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Free walking tours in Paris with Discover Walks.

Discover Walks copyWe all know the city guides that tell us about the Eiffel Tower or talk about how heavy the bell of Notre-Dame weighs. Of course there’s nothing wrong with that kind of information, but we rather go on tour with someone who can really teach us something new. Like a true Parisian!

On the 3th of January, I was the lucky one to get invited by the company Discover Walks, to try one of their amazing tours. Yes, with a real Parisian ;) I could pick a lot of different tours. They all looked interesting, but eventually I chose the Left Bank Tour. I didn’t knew that much information about the Latin Quarter, so I was really curious about the hidden secrets of this touristic place Or isn’t it that touristic at all…?

The rain was very badly that day, but when our guide arrived (a big plus for being perfectly on time!) it stopped. I would love to tell you all the details about the tour, but that would ruin the excitement for you and the guide. So, just grab your notebook and write down the highlights, because that’s what I’m going to talk about.

Our guide for that day was Quentin, a really nice guy who had lived for at the Quartier Latin area for a while. He started the tour with some facts and history about the district. Did you knew that ‘Left Banky’ means: rich and intellectual. That was because of the many students who studied there at one of the universities. The name ‘Quartier Latin’ is because Latin was the spoken language until the French Revolution.
Back to the tour, our first stop was the English bookstore: Shakespeare and Company. A famous bookstore where selling their books isn’t their first priority. It’s a company that gives upcoming writers a place to publish their work and a place to sleep in change for a few hours work in the bookstore. That’s no bad deal, who doesn’t want to work in such a romantic place ?

After we passed by the oldest tree of Paris (400 years old) and a church in a small park we arrived at the street: rue Saint Julien le Pauvre. The borderline between a good choice and a touristic one ;) Choose the way of rue Galande and you’re safe. The other side if full with touristic restaurants and souvenir shops. So, ignore the handsome waiter that try´s to get you inside of his cheap looking restaurant and move your way over to rue Galande. If you walk till the end of the street, you´ll find Studio Galande. A very special cinema, highly recommended by our tour guide. They play 5 different movies a day and on your ticket, you can find some things you have to bring to the movie. Think of rice to trow during at a wedding scene. How awesome, finally a legal reason to trow things at people during a movie!

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During our walk the guide payed attention to everyone and tried to keep the group together. He taught us how to cross a road in Paris and told us many things about the Parisian life. Little facts that you can’t find in books. For example: did you knew that Parisian markets are not meant to be a touristic place? The Parisians are very serious when it comes to food. A market isn’t a place to buy quick some food and take some snapshots. It’s for many Parisians a place to socialize and talk about food in a traditional way. Food shopping at a Parisian market is serious business, but definitely worth to try! During Christmas season you can buy those delicious galettes….mmmmm.

We also passed a view impressive buildings like College de France, (where you can join many classes for free. You only have to speak French and show up. You don’t need a student ID to get inside) and Sorbonne. Sorbonne is known as THE university of Paris. But Quentin warned us to not be tempted by the looks. It is definitely not the best school in Paris. Somewhere near Sorbonne stand a statue of the writer Montaigne. The myth goes that if students are touch his foot, it brings luck with writing their essays. I just had to finish my philosophy essay last weekend, to bad I couldn’t try it haha.

Pff, time flies because Sorbonne was already the last stop. After a group photo and some social talk, it was time to say goodbye to the group and to Quentin. Who did a really good job. He was one of the better guides I ever had in Paris. A loud speaker, interesting information and he even took the time to advise people about nice restaurants or places to get a cup of coffee. By the way: café le Flore at St.Germain des Prés was one of his favorites.

The whole tour was a nice experience that I will recommend to everyone. You can choose between paid and free tours. The free tours are only tip-supported which means that the guides are depending on your generosity ;) You can easily book online or just show up at the meeting point when the tour starts. Introduce yourself to the guide and he or she is more than happy with your company!  The free tours are running every day the whole year. Yes…even with bad weather!

I hope I informed you enough about this tour of Discover Walks, but if you need more information you may always contact me our you could check out their website or Facebook.

Sweet dreams everyone or a really good morning ♥

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Rue Crémieux, Paris

When I found Rue Crémieux in the list of ”most beautiful streets in the world”, I immediately grabbed my bags and booked a train to Paris. One of the most beautiful streets in the world and I didn’t knew about it. What a same.. Please forgive and forget, because I have been there during my last trip and here are the photo’s. Enjoy them :) 

(Hehe, I bet the people at my school are gonna tell me that no. 15 would belong to me, because I often wear black clothing.. Ok then, thanks guys!) 

Back to my post, if you want to visit this street, leave your car home, it’s a car-free street. For more information check out this video I found online. Thumbs up for Youtube! https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=69YlP2Btsh0

Sweet dreams everyone or a really good morning ♥ 

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Window shopping at Rue Tiquetonne, Paris.

1-DSC_0174Today when I was browsing trough my photos, I found a photo of Rue Tiquetonne. I ‘discovered’ this street during my latest trip to Paris, when I was searching for the famous pastry store G.Detou. Because it has been a while since we’ve talked about streets and shopping, I thought it was a good idea to share this street with you guys. So, grab your bucket-list if you’re crazy about Paris and unique shopping places.

Personally, I think Rue Tiquetonne is the perfect example of a Parisian street. A narrow street with flower-decorated balconies, very photogenic and full of little shops. When I was there, it just had rained so I could smell the exotic flowers from the florist extra good.
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Sun or rain, in both cases you won’t be bored. For example you can visit Benefit (beauty salon), Nice Things (clothing store, with nice things) Pylones (crazy store with crazy stuff) or to the Vans store a bit further. Extra special is the little shop called Anthony Peto. Designer hats in central Paris. How amazing that these stores still exist? I only wonder who wears them? Of course that question doesn’t matter at all, because they are great to look at! Anthony Peto makes colorful creations and he does good business worldwide. The prices of the hats range from €90 to €200 euros. If you are curious about his creations, check out his website. When I looked at his website, his answers to the frequently asked questions made me laugh. Take a look:

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I hope you enjoyed this street, it’s absolutely worth to see. If I haven’t convinced you jet, you should know that the area around Rue Tiquetonne is also very interesting ;) Time for me to go back into my archive for more blog posts! Oh yeah, if you’re curious about all stores on Rue Tiquetonne, click here.

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Sweet dreams everyone or a really good morning ♥

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Weekly Photo Challenge – Street life

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Weekly Photo Challenge – Street life. Streets are my favorite subject to photograph and to discover. The different cars, people, doors, mailboxes, houses and even the stones on the ground, I just can’t get enough of it.

In Paris it isn’t a problem to find an interesting or a photogenic street because, Paris has more than 6000 streets (that’s a huge choice!). 6000 unique streets, each with its own character, stores and styles. You can clearly see the difference between the wealthier and poorer districts. It’s so amazing that you can hike all day long and that it feels like you have visited 20 different cities ;) Why make a road trip through Europe when Paris has everything?

I bet you do have a favorite street somewhere on this beautiful planet? Come on, share it with us! By Twitter or leave a comment below! 

FYI: I’ve written more posts about streets in Paris. Here they are, enjoy them!
Pack & Go, Parisian street life.
Such a colorful street, Rue Lepic, Paris
The longest street in Paris.
Quai de la Tournelle, Paris.
Rue Berthe, Montmartre, Paris.
Rue Quincampoix, Paris.
Rue du cherche-midi, Paris (recommended!)
Rue Saint-Paul, Le Marais, Paris

 

 

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Quai de la Tournelle, Paris

Street ParisQuai de la Tournelle is a popular road along the Seine in the 5th district of Paris. The road is located in the Saint-Victor area and it’s full of little shops, side ways and bistro’s. A beautiful spot in Paris, perfect for photos or maybe a romantic moment!

I snapped this shot on a sunny day in December, can’t wait to go back again. The plans are there, I’m working on it!

Bon weekend everyone ♡

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I’Île-Saint-Louis, Paris

Non, we’re not done here yet. I couldn’t resist to share this photo with you. It’s a really simple photo but I like it. It shows the calmness of this beautiful island. I’Île-Saint-Louis invites you for a slow walk through this exclusive residential area of ​​Paris.  You’ll be impressed by all the amazing stores and characteristic houses.

I can blog endlessly about it! But I can control myself, next time we move on. Maybe it’s time again for a bit of history…

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Rue Quincampoix, Paris

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Rue Quincampoix is near Les Halles in the 4th district of Paris named Hôtel-de-Ville. This area is full of restaurants, sights and many (souvenir) stores. The most fun part about the area are the byways. There you will find the smaller restaurants with ‘fair trade’ prices and And there you will find the Parisians after work.

For example – ‘Le Komptoir’ (see picture above). It’s a cozy restaurant with an underground cave below the restaurant, which is common in Paris. It’s also more than normal, to almost sit on each others lap during dinner in a restaurant. Normally, I like to have some space around me but in Paris, it doesn’t bother me anymore. If you stay away from my food, we’re cool! That’s the reason I call most restaurants ‘cozy’ instead of small and with limited privacy :) 

The picture above is one of my favorite photo’s I took in Paris. Well, I have too many favorite photos but on this photo you can see the peacefulness of the side streets (yes, even that can still be found in Paris), the lovely decorations of the local restaurants and a Parisian on his way to his favorite cafe. The light, the atmosphere, the environment .. I just love Paris ♥

Let the weekend begin, make it something beautiful! 

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Rue du cherche-midi, Paris

Busy streetYesterday I told you to discover the hidden streets in Paris. Rue du cherche-midi is a good example because it’s ‘just’ another great (busy) street is Paris but not mentioned in all the tourist guides. That’s a good sign, you have to find these streets by yourself.

Rue du cherche-midi is located in the 6th district of Paris (called St.Germain). The district is full of boutiques, restaurants and popular shops. Especially, after the filming of the famous movie ‘The DaVinci Code’, where recordings were made in the church of St. Sulpice, is Saint Germain a popular tourist attraction. You can see a part of the St.Sulpice on the picture above.

If you walk a bit further you can buy the best croissants of Paris. You gotta have a little patience because that’s our subject for tomorrow :) For now, memorize the street name and enjoy this beautiful street view.

By the way: have you noticed the street sign of artist, Clet Abraham on the left? 

Sweet dreams or a really good morning ♥

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Dog friendly area in Paris.

Dog friendly areaYes! I found another one. Last time I wrote 5 well-known issues with 5 solutions if you want to bring your dog to Paris (click here if you want to read that post: ‘keep calm and take your dog to Paris‘ ). Paris isn’t a ‘dog friendly’ city so I’m always very excited when I find a new place for the dogs!

This one is build on a little island in the Seine and it’s called ‘Allée des Cygnes’. The island is 890 meters long en only 20 meters wide. The nearest metro station is Bir Hakeim.

The park is always open but during the evening hours, I won’t recommend it to you. Parks that never close often attract strange people. Always be careful with that. Besides that this little park is fun for the dogs. It isn’t one of the most beautiful parks in Paris but, Parisians meet and the dogs can play together. In the winter the park looks a bit gloomy but in the summer the trees are full of color and there are many benches where you can relax or have a little picnic with your dog, haha. Cars, barbecues and alcohol aren’t allowed, which means this is a quiet and legal place to enjoy some time with your dog. Make sure you clean up the mess your little friend left behind ;)

When you walk till the end of the park you’ll find the statue of Liberty of Paris.