Barbara Major and Paul Kaehler from the San Francisco area were an interesting tour challenge. They have an apartment in Paris and come twice yearly, so they have seen all the tourists things and more. Barbara, who has a great sense of humor, made no bones about not wanting to see anything cultural: she had seen all that “stuff” and wanted me to take her shopping. No problem- I love spending other people’s money. The challenge was to take her to stores she had not been to before and I wanted to prove I was up to the task. Paul, on the other hand, had no interest in shopping and wanted to see some galleries. So off we went to the Marais, the perfect place for both. Barbara loved everything at Adolfo Dominguez, a chic clothing emporium from Spain. She tried to buy a ring at Rene Talmon l'Armee, who handcrafts his own jewelry at his atelier behind Art et Metiers, and Paul, surprisingly, bought some organic moisturizer from my friend Stephane at his shop Canzi. Paul enjoyed the gallery’s I showed him and was so inspired, he later emailed me to help him with a personal art project of his. We had a nice long lunch at Café Charlot on rue Bretagne, and they both told me some very funny and fascinating stories about their lives. Barbara & Paul were so open and friendly and have now become friends. I love when this happens.
Above is a dreamy, creamy photo Paul shot of the legendary lemon meringue pie at Le Loir dans la Theiere.
Eye Prefer Paris Tours have been written about in French Magazine, an excellent glossy travel magazine out of England. Here's the link and click where it says Secret Paris, to blow it up.
January Special:All tours are 160 euros instead of 175 euros
I am pleased as punch to announce the launch of Eye Prefer Paris Tours, which are 3-hour walking tours I will personally be leading. The Eye Prefer Paris Tour includes many of the places I have written about such as small museums & galleries, restaurants, cafes & food markets, secret addresses, fashion & home boutiques, parks, and much more.
I look forward to meeting you on my tours and it will be my pleasure and delight to show you my insiders Paris.
Check it out at www.eyepreferparistours.com