Paris By Night

This is our night to visit our favorite Senegalese restaurant where the food is always on point and the vibes will make you feel like you’re in Africa. John & Justine Smith were celebrating 50 years of black love and we were delighted they chose to spend it on our Black Paris Tour.

We surprised them with sweets, sparklers and champagne and after dinner 4 stretch limos awaited to whisk us away, to roll through the streets of Paris admiring the monuments bathed in light; thus the nickname ”City of Light”.

i know I said this is it but what gets me is the love I receive while I’m here from corporate down to the housekeeping staff willing to jump through hoops to keep me satisfied. April 20-27, 2023 we will be back and word of mouth has us just about maxed out. Its been a wonderful week with a wonderful group.

Dinner Near the Seine River

Today was the excursion to the Musee du Louvre. Our private bus dropped the group off steps away from the glass pyramid. Paris has tons of museums but whats a trip to Paris without a visit to the iconic Louvre. Afterwards, all were free to do their thing, whatever it may have been

Dinner tonight was at a delightful restaurant a stone’s throw from the river which happened to be a short 10 min walk from our hotel. There were oohs, ahhs and 2 thumbs up on service, taste and presentation. It is definitely a keeper. Upon leaving, all were treated to Lady Eiffel blinging on the hour. She is truly a sight to behold.

There are several on this tour that are repeaters Cassandra Caldwell is one who has been with us for 13 years. We love the fact that we have devoted travelers.

PARIS EST MAGNIFIQUE!

The Kattrax group of 21 landed in this wonderful city 4 days ago. They were coming from North Carolina, D.C., Florida, Colorado, Nevada, and California all excited and ready to explore the “City of Light”, in a way most never have the opportunity to do.

I was so happy to see my long time limo driver, Fahim waiting for me as I exited the terminal. Upon my arrival at our delightful hotel in the chic 16th arrondisement I instantly felt at home. We’ve been using this property for 15 years. Oh how nice to see some of the same front desk clerks and housekeeping staff.

Dinner at Babylone was as usual on point, so tasty and everybody was excitedly chatting, meeting new friends and in some cases getting reacquainted.

Ricki Stevenson’s Black Paris Tour was definitely a highlight with Guide Miguel and Ricki’s daughter, Dedie B. The group learned so much as we paid homage to Alexander Dumas, a stop by the church to see the Black Madonna and the Pantheon where Josephine Baker was recently inducted as the first black woman, first Ametican and 5th woman to have such an honor.

The shoppers had an opportunity to pick up a few items at the newly opened LITTLE AFRICA VILLAGE, the brainchild of Jacqueline Ngo MPii and Patrick Banks. We took a break for lunch in the quaint suburb of Neuilly-sur-Seine at Le Chalet. Overall, quite an enjoyable day.

I know I’ve said it so many times and I hate to be a liar but the pressure is on for a return trip. We shall see.

With Great Sadness

Sadly, I write this email to inform you that we’ve lost a member of our travel family.  Marlene Archey-Crim, mother of Kellea Woods passed away yesterday in her sleep. Kellea is devastated and rightfully so. Please keep Kellea and family in your prayers. 

Marlene traveled with us out of Barcelona 2016, Marseille & Ghana and was planning to join us next year on the Breakaway cruise.  With over 150 in our Kattrax Family that were blessed to have met Marlene and hundreds on top of hundreds that have met Kellea there is no way I could send individual messages, thus my blog

Let’s cherish our precious memories

What’s Going On?

Greetings Travelers,

So much has been going on. I’m super excited that borders are open, Covid restrictions are being lifted and those of you that faithfully held on and postponed when we were able to do so.

Black Paris is in 2 weeks, then next month we go ”Down Under” to Australia, The Great Barrier Reef, and trendy Melbourne. In July we have a couple openings for Negril. We have space for South Africa in September, Egypt and Sharm El Sheikh in November. Currently our Kenya Safari is sold out but things do change. You can always get on our waitlists.

2023 is in full effect with Ghana in February, Colombia in March, Tuscany in June and fabulous Dubai/Abu Dhabi Oct 14-22. Its almost sold out and it hasn’t been posted yet. It will be about Style Luxury Service and all about that Yacht life. Yes, you can get on the waitlist.

Today, I was invited to BOLD BRAVE TV and we chatted about ”Building Relationships” and in my case as it relates to my travel business. Check out the Youtube link

More of Kat’s Kibbles & Bits

South Africa, we’ve been waitIng for you since 2020. Your borders are open now and I’m still so excited to bring my friends back again after 12 consecutive tours. So many of my past South Africa travelers that have been around the world and to some of the most beautiful places, all say; ”My best trip ever has been on Kat’s South African Luxury Safari”. Why? because I present the Best of the Best for their pleasure and enjoyment. A Cape Town hotel that our beloved former President Obama, Mary J, Michael Jackson have frequented, 5 Star restaurants hand picked by yours truly, one of the best game lodges to view the Big 5, and a lovely hotel in Joburg adjacent to the mall at Nelson Mandela Square. We’ve added more space and we are going. They’ve been locked down as we have been locked down as most of the world has been but now South Africa is fine and dandy. Don’t miss out on this trip that is truly a trip of a lifetime. Dates: Sept 18-27, 2022. Inbox me at rivoli98@yahoo.com for reservations

Kat’s Kibbles and Bits

Just back from Dubai & Abu Dhabi 3 weeks now and I must admit out of all my trips there the past 10 years; this was my most enjoyable. So much so that we will do it again Oct 2023. Its already 1/3 filled and exact dates nor price have been published.

We leave for our annual Black Paris tour in one month and the excitement is high as everyone has been on board and patiently waiting since Covid-19 put the brakes on everything. May 31 Australia; the land down under; here we come.

July will be full with the North Sea Jazz fest & Iceland followed by our Negril Tree House Takeover. September will be just as full with South Africa followed by the Kenya Safari – All sold out Then comes November with Egypt and the lovely resort area on the Red Sea; Sharm El Sheikh. This is your trip of a lifetime, nothing like cruising the Nile river – space still available.

2023 – February 4-12 Ghana; Cape Coast Castles & the Ashanti Region of Kumasi

March 10 – Afro Colombia (waitlist) June 12-21 Tuscany by Motorcoach (waitlist)

Finally, that brings us full circle to Dubai and literally in the sky. Dates and rates coming soon.

LET’S PARTY ON THE BREAKAWAY

DECEMBER 12-17, 2023

Join us for a 5 night Western Caribbean Cruise from New Orleans and explore the destinations of Cozumel, Costa Maya & 2 fun days at sea. The Breakaway pays homage to New York City featuring New York themed decor throughout the ship and you will find plenty to remind you of The Big Apple. No need to hail a cab and fight traffic to see a Broadway show. They are right there on the BREAKAWAY. So many bars and lounges it may take awhile for you to find your favorite. They boast the only ice bar at sea. Spa connoisseurs; you will love the Mandara Spa offering over 50 specialty treatments.

Now before you set sail, enjoy all the goodness NAWLINS has to offer: the best restaurants, mmm Charbroiled oysters, Crawfish Etouffee, & Bananas Foster. Visit The Free People of Color Museum, The Whitney Plantation and don’t forget…ALL THAT JAZZ.

So boss up and let’s toast it up! Balcony Stateroom $898pp Deposit $125pp Email Kat for reservations rivoli98@yahoo.com

What A Day & Night

Today we headed to EXPO 2020, runs for 5 months and next month it ends; delayed due to the pandemic. Did we feel blessed to experience this event. Its situated between Dubai and Abu Dhabi on over 1,050 acres. No way would I attempt to walk this out so Debra, Briana, Elvin and myself hired our own personal buggy driver for 4 hours. There are 192 countries represented and what a spectacle. The architecture of the Pavilions is amazing but my focus was on ALKEBULAN- The African Dining Hall. The food quite enjoyable and I was delighted to meet Burundi born, Belgian trained Chef Coco.

After this wonderful day, 8 of us celebrated Joey & Susie Smith’s 50th anniversary at ATMOSPHERE on the 122nd floor of the Burj Khalifa. The chef showed us what he was working with. His Amuse Bouche and presentation truly made our mouths feel happy I and Joey had the Duck Breast, Susie the Lamb Shank, Tiny a pasta dish and Debra & Regina the unbelievable Seafood Platter. Not quite sure what Jack & Nana had as they were across the table from me but all were satisfied with their selections.

What a wonderful way to end a wonderful day. in the morning we are scheduled here at our hotel for our Covid test in order to return home.

The ”Wow Factor”

This tour has been nothing less than the WOW factor. When we stayed at THE W BARCELONA 2016, I said it was the sexiest hotel ever. Well let me tell you SLS DUBAI has got them beat.

Friday was a leisure day and everybody did their own thing. Regina, Tiny, Brianna and myself had a Spa day on the Palm at Talise Ottoman located inside Jumeriah Zabeel Saray. We all had the Sultan’s Massage,relaxation room, then steam room, then jacuzzi. One of the hotel’s cars took us and returned for us. Dinner was on the sunset cruise but I wasnt satisfied. It looks like I may come back and if so I will be replacing that with a fabulous yacht on a daytime cruise. My contact tells me since Covid-19 certain companies have disappeared and I so understand. We in tourism got hit harder than anybody. I thank God for getting me through to see a light in the tunnel.

Today was the City tour which included going to the 124th floor of the Burj Khalifa, the gold souk where I understand several bought gold, gold and more gold. I stayed back and did Kat stuff which included a business lunch in the SO BAR here at SLS, level 71.

Tonight we saw the fabulous performance of Le Perle The theatrics and acrobatics were phenomenal. A few of us headed to Carna, a steakhouse on level 74. it was after 11p and we were served. The service impeccable and the food is outstanding,

Tomorrow we go to Expo 2020… stay tuned!