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bthead United States of ...
Interesting tour of restaurants and markets in the Bastille district. Charlotte was very knowledgeable about foods, bread, coffee, and wine in the area. Very pleasant tour.
Charlotte was an absolute cracker of a guide with knowledge, enthusiasm and energy. It was great to learn about various French specialities and then shop for myself in the markets afterwards for my time in Paris in my studio. I throughly enjoyed this tour and would recommend this tour and Charlotte in particular as your guide.
We met Charlotte on the steps of th Opera House and she was vibrant and full of information from the start. Our first stop was for coffee and a giant croissant...hint: don't have breakfast before you start! We then hit the closed market and tasted a variety of meats, terrines and pate. The serves were generous and by the time we had tasted the cheeses we were all full. We finished with a friendly wine tasting which really rounded off the morning. We'd highly recommend this tour.
I struggled to find the meeting location because the building numbers are not sequential. The guide was hanging out across the street at the Metro stop and did not come to the designated meeting location. I had to call the office to find out where the guide was. A bad start to what turned out to be a very good walking tour. Guide was knowledgeable and spoke very clear English/American.
Doing what: Paris Walking Tour - The French Revolution
We were so excited about this tour, but the guide was disorganized and had very little knowledge about the food or wine we tasted. Our first stop on the tour was in a urine-soaked alleyway. Disgusting. We ate samples of food behind a dirty fish stall in the market and the guide had zero idea what cheeses or wine we sampled. The last stop was in a smoky wine shop with cramped seating. Our guide looked like she rolled out of bed. I would NOT recommend this tour.
I'm sorry. We can't recommend this tour. Charlotte our guide was great, but it was far to expensive for what we did. It would have been nice to be able to sit and enjoy the tastings, instead of out of a paper bag. The wine bar was disappointing, the owner was smoking and there wasn't enough seats for all of us. Also the wine tasting lacked a professional approach
Shelley United States of ...
Our guide, Charlotte, was a very energetic young lady. The market and food sampling was okay. It was like a walk with girlfriends, which for my husband, was not very enjoyable.
We very much enjoyed this tour, partly because we are foodies and partly because we like a local explaining things we would normally have missed. Our guide, Charlotte, was wonderful and worked so hard to make sure we had a great day. We only had one other great couple on the tour, so that made it very easy to see and hear all Charlotte had to point out and say.
When booking my trip to Paris some 5 months ago, I focused my activities around going on this walking tour. Despite running a few minutes late, the tour guide was still at the meeting point and greeted us promptly. At each stop our guide gave us plenty of information about what the site was and what the historical context/importance of the stop was without being too convoluted. Whilst at a stop at Place de la Concode, she pointed out that whilst the square today does not have any obvious markers of its violent role during the Revolution, there is a subtle homage to the guillotine if you look very closely and your guide happens to point it out!! Overall, very pleased with this walking tour and I would wholeheartedly recommend if you have an interest in history.
Doing what: Paris Walking Tour - The French Revolution
This was a wonderful tour. Our guide, Andrea, was friendly, on time and very interesting to learn French culture from. We tried some of the typical French foods, and were able to mingle with some of the locals in a wine shop. It was fun and we loved it.
Really enjoyed this morning. Great guide great food good company and the wines capped off a great experience.
This was another excellent tour that introduced us to the Bastille area and in particular Marche d aleigre that we had not visited before. The food and wine tastings were excellent. We would highly recommend this to anyone particularly those staying in the Gare de Lyon area
Charlotte was fabulous, the food, oysters, strawberries, meats and wine were first class, and plenty of it. We were taken down hidden lane ways which we would never have found, Charlottes knowledge of old Paris was amazing and the small group, 6 in total made it very personal. A must do if you want to explore the food market and learn the history of the Bastille district.
Highly recommended. Guide was very knowledgeable and fun to walk around with.
Excellent tour with our guide Charlotte being knowledgeable and having a good sense of humour. We saw some areas of Paris we would probably never have visited or appreciated fully if we had. Lane ways and eateries and markets etc with all having their significance to Parisians explained. Tastes of croissants best ever, meats, oysters, cheeses and wines. Overall a highlight of our visit.
Great tour. Fantastic guide took us to fun places and arrange for great food stops.
This was an excellent walk! Informed on many characteristics and idiosyncrasies of the city as well as an introduction to the gastronomical history and characteristics of the Parisians and French in general. Begin with sampling the ubiquitous croissant and being informed about the Bread Culture of the Parisians we moved to the small market sampling oysters and sausage and discussing various foods often eaten throughout France. Moving to a cheese shop we sampled several varieties of cheese and discussed cheese of France. The best at last we visited a boutique wine shop sampling some reds and whites of France. What made this the best was our tour guide Charlotte Maziere. Very knowledgeable, great English, relaxed, and personable. The pace and interaction was perfect.
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