She gave us the classic Chanel suit and the little black dress, and now Coco Chanel—la femme—has proved her staying power thanks to the recent films Coco Before Chanel and Coco Chanel & Igor Stravinsky. With the customized Coco Before Chanel Tour (The French Experience; frenchexperience.com; three-day tours from $583 per day), you can retrace the designer’s footsteps with visits to her favorite spots: lunch at Café Angelina, the famous Paris teahouse; accommodations at the Hôtel Ritz Paris, where she lived from 1934 until her death in 1971; a drive to Saumur, the Loire Valley village where she was born; and a day in Deauville, the seaside resort where she opened her first boutique in 1913. Young Gabrielle Chanel’s shop has long since closed, but her legacy lives on.
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