October 14 – October 21, 2012

8 Days with Harold Davis, Photographer-in-Chief, and Mark Brokering, Director of Social Awesomeness

Scouting photography exploration of Paris in autumn strictly limited to six photographers!


Offered in cooperation with Accolades International Tours for the Arts, A division of Group Travel Directors

La Tour Eiffel © 2012 Mark Brokering
La Tour Eiffel © 2012 Mark Brokering

2000 West 98th Street
Minneapolis MN 55431-2593

Phone: 952-881-7811; Toll Free: 800-747-2255; Fax: 952-881-6276

Photography begins with the medium of light, which the artist captures and applies to the canvas in endlessly surprising ways. And what better place to explore this medium than Paris, the City of Light?

Join acclaimed photographer Harold Davis for a week in Paris, the birthplace of photography, where you’ll have the opportunity to experience firsthand the places and sights that have inspired artists for centuries. We’ll focus our lenses on Paris in autumn and the sometimes stark, sometimes colorful compositions of this season, Paris at night, and Paris in black & white, reinterpreting for ourselves some of the images that have been captured in paint and on film by many great artists, including Daguerre, Monet, Atget, Picasso, and Erwitt. We’ll have a grand time photographing and we’ll return home with many priceless shots to treasure!

Registration information: Register online for the Photograph Paris in the Autumn with Harold Davis workshop. If registering by phone, please call 800.747.2255 and ask for Sarah Loan at Extension 120.

This will be an extremely small group—limited to six photographers—and everyone can expect to receive individual attention and photographic encouragement! Harold will make personalized suggestions for how to improve your work, so that you can come home with photographs of Paris you are extremely proud of.


Day-by-Day Itinerary

Code:  Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Itinerary subject to change.

Day 1, Saturday, 10/13/12
Depart San Francisco or Chicago O’Hare (or other points of departure) for Paris.

Day 2, Sunday, 10/14/12 (D)


  • Flights from San Francisco, Chicago O’Hare, and other points of departure arrive mid-morning at CDG.
  • Private coach transfer into Paris, passing sites we’ll visit later in the week, such as Montmartre, Sacré Coeur, Notre Dame Cathedral, the Louvre, Place de la Concorde, the Grand Palais, Hôtel des Invalides (where Napoleon is buried), and the Eiffel Tower.
  • Drop bags at hotel.
Hotel Lutetia at night by Mark Brokering
Hotel Lutetia at night © Mark Brokering


  • Stretch your legs after the long trip with a walk along Blvd St-Germain and Blvd St-Michel.
  • Free Time
  • Introductions/Orientation Meeting at our beautiful and historic Hotel Lutetia, in the Latin Quarter.
  • Welcome dinner at the nearby historic La Petite Chaise


  • Night shooting near our hotel in Paris’s exciting Latin Quarter (Sèvres-Babylone, St-Germain des Prés, St-Sulpice)


Hotel Lutetia by Mark Brokering
Hotel Lutetia © Mark Brokering


Day 3, Monday, 10/15/12 (B)

Morning–Falling in Love with the Latin Quarter and the Banks of the Seine.

  • Boulevard St-Germain
  • Boulevard St-Michel
  • The Sorbonne
  • Panthéon
  • Banks of the Seine
  • Shakespeare and Company


  • Picnic lunch in the Jardin des Plantes and a visit to Paris’s hidden garden within a garden, the Jardin Alpin.


  • Île Saint-Louis
  • Île de la Cité ( Pont Neuf, Bouquinistes)
  • Notre Dame Cathedral, including the towers and the crypt.


  • Bateaux-Mouches river tour–a great after-sunset scouting and shooting excursion from a unique angle
  • Night shooting at the Louvre and Place de la Concorde
Paris by Eugene Atget
Paris by Eugene Atget

Day 4, Tuesday, 10/16/12 (B)

North Transept Rose Window; source: Wikimedia Commons
North Transept Rose Window; source: Wikimedia Commons
  • Photo review at hotel
  • Proceed to Chartres by high-speed train
  • Photography of Chartres Cathedral, a World Heritage Site, exterior and interior (stained glass)
  • Photograph picturesque areas of Chartres, which is in the middle of an area that produces perfumes from natural ingredients.
  • Return to Paris


  •  Île de la Cité, including Notre Dame Cathedral and Pont Neuf
Day 5, Wednesday, 10/17/12 (B)
  • Photo review at hotel of Tuesday’s shoots
  • Photo Assignment–Explore the The Latin Quarter (St-Germain-des-Prés, Blvd St-Germain, Blvd St-Michel) independently or in small groups. Maps with promising venues will be provided. You may also choose to leave the Latin Quarter and explore other parts of the city.
Notre Dame Gargoyle by Yvon
Notre Dame Gargoyle by Yvon (Pierre Petit), circa 1930s


Early Afternoon

  • Review of the morning’s Photo Assignment.


  • Montmartre Cemetery
  • Montmartre/Sacré Coeur
  • Picnic Dinner on the steps of Sacré Coeur, overlooking Paris.


  • Sacré Coeur
  • Pigalle district at dusk (home of Paris’s most famous cabarets, including the Moulin Rouge, plus the seedy neon-lit red-light district).
The Vampire by Charles Nègre, 1853
The Vampire by Charles Nègre, 1853

Day 6, Thursday, 10/18/12 (B, D)

Morning and Afternoon

  • Vaux-le-Vicomte (departure time TBD).

The Château de Vaux-le-Vicomte is a baroque French château located in Maincy, near Melun, 55 km southeast of Paris in the Seine-et-Marne département of France. It was built from 1658 to 1661 for Nicolas Fouquet, Marquis de Belle Île, Viscount of Melun and Vaux, the superintendent of finances of Louis XIV.

The château was an influential work of architecture in mid-17th century Europe. At Vaux-le-Vicomte, the architect Louis Le Vau, the landscape architect André le Nôtre, and the painter-decorator Charles Le Brun worked together on a large-scale project for the first time. Their collaboration marked the beginning of the “Louis XIV style” combining architecture, interior design and landscape design. The garden’s pronounced visual axis is an example of this style.

The château was lavish, refined, and dazzling to behold, but these characteristics proved tragic for its owner: the king had Fouquet arrested shortly after a famous fête that took place on 17 August 1661 where Molière’s play ‘Les Fâcheux’ debuted.The celebration had been too impressive and the superintendent’s home too luxurious. Fouquet’s intentions were to flatter the King: part of Vaux-le-Vicomte was actually constructed specifically for the king, but Fouquet’s plan backfired. Jean-Baptiste Colbert led the king to believe that his minister’s magnificence was funded by the misappropriation of public funds. Colbert, who then replaced Fouquet as superintendent of finances, arrested him.Later, Voltaire was to sum up the famous fête thus: “On 17 August, at six in the evening Fouquet was the King of France: at two in the morning he was nobody.”

Gardens:  The gardens of Vaux-le-Vicomte sweep along a grand perspective, of almost a mile and a half. The vast area is divided up into a sequence of terraces, forming an orderly composition of box hedge borders based on motifs from Turkish carpets, bordered flower beds, shrubberies, grottos, lawns, lakes and fountains. If no other garden of the period were to have survived, the Vaux gardens would suffice to illustrate the principles of landscape gardening in the age of elegance. We will shoot the gardens keeping in mind the autumnal seasonality and hoping to emulate some of the stark and memorable garden imagery of Atget.

Vaux-le-Vicomte; courtesy: Friends of Vaux
Vaux-le-Vicomte; courtesy: Friends of Vaux



  • Group dinner near the Eiffel Tower


  • La Tour Eiffel

    Atget, Rue des Ursins, c. 1900
    Rue des Ursins by Atget, circa 1900

Day 7, Friday, 10/19/12 (B)


  • Photo Review at Hotel
  • Canal Saint-Martin
  • Gare du Nord
  • Gare de l’Est


  • Place de la Concorde
  • Tuileries Gardens
  • Champs-Élysées/Arc de Triomphe


  • Free time to explore the Champs-Élysées and Etoile.


  • Arc de Triomphe
  • Champs-Élysées

Day 8, Saturday, 10/20/12 (B, D)

Morning–Exploring the Eiffel Tower and its surroundings

  • École Militaire
  • Champs de Mars
  • La Tour Eiffel
  • Palais de Chaillot
  • Pont de Bir-Hakeim (featured in “Last Tango in Paris” and pictured below), Pont de Grenelle, and Île aux Cygnes
  • Discuss afternoon’s Photo Assignment
Pont de Bir-Hakeim
Pont de Bir-Hakeim by Izis Bidermanas, 1948



  • Alone or in small groups, spend the afternoon at one or two sites doing your photographic exploration of the city. A list of possible sites and a special Photo Assignment will be provided by your hosts.

Late Afternoon

  • Meet at hotel for show-and-tell of Photo Assignments, plus other photos from the day.
  • Group dinner at La Cambuse, a charming neighborhood restaurant by Odeon.


  • Return to The Eiffel Tower.
  • Shoot Paris from the top of the Eiffel Tower. Right up until 11 p.m. in the evening you can scale the heights and admire Paris by night. After sunset, the Eiffel tower sparkles and bathes in golden light to welcome its night time visitors and offers a breathtaking view of the Paris lights.

Day 9, Sunday, 10/21/13 (B)

  • Flight back to the U.S.


Additional places the group may explore, time permitting:

  • Sainte-Chapelle
  • Hôtel des Invalides
  • Musée d’Orsay
  • Musée Rodin
  • Église de la Madeleine
  • L’Opéra
  • Parc Monceau
  • Hôtel de Ville
  • The Catacombs
  • Parc Montsouris
  • Père-Lachaise Cemetery
  • Parc des Buttes Chaumont
  • Butte aux Cailles district
  • Square René Viviani and Saint-Julien-le-Pauvre
  • Chapelle Expiatoire
  • Palais-Royal
  • La Défense
Notre Dame at Midnight © 2012 Mark Brokering
Notre Dame at Midnight © 2012 Mark Brokering


 What’s included in the Paris Workshop with Harold Davis?

  • EXPERT INSTRUCTION: Daily instruction in photography provided by Harold Davis.
  • EXPERT GUIDANCE: Daily guiding and trip management provided by Mark Brokering.
  • ACCOMMODATION: Seven nights accommodation in first class hotel, double occupancy, with private facilities.  Hotel as listed or similar.
  • MEALS: Breakfast daily and three dinners as outlined in the itinerary.
  • GROUND TRANSPORT: One group arrival transfer and one group departure transfer, and excursions to Chartres by train and Vaux-le-Vicomte.  Paris Visite metro passes included for six days, Zones 1-3.
  • SIGHTSEEING: Entrance to Vaux-le-Vicomte, and Bateaux-Mouches.
  • PORTERAGE: Luggage handling of one piece per person at the hotel.
  • EXPERT GUIDES: An experienced English-speaking tour guide for arrival assistance and panoramic tour.
  • GRATUITIES: Gratuities to drivers and guides (for your convenience, $38 per person has been included).
  • ALL THE INFO YOU NEED: Comprehensive documentation including travel accessory, bag tags, name tags, flight and land itineraries, destination literature, customs information, travel tips and more.

 Items that are not included:

  • Airfare and taxes.
  • Fees to permit photography in locations such as Chartres and Vaux-le-Vicomte, if applicable.
  • Fuel surcharges and/or tax increases levied since the pricing of this tour.
  • Beverages other than coffee/tea at breakfast.
  • Any meal or sightseeing item not listed in the itinerary.
  • Items of a personal nature.
  • Optional insurance for health, baggage, and trip cancellation/interruption is not included and highly recommended.  Please refer to the Travel Insurance section.
  • Passport fees.  A passport valid six months beyond date of reentry to the U.S. is required.
  • No visa is required for U.S. citizens; non-U.S. citizens may require a visa.


Tour cost summary: $6100

(*Costs per person are based on double occupancy in USD)

Non-Photographer spouses: We welcome non-photographer spouses and significant others, but space is very strictly limited. This workshop is limited to 6 photographers and 2 non-photographers, so if you are interested in travelling with a non-photographer please don’t delay your registration!


Other Tour Costs

Optional Individual Supplements:

Single room cost $1899 in addition to base tour cost.

Important Notes:

The tour cost is per person based on double occupancy, tariffs and currency valuations as of June 2012, a minimum of 6 travelers, and subject to confirmation.  While we will do everything possible to maintain the listed price and/or itinerary, they are subject to change due to circumstances beyond our control.  Single room supplements may have limited availability and are on a request basis only.


For Residents of California
Accolades International Tours for the Arts is registered as a seller of travel with the State of California: CST 2108836

Registration as a seller of travel does not constitute approval by the State of California.

As a seller of travel not based in California, Accolades International Tours for the Arts does not participate in the California Travel Consumer Restitution Fund.

California law requires that sellers of travel have a trust account or bond.  Accolades International Tours for the Arts maintains a trust account.

Tour Conditions

These tour conditions are subject to confirmation of space and may change until contracts applicable to actual dates have been received and accepted by all parties involved.

  • PAYMENT SCHEDULE:  Your reservation and deposit of $1400 per person are requested immediately to fulfill the group deadline requirements.  The balance will be due August 10, 2012. Note that space is limited and reservations are taken on a first come, first served basis. Because this workshop is just a few months away, the hotel has required a nonrefundable deposit of $1,400/person. Therefore, we highly recommend trip insurance.   For credit card payment Accolades accepts Visa, MasterCard, Discover or American Express.
  • REFUND POLICY:  All cancellations must be in writing.  For cancellations where the traveler is not at fault or not in violation of the terms and conditions stated herein (e.g., cancellation of the tour prior to departure), a full and prompt refund will be made for all services not provided.  Note that there is no refund for partial or unused land arrangements declined by the traveler.  The following penalties will apply:  From time of registration until September 29, 2012 – Deposit plus any unrecoverable payments to hotels or tour operators; September 30, 2012 or after – No refund.
  • LATE BOOKINGS:  Passengers registering within thirty days of tour departure will be charged a $50 per person fee.  Tour payment in full is required before we can request and confirm space.  This fee does not cover any additional airline or ground service charges.

Note to our travelers:

Be assured that Accolades continually monitors industry events, such as airline strikes, bankruptcies, etc.  If any such events affect your tour, you will be notified.  At the time this tour was developed there was no U.S. State Department Travel Warning in effect for this destination; please refer to the following website for current information or call Accolades.  http://travel.state.gov/travel/cis_pa_tw/tw/tw_1764.html


Accolades Travel Insurance:

Travel insurance is included as an option with the initial tour deposit and is highly recommended.  Accolades offers a competitive policy from an independent company.  By purchasing insurance at the time the tour deposit is made, you can be covered for events that may cause you to cancel or interrupt your trip, e.g., pre-existing medical conditions (certain restrictions apply). If you decline travel insurance at the time of reservation, you may purchase it within 14 days with the pre-existing conditions waiver or you may purchase it later without the pre-existing conditions waiver.  You may contact Travel Insured International for further information before making your decision: 800-243-3174.

Accolades Travel Insurance Inclusions:

Trip Cancellation: Up to Tour Cost*
Trip Interruption: Up to 150% of Tour Cost**
Travel Delay: $750
Missed Connection: $300
Baggage: $1,000
Baggage Delay: $200
Medical Expense: $50,000
Evacuation/Repatriation: $500,000
Accidental Death: $10,000
Assistance Service: Included
* A maximum of $6500 per person
** A maximum of $9750 per person

Cost of this optional Accolades Travel Insurance is $330 per person.  Additional coverage provided as needed; the full cost of your tour must be covered*.  NOTE: Residents of Indiana, Minnesota, Missouri, New Hampshire, Pennsylvania, and Washington will receive a state-specific Description of Coverage, which can also be requested by calling 866-684-0218.


Conditions and Responsibility:

 Group Travel Directors (GTD) dba Accolades International Tours for the Arts provides customized travel planning throughout the world for group travelers who have a variety of reasons and goals for travel.  The goals and/or opinions of these groups do not reflect or imply the position of GTD in any matter.  Brochure contents may not be duplicated without permission from GTD.  In offering these travel arrangements, Group Travel Directors, Inc. (GTD) acts solely as an agent for the sale of air transportation and other travel related services.  GTD maintains no control over the personnel, equipment or operations of any entity furnishing services, products or accommodations.  GTD assumes no responsibility or liability for, and shall not be expected, asked or required to pay for any injury, damage, expense, personal injury, property damage, inconvenience or any other loss experienced by reason of:  (1) any intentional, wrongful, negligent or unauthorized act or omission on the part of any supplier, its agents or employees; (2) any defect, breakdown or other failure of any vehicle, equipment, service, product or other instrumentality which is owned, operated or otherwise used by a supplier; (3) any intentional, wrongful, negligent, or unauthorized act or omission on the part of any other party not under the direct control of GTD; (4) financial problems or default causing nonperformance by any supplier; or (5) any other cause, condition or event whatsoever beyond the direct control of GTD.  GTD cannot guarantee any rates, bookings or reservations of any supplier.  Your retention of tickets, reservations or bookings after issuance shall constitute a consent to the foregoing provisions.  All prices quoted are subject to change if airlines or ground operators increase their prices, the U.S. dollar is devalued significantly against foreign currencies, the group falls below minimum numbers, or a fuel surcharge, government tax or user’s fee is imposed.  Baggage and personal effects are the sole responsibility of the owners at all times.  GTD reserves the right to withdraw from any tour any tour member whose conduct is incompatible with the interests of the group as a whole.  The above Conditions and Responsibility also includes the group leaders and their respective organizations.


For more information about the Workshop in Paris with Harold Davis, please contact:

Harold Davis
632 San Fernando Ave
Berkeley, CA 94707

Also, you may contact:

Accolades International Tours for the Arts
2000 West 98th Street
Minneapolis, MN 55431-2593
952-881-7811 or 800-747-2255
fax: 952-881-6276


Register online for the Photograph Paris in the Autumn with Harold Davis workshop. If registering by phone,please ask for Sarah Loan at Extension 120.


Reservation Application

Photograph Paris in the Autumn with Harold Davis * October 14 – October 21, 2012

Please provide your name as it appears (or will appear) on your passport:

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Deposit/Travel Insurance (please check one):   You may also register online at www.gtd.org.

I/we choose the following deposit option:

$1730 per person inclusive of travel insurance for the main tour – see above.

$1400 per person without travel insurance.  I/we decline insurance now, but understand it

can be purchased later per information provided elsewhere in this flyer.

$1730 / $1400  X _________ person(s) = $__________________total deposit.


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