Praise From the Press

If you want to spend Valentine’s day in Paris, Karen can arrange everything from airline tickets to aperitifs. – Boston Globe

Oh la la! – Delta Sky Magazine

Karen’s itineraries point out the hidden treasures of Parisian neighborhoods – and make it impossible to get lost.  – Seven Days

Exceptional. All the gardens you could hope to see. – American Public Radio

Splendid. – Montreal Gazette

A great value. – Burlington Free Press

What Clients are Saying

We walked miles, rested in beautiful parks, met many friendly people and we’ll never forget the experience. Vive la France!  Jewell F, Connecticut

Karen is great! Very enthusiastic, interested and helpful. With her itinerary and insightful comments we felt that we got a good sense of the real essence of Paris.  Marlowe F, Boston

Your carnet was invaluable with all the advice. We loved your walking routes – very, very wonderful. Heather K, Charlotte, VT

Karen made my first trip to Paris easy. She found my hotel, arranged taxi service to and from the airport, led me to wonderful restaurants and gave me invaluable tips. And she did it all within my budget. My trip to Paris was memorable and I have Karen to thank for it.  Sue T., Denver, CO


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My wife and I spent an exceptional and memorable Easter break in Paris – thanks to Karen and Paris by Design. Karen provided us with up-to-date information on exhibitions and recommended places to visit which are off the beaten track – you can tell Karen has personally spent a lot of time in Paris and loves this city herself!  Willie K., Schlangen, Germany

I loved being able to concentrate on the beauty of the city around me without worrying where I was going or if I had gone too far out to find my way back. I appreciated the companionship Karen offered and especially her knowledge of the city broken down into interesting bits of information.  Hannah M., Burlington, VT

Thanks so much for everything you recommended…all went off without a hitch and we thoroughly enjoyed everything. Special commendations to both our guides, Cerise and Mary.  Both of them spent well beyond the prescribed time frame with us and gave us a lovely experienceI will definitely use your services when we return—as we will—or, when we venture to Montreal.  Jeff H., Baltimore, MD

Wonderful job planning so we could see so much of Paris, a variety of museums and still have time to enjoy one another’s company.  Dee H, Corwall, VT

Dinner was incredible – I think you must have secured us the best table in the restaurant. Our waiter was gorgeous – very Parisian but didn’t seem to mind our school room French. We had oysters, lobster, crème brulée and a fantastic bottle of wine…  Nikki G, New Zealand


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Just wanted to let you know that we are back, still reveling in a great trip! We can’t thank you enough for your help with the Paris leg of our journey.We really feel like we saw a lot of Paris. The kids had a lot of opportunities to use the language, which was great. Thanks again for all your help! You were a lifesaver!!  Jane and Roger D, Westchester, PA

It was wonderful to have our own guide and the ability to customize our sightseeing.The assurance of being met and escorted by so gracious a gentleman and covering so much with the history so completely explained made this trip for me the best that I have had to a city that I love.  Ellie F, St Petersburg, FL

I love the way you make an ordinary-appearing street, say Mont Royal or St. Denis, come to life as you lead us through conventional doors into surprising discoveries. Just the kind of exploring I like. The pace was perfect as was the mix of bakeries, buttons, bookstores, and chocolatiers.  Susan B, Montpelier, VT

We had a wonderful trip, made possible with your great itinerary and tips!!!! Our five days in Paris were exquisite and a feast for the senses. We did as you suggested, adding and subtracting to our itinerary and feeling totally at ease exploring.  Cathy and Harry S, NYC

Thank you so much! The art was fantastic. The food was wonderful. It was so relaxing to spend time with my friends and make new friends in a wonderful city. Sharyle D, Davie, FL

Grace had a chocolate croissant and was in seventh heaven. John and I each had hot chocolate which was the best hot chocolate I’ve ever had. How do you find these places?  Robyn Y, Williston, VT


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The cooking class was fabulous. The restaurants were incredible and everybody was so nice. Your maps and guides worked great and we used them everyday. Thank you for your help and suggestions
.  Daryl D, Milwaukee, WI

I have to gush about the Saturday voyage of Fashion in Montreal. Thank you so much for all of your scouting and research, and your attention to all of the details that assured our collective comfort and safety. Our group was such a wonderful mix of people. I enjoyed great conversations all day long. As usual, Karen, you created a memorable, fun, and unique experience for us.  Nancy F, Fairfax, VT

Your assistance converted the stay from a “What is there to do today” situation to a situation where we were as busy as we wanted to be every single moment, and felt very comfortable setting out on the expeditions you mapped out for us.  Mike & Margie K, Birmingham, MI

My 75 year old mother and I had an amazing trip and felt so “in” with the help of Karen’s guides/information. I cannot recommend her highly enough.  Andrea L, Burlington, VT

We absolutely loved Macéo—it was just right for us!! We had a great table in the corner and devoured everything most happily. And the service–amazing. I guess I should mention…we got engaged that night. John popped the question while we were observing the lights on the Champs-Elysées. I said “oui”.  Angela D, Newtonville, MA

The hotel selection was excellent, the location was perfect. The transfers and reservations were all handled like clockwork. Our barge experience through Burgundy was excellent as well. Thank you for all your help and expertise. Your planning and arrangements made for a successful and enjoyable vacation for everyone.  Tom P, Morganville

You have a gift for learning your client’s interests and molding the itinerary to delight the traveler.  Mary K, Liverpool, NY