Aren't you bored going on the same old tours time after time. At the end of the tour what do you remember. Aching feet, getting crushed and taking a few photos.
We believe visitors want to particpate in the culture that are visiting and not just be observers being told what to do by guide books or bloggers who may never have even visited the city they are writing about or come over for a 3 days trip and suddenly they are experts and have had the best this or that in their lives.
The best way to do that is to connect visitors with great local guide who are passionate and enthusiastic about their city. Guides who don't look at their watches to see when they have to finish by or have learned a pre determined script written out from a guide book.
Our local English speaking Paris guides will come meet you at your hotel, apartment or at a local cafe and help you plan your visit.
As well as give you an historical and cultural orientation of Paris.
You will feel like a friend rather than a tourist and you will not be
overwhelmed with tons of facts and figures but intrigued with fun stories and other opportunities to participate
in French local culture in picturesque neighborhoods.
We can include lunch or dinner so you can also particpate in French food culture and what better way than by eating it in local places with local place.
Tours are personalized, provided in English and last from 2 to 8hrs.
French art of the 17th drew heavily from italian Baroque. It was Poussin who introduced a classical French style which set the tone for centuries. Fragonard, Boucher and Watteau follow with warmer light tones which were much admired amongst the wealthy aristocrats. Visitors to France are probably more familiar with the nineteenth century romantic painting of Delacroix and Ingres. As well as the country scenes of Courbet and Millet followed by Impressionism and the work of Monet, Renoir, and Degas to mention just a few. In the 20th century France was on the cutting edge die to painters like Van Gogh Matisse, Cezanne, Braque, and Picasso. Our guides will help you navigate the world of French art in one of the many museums in Paris and understand the great influence the artists and and the symbolism, and use of art as propaganda especially by Louis XIV. In the world of literature France has produced great writers like Voltaire, Flaubert, Balzac, Hugo and Dumas, and we offer tours that will help you understand the importance of these writers on the development of French culture and society. The Comédie Française in Paris still presents the classic works of Molière and Racine keeping the traditions alive. If you don't speak French that can be a challenge but there are theaters perfroming French plays with English Surtitles.
When looking at French culture the first aspect to consider is of course the language, which officially replaced latin in 1539, and which is closely tied to the political unification of the country and for which Louis XIV can be credited for. It is therefor not surprising that the language is officially protected by the Académie Française established by Cardinal Richelieu in the seventeenth century. We can then look at the national symbols are associated with France. These include the French Revolution, which established the nation as a democratic republic and was identified by the red, white and blue of the tricoleur flag. The Rooster became associated with the nation during the Renaissance and World War 1. Marianne is a symbol of the republic as a motherland and stands for the rallying cry of "liberty, equality, fraternity." Our tours will help you unlock the keys to the French culture to better understand what it means to be French and to enjoy a certain joie de vivre.
Wine and cheese are sources of national pride and reflect regional differences. Mention to anyone Escargot, Crepes, Croissant, Baguettes, Foie Gras, Quiche, Macarons or Omelette and they will immediately think of France. Of course, eating them in France makes them taste even better than at home. Its thanks to Varenne in the 17th century, Careme in the 18th century and Escoffier in the 20th century that France established itself in the world as the benchmark for the finest gastronomy as well as the best sourced local ingredients from Dijon mustard to Brittany oysters to Truffles from Provence. Not to mention fine wines from Burgundy to the Loire Valley and Champagne. Meals are full of social and cultural meaning which is why we suggest eating and drinking at local places with our guides to share this very French cultural ritual. We prefer bistros which are often smaller than a restaurant and many times using chalk board or verbal menus which often feature a regional cuisine like coq au vin, pot-au-feu, confit de canard, and entrecôte.
No trip to Paris would be complete without doing nothing but watching the scene in the cafés of Paris. The cafe is the heart and soul of art, culture and food in France. Cafes have existed in Paris since the 17th century, but Café society, however, as a place where artists, intellectuals, writers and society in general come together to share ideas and push establishment could be said to have its roots in the Salons of 18th century Paris. The Salons were meeting places for intellectual men and women to reunite and discuss great ideas and were often hosted by women in their homes Even in the 20th century mann new movements that got off the ground in the cafés of Saint Germain de Pres, Café Flore and Les Deux Magots.
Join us on a half day walking tour cover a wide section of Paris both in distance and historically. Starting at Bastilles built around 1370, was once part of the defenses of Paris. Louis XIV had the wall demolished but left the Bastille, which later became a luxury prison for aristocratic and notable people who could have goods and services sent in and ending given time at the Palais Royal and discovering the Marais in the middle. Choose from either an in-depth or light meander through its history and literature.
The Buttes Chaumont, is a lovely park built in 1867 by Baron Haussmann and landscaped on former quarries using then-new material, concrete, to created natural-looking cliffs, rivers and an artificial lake. Visit the classical temple, with one of the city's most striking views of Montmartre and Sacre-Coeur. Canal St-Martin is a pleasant tree-line canal crossed by iron footbridges and locks. On this tour you will explore with your private guide a romantic area around the canals of Paris with a glimpse of the oldest railway station in the city, a hospital built in the 17th century by King Henry IV and some bohemian parts of Paris that are becoming quite trendy.
One of the best ways to immerse yourself into the contemporary culture or Paris is through Street Art. A true Bellevilloise, Piaf sang and spoke the French language in a way that epitomized the accent de Belleville, which has been compared to the Cockney accent of London. Join our expert guide in Belleville for flavor of a real Paris neighborhood.
Stretching from the place de Clichy up to Montmartre, Pigalle is a red light district with live peep shows, erotic videos, and sex shops. The famous 'Moulin Rouge' is here and the Musee de l'Eroticisme, which is actually quite interesting. Further along on Boulevard de Rochechouart was the nightclub Le Chat-Noir, made famous in the poster by Toulouse Lautrec. Montmartre was outside the city limits, free of Paris taxes, and produced wine so was a popular drinking area and ideal for the development of the famous French Cabaret and a meeting place for poor artists to meet and dine. The best way to enjoy Montmartre in the evening is a walk from Sacre Coeur to the Place du Tertre for dinner followed by cabaret at the Moulin Rouge or the original Lapin Agile.
Join us for French food culture walk. Our tours will take you to the best food markets of Paris and your will guide and help you select the food for your picnic plus teach you a few all important French food words. After the visit you will walk to a picturesque outdoor area for a picnic lunch with your guide and hear about the history and stories that have made French Gastronomy so famous. A great way to understand French culture. By eating!
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