Walking Tours

Gourmet Marais

We explore the Marais district following a theme that is very close to the heart of the French, and mine: culinary delights. We do as the French do on a Sunday morning; go to the market. We visit various venues in order to obtain a wide panorama of French specialities. Excellence with MOF (Meilleur Ouvriers de France : best “workers” in France), the ‘Terroir”, AOCs (Appellations of Controlled Origin)… As we go along, we talk about the very rich history of the Marais district as we pass various monuments. We finish on Place des Vosges – most beautiful square in Paris – to enjoy the very best macaroons! Informative in a fun and informal manner. Less activity on Mondays.

Depending on your interest and energy level, we can either walk, or take the funicular, or take the Little Train to the top of the hill (same to come down). There, we visit the Sacré Coeur basilica (ground level) and enjoy the sweeping panoramic views. Then, we discover the little winding streets of Montmartre, its vineyards, windmills, village atmosphere. It is one of the most picturesque parts in town. Away from the beaten path, we walk in the footsteps of Saint Denis, the Republicans of the Commune and the many artists who lived a bohemian life at the turn of the 20th century. The artistic tradition is very much alive: you can even have your portrait made!

Palais Royal & Galleries, Covered Passages

Located in the very heart of the city, the “Royal Palace” remains a hidden gem, the most beautiful Neoclassical ensemble we have in Paris. A high place of French history in the 1600’s and 1700’s, it was the place of all scandals around the time of the Revolution. “Paris is the capital of the world and the Palais Royal is the capital of Paris“, wrote Sebastien Mercier. One could find restaurants, cafés, shops, theatres … and more. Then, we move on in history to discover a number of galleries and passages, built in the 19th century in order to shelter a wealthy Parisian clientele from the uncertain weather. They were so strikingly modern at the time that they inspired others as far as Milan! Avoid Sundays.

Flea Market of Saint-Ouen Clignancourt

Over 100 years ago, it started as a place where rag-and-bone men were selling their merchandise on the ground. Nowadays it has 7 hectares (17 acres), 14 markets, 1700 stall holders. I love to wander through the alleyways to show you antiques but also books, designer shops, kitchen utensils, clothes, bistros … and so much more! There is absolutely everything, from junk to high quality antiques. It is an incredible change of scene. It really has become a must see. Only open on Saturdays and Sundays.

Latin Quarter & Notre Dame Cathedral

The historical and geographical heart of Paris. The old Roman town developed there before, in the Middle Ages, it became an intellectual centre thanks to the universities. We visit the Luxembourg gardens, we see the Pantheon and the Sorbonne University, the square of the Contrescarpe, we pass Shakespeare & Co, we meet Heloise and Abelard … Then, on the island, we will visit Notre Dame Cathedral (ground level). I will tell you all there is to know … and even a little bit more.

There are many other attractions. If you have a special interest, please let me know.

The best way to discover this gorgeous city is on foot. In an entertaining and informative manner, let me walk you through different districts of our wonderful capital. We will talk about history, art, architecture, politics, food and wine, fashion, etc. I will show you places you would not find by yourselves, I will tell you fascinating anecdotes but more than that, I really wish to help you see Paris through the eyes of a local!

Why a guide?

I will show you the highlights

bring the sites to life, often telling the stories that are not in the guide books or audio tours. With your own knowledgeable and entertaining guide, you can ask questions and find out more about what interests you.

To save your precious time, I have preferential access to most sites.

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