A visit with Josephine Baker

The most charismatic of performers, singer, dancer and actress Josephine Baker (1906-1975) exploded on the Paris stage in 1925 and overnight re-defined the public perception of African-Americans. "She showed that black was beautiful," wrote the New Yorker's Janet Flanner, and Ernest Hemingway called her "the most sensational woman anybody ever saw."

In 1947, Josephine embarked on her greatest challenge - to form a "rainbow tribe" of children from all races, housing them in a fairytale chateau called Les Milandes. Her plan failed. In 1968, Les Milandes was sold for taxes and the family and her possessions dispersed. Only the generosity of Princess Grace of Monaco ensured that one of the most spectacular stars of her time had a home during the last years of her career.

Now you can share in the life of this remarkable woman.


  • Coffee, tea or an aperitif served on silverware from the chateau of Les Milandes.
  • Introductory talk on Baker, her life and achievements, illustrated with  photographs, magazines, programmes etc, documenting her often extravagant life-style.
  • Screening of rare films showing Josephine on stage and in films.
  • Complimentary booklet reproducing some of the rarest items of memorabilia.

A VISIT WITH JOSEPHINE BAKER lasts two hours. Cost, including coffee, tea, aperitif, snacks etc:  €100 per person. Times by arrangement.








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“ Barbara and I have such wonderful memories of the day we spent with you in Montparnasse and in your flat. An unforgettable day”

Howard and Barbara Gradet - Baltimore, Maryland

“John, a very wonderful experience/day. The lunch chef deserves extra credit for the best quiche we had during the stay!”

Steve Kozey - Carmel, Indiana

“John Baxter’s walking tour was the unqualified highlight of my recent trip to Paris. I thought I was old friends with the sixth arrondissement, but John re-introduced me and made me fall in love with it all over again”

Patrick McGiligan - Milwaukee, Wisconsin

“I just wanted to thank you for a terrific day. I really enjoyed the walk and learning so much more about Paris and the characters who had lived there. Thanks for an informative and insightful experience. ”

K.F. Sydney, Australia

“Our time with you was the high point of our Paris visit: exercise, history, culture, wine, cheese, good conversation, camaraderie. ”

J and P. Q. Auckland, NZ

“Having visited Paris many times and read all the books about the great authors of the first half of the 20th century, I thought I was well-versed. Then I accompanied John Baxter on a walk through St Germaine, and he opened windows onto the lives, works and haunts of Fitzgerald, Hemingway, Harry Crosby, John dos Passos and Co, and brought their magical world to life. John is a wise and charming guide,  and a wander through Paris in his company is highly recommended. ”

Larry W., Sydney, Australia

“John, our walk on Friday was a huge success for each of us. You took us to amazing places which we would have passed unnoticed without you. Your funny, revealing, and often surprising account of the Paris you so obviously love drew us closer too. The wonderful lunch in your home was the perfect tonic after our labors. When the new books hit the street, we'll be all over them.”

Sharon, Larry, Mary & Glenn, San Francisco, Cal

“A heart-felt “thank you” for the wonderful walking tour of Montparnasse, the fascinating stories and conversation, and the delicious luncheon at your beautiful apartment.  How wonderful to be able to live in the midst of history, walk in the steps of such literary giants and artists, and step out on your balcony for not only a lovely street view, but also a fabulous view of Montmartre and Sacre Coeur.  Cheri and I will talk fondly about the experience for the rest of our lives.  ”

Linda B. Boston, Mass.