A place where a private tour makes sense: The Louvre in Paris
Children getting an art and history lesson from a guide in the Louvre

A place where a private tour makes sense: The Louvre in Paris

The Louvre can be overwhelming for an adult, much less a child. That’s why I figure if you are going to splurge on a private tour, this is a good place to do it.

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Touring Paris, and other cities, with those who live there
Paris Greeter Edouard Morhange at a seafood shop

Touring Paris, and other cities, with those who live there

In Paris with a "Paris Greeter," one of 360 volunteers who offer some 3,000 free tours every year. There's likely a Greeter organization in any big city near you and all over the world.

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Last day in Paris — to the local market and in a French cooking class for dinner
The duck breasts are ready for the oven

Last day in Paris — to the local market and in a French cooking class for dinner

We’re seven strangers ranging from 22 to 60-something standing in a Paris afternoon outdoor market trying to decide. We’ve signed on for a cooking class with La Cuisine Paris, one of just a handful here that offers classes in English.

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A unique foodie tour led by a Paris Greeter who certainly knows his neighborhood
Paris Greeter Edouard Morhange at a seafood shop

A unique foodie tour led by a Paris Greeter who certainly knows his neighborhood

Today, we’re touring this hip foodie neighborhood with Edouard Morhange who live nearby and is on the board of the Paris Greeter organization, which offers some 3,000 free tours every year given by 360 greeters.

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A family tour of a Paris neighborhood with a local guide
Owner of Cafe Cartouche who whipped up steak frites especially for us

A family tour of a Paris neighborhood with a local guide

We’re in Gerard Merlot, a shop famous for macarons in the St Germain district of Paris, with guide Genevieve, who we’ve met through a terrific company called Tours by Locals.

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Cruising on the Seine River – a stop at Monet’s Garden in Giverny
The Japanese Bridge over the pond in Monet's Garden

Cruising on the Seine River – a stop at Monet’s Garden in Giverny

I’m walking in Monet’s glorious gardens at Giverny on sunny day thinking about a little girl skipping over the famous green Japanese Bridges a big smile on her face.

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Time-traveling in Paris — to a tiny hotel in a 17th Century building
Shopping and dining at night in St. Germaine district of Paris

Time-traveling in Paris — to a tiny hotel in a 17th Century building

We’ve moved from the heart of fashionable Paris to the St. Germaine neighborhood on the Left Bank and feel like we’ve time traveled, checking in to the tiny Hotel Verneuil, a 26-room hotel that is housed in a 17th century building.

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