The Marais is a preferred spot among visitors to Paris. And no wonder: this area is central, not far from Notre Dame Cathedral, and offers an especially wide variety of restaurants, clothing boutiques, speciality food shops, bookstores, cafes, and grand old buildings with exquisite architecture and manicured gardens. Although it’s an area I already know well, Richard showed me dozens of things I’d never noticed before as he took me from the bottom of the Marais on rue de Rivoli, to the top, a ways into the 3rd arrondissement.
A Fresh Take on an Over-chartered City
In the one and a half years that Richard has been in Paris, he has repeatedly found himself guiding friends-- and friends of friends-- around the city. As a native New Yorker, he is also a natural pedestrian. These two qualities combine to make Richard an astute investigator of Paris' lesser-known spots. He is also a low-key and friendly guy, which made the tour an easy and enjoyable experience.
Richard began giving tours professionally this past January, and he has been honing his technique ever since. Because he looks for the quirky, unusual, and hidden, his tours can be enjoyable for short-term visitors and long-term expats alike.
Tours Tailored to Your Niche Interests
When you book an Eye Prefer Paris tour, you'll have the opportunity to fill out a questionnaire. I strongly recommend that you reflect on your preferences ahead of time: art, shopping, outdoor exploration, cafés and restaurants, etc. You have the option of filling in specifics. In one case, a father and son expressed an interest in science and Richard found a great little hunting museum-- le Musée de la Chasse et de la Nature. The visitors loved the museum, but would probably have never found it on their own.