When visiting the Louvre, it's absolutely worth the extra euros to a) have a guide, and b) skip the line. Even early on an October morning, the line to enter the Louvre was long, but our group of about 15 walked right in. The guide was extremely knowledgeable about both the art, and the Louvre itself. Individual headsets made listening easy. My only negative is that our guide tended to go into too much depth about a few paintings, spending as much as ten minutes talking about one piece. I would prefer to hear less, about more pieces.
My son and I spent about four hours on a Sunday afternoon touring Brussels pubs with Marc, and sampling Belgian beers. Marc met us in Grand Place at the appointed time and, after waiting 15 minutes for three others who had booked the tour- and who didn't arrive- the three of us set off for what turned out to be a private tour. Marc is very knowledgeable about beer, and tailored his selections to our own tastes. The "samples" were all either full glasses of draft, or a bottle split between two of us- not just a tiny taste. The tour covered six different bars, spread around the core of the city, and we tried nine different beers (including a bonus, compliments of one bar owner- thanks Patrice!). We had come to Brussels to experience the beer, and we got full value for the experience with this tour. Highly recommended, if learning about beer- and drinking it- is what you're looking for.
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