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Mar142014

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Champagne Region Day Trip from Paris

Paris, France

My Rating
2 star rating: It was OK, but could have been better

My Review

The wine tours at Mumm and Moet are very manufactured. You sit in a theater and watch a 5 min commercial. I enjoyed walking in the underground cellar, but would've liked more champagne. The trip was from 8am to 6:30pm. During that time we had 2 glasses of champagne. Weren't given the option of tasting more than one champagne at each place. The tour of the church in Reims was nice. You fend for yourself for lunch. Although the trip was not that expensive ($130 w/coupon) considering that each "tasting" was $30, I don't think the trip was worth it since it took an entire day. Would've rather toured several small wineries w/the actual owners for a more unique experience rather than tour a big place w/30 other people and watch a commercial!

Mar112014

Tour/Activity

Small-Group Gourmet Food and Market Tour of the Bastille District in Paris

Paris, France

My Rating
1 star rating: I do not recommend this

My Review

Our tour guide was very lovely and informative. The first part of the tour was about history. Unfortunately, I did not want history. I could've done a free walking tour for that. The first place we went, which was about 30-45 min into the tour, was a bakery. There were only 4 of us on the tour, and we knew each other. We were given 4 pastries to share and given nothing to drink! She encouraged us to bite the pastries, which was ok for us, but weird to do if in a tour with strangers. The next place we went to was the market. We tried 2 terrines and a pate (shared one piece), a raw oyster, and samples of 5 cheeses. I typically love cheese. This tour made me reluctant to have cheese ever again. We were given 5 types, which she said are very strong and typically not liked by Americans. The blue cheese was the mildest cheese. The tour guide knew we were American. It seemed like she knew we wouldn't like it. I don't understand why we weren't given some mild and some strong cheeses. We then went to the market outside and ate samples (something anyone can do for free). The tour guide told us to throw the peel from an orange in a box the vendor had under his table. We were then all yelled at by the vendor...thanks! After that we went to a wine shop and had one glass of wine and another pate. I've been to multiple food tours in Spain and Italy. This is the most expensive one I have done, and worst experience. We all had stomach aches from the peculiar combination of food (oysters, terrine, brioche pastry, blue cheese). Total waste of time and money!

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