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Find the best guided tour of Paris for you

How do you choose the best guided tour of Paris for you? There are hundreds of ways of finding out all about Paris, some free and some not so free.  You can take a tour whilst walking, running, riding a bike, motorbike or a segway, taking a bus, a tuk tuk, a boat or whilst sitting down in a comfy seat watching a theatre performance to name but a few. But if you only have an hour or three, here are my Top Choices for having fun and finding your best guided tour of Paris : I love walking so for me this is the best : A great, and (technically) FREE choice is  www.discoverwalks.com  Take one of 5 trips round the Marais, Montmartre, ‘Parisian Landmarks’ The Left Bank (the South side) or the Islands with a young, bilingual Frenchman or woman, vividly – dressed in pink waistcoats or shirts so you can’t lose them.  These are not history lessons, they are full of facts, very funny anecdotes and stories about current events.  Great fun. Your guides exist on tips. If you are a lot more energetic you could sign up as for the FREE running tours on Wednesday mornings at 10am. […]

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Teens will love Will.i.am at the Louvre

I’m a fan of the Black Eyed Peas so when I heard last month that Will.i.am (founding member of the Black Eyed Peas for those over 30) was re-interpreting his “Mona Lisa Smile” video in association with the Louvre, my interest was piqued. I love the new video which was entirely set in the Louvre.  Throughout the song Will.i.am super-imposes himself on numerous of the Louvre’s most famous paintings, half of which I should know but don’t. Nicole Scherzinger plays La Joconde / Mona Lisa – but as I am over 30 I haven’t heard of her ;-( I think it would be a great wheeze to wander round the Louvre trying to spot the paintings used in the song !  One way to interest the teens, I think. I might have to find them in the correct order sequence though just because I am waaayy too complicated for my own good… Click on the photo to see the video. How many can you name off the top of your head ?   If you need help this link shows the original painting, the video version and a bio ! Not content with this collaboration, Will.i.am has also produced a 12 […]

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The best boat trip on the Seine

I’m always being asked about the plethora of different cruises on the Seine, starting with “Is a boat trip on the Seine a good thing to do if we only have a couple of days in Paris?”  “Is a boat trip a tourist trap?”  “Should we spend the money on dining or just take a guided tour?” My reflex answer is “yes, definitely, make space for a boat trip no matter how short your trip.”  You’ll have a completely different perspective of Paris from the river;  the buildings are stunning and even more beautiful when lit in the evenings. The round trip can be relatively quick and you get to rest your, often very, weary feet. So many of the most important buildings were either built on the river or have unhindered views from it; the Eiffel Tower, Invalides, the Musée d’Orsay, the Louvre and everything on the 2 islands – Notre Dame, the Conciergerie and Saint Chapelle – never mind that every single other building seems to have its own individual style and story to tell so that you could travel the Seine for months and still see something else you hadn’t seen before. Yes, a boat trip can […]

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