Here are our City Guides – well, some of them…
You can meet Bertrand on any of our walks, or in the happening neighbourhood where he now lives – Bastille. A guest called Bertrand “an essential Paris experience”. No less. Before becoming a Paris city guide, Bertrand studied Political Science in France and in Sweden, and he is a member of Discover Walks’ founding team. Join Bertrand on Facebook.
Thomas is Discover Walks’ own, in-house, city planner. After initial training in a school located up against the Flea Market, Thomas transferred to Sorbonne-Paris IV University.
When you meet with this Paris guide, make sure to congratulate him for he has finally subscribed to Paris’ city-run bike rental program, Vélib.
Among Paris’ master pieces, his favorite are the bridges of Paris – at night in particular.
“So much passion about his city and country,” and a “typical Parisian, really really lovely, perfect accent, great sense of humor, a complete natural. I pratically fell in love with him.”
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A biology major at Paris-Descartes University, Agathe’s ultimate career goal is to become a paleo-pathologist. She is also an avid follower of contemporary culture in her home city.
After a guided tour with Agathe, a guest said “And I saw Paris”. “Even my children were captivated. We loved it so much we took the two other walks.”
Join Agathe’s tours to discuss what ‘paleo-pathology’ can possibly mean, or because she will be “a friend that shows you Paris the way she lives it.” “Her humor makes the Notre Dame tour a “must do”. Join Agathe on Facebook.
Alexandre first rode bike on the pavement of Paris when he was 6 – there were not so many cars then. He grew up right alongside Notre Dame on the olden island. He was among the first to subscribe to Paris’ city-run bike rental program Vélib – his member ID is 118.
Alexandre is a founder of Discover Walks. “I can’t recommend (him) enough. It really felt like a personal tour with a friend”. “His enthusiasm, humour and vast knowledge are truly inspiring” Join Alexandre on Facebook.
Cristian’s apartment lies at the bottom of the hill of Montmartre – and his heart at the top.
This passionate Parisian and compulsive photographer longs to become a… city planner, and is currently training at Paris’ prestigious Sciences Po graduate school. He is fluent in 4 languages.
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If Marie, a publisher in the Latin Quarter, is not sitting at a café in the Latin Quarter, or looking at the spire of Notre-Dame from her window, she is walking around Paris.
Beware, Marie “will have you wanting to live in Paris within 15 minutes.” If you join one of her tours, she will welcome you as friends and make you feel at home, but at the end of the day she will put a curse on you: “You’ll fall deeply in love with the city”.
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Marine lives by the Seine across the Tuileries Garden, she is about to graduate in International Relations from Paris’ Sciences Po graduate school, she is an enthusiastic walker, and she will make you feel you’ve had a Parisian friend for years. In addition to her native French and English, she speaks fluent Arabic and Italian. During her walking tours of Paris, Marine spices up History and makes you want to learn more. Join Marine on Facebook.
Estelle is a “titi” – a Paris street kid. In her company, you get the chance to explore Paris with the Parisian who we think is on her way to becoming the next Curator of The Cluny – Paris’ Museum of the Middle Ages.
For now Estelle studies (Medieval history of course) at Sorbonne IV Paris University. She knows 4 languages (including Latin, should you be interested), and she is also an avid dancer.
From her own guests, a word of warning – after a walking tour with Estelle, you’ll find yourself wanting to join all her other tours.
From her own guests, a word of warning – after one walk with Estelle, you’ll find yourself wanting to join all her other tours. Join Estelle on Facebook.
Kevi thought he would work in Public Health management. Right before taking up his first job in a nursing home, he had a sudden change of heart. “Let there be fun! Let there be sun! My calling is tourism.” This must have been the right decision for this now full-time Paris guide – guests describe his walking tours as “something between turistic information and stand-up comedy,” with vivid stories told in an infectious way with a LOT of great humour.” The Notre Dame tour is his forte – “how to become a 13th century century peasant” Join Kevi on Facebook.
Friends call her ‘Google Map’ – no getting lost on a walking tour with Flora!
Apart from being a city guide, Flora is a student of medieval history at Sorbonne/Paris IV – with a fondness for gory stories that make your hair stand on end.
Flora has just moved to the Montmartre district. She says ‘Now that I live here, I have a daily walk around. You’ll find me strolling about, or reading a book at a café terrace, or trying a croissant at every baker’s on the hill’.
Said a guest about one of Flora’s guided tours: ‘Fascinating tour to the smallest most wonderful alleys. If you don’t mind the curses of course. Loved it!!! Thanks Flora, you’re awesome.’
When you join Eva on one of her walking tours, ask her about the ‘banlieue’ neighbourhood where she grew up. Or about the musicals she is so crazy about – she’s starred in her university productions of ‘Mamma Mia’ and ‘Grease’ (yes, the 70’s are in style…).
If things go well and the sun is shining, this Paris guide might even dance her way through her tour with you.
Eva lives in Saint-Germain-des-prés – not far from Sciences Po, the prestigious school of international affairs and public policy she attends.
Paris’ vibrant fashion industry has given birth to a handful of high-flying catwalk photographers. Photo instructor Laurent is one of these talents – his work forces him to always be working with some of the most beautiful women in the world.
Laurent also works with Paris-based photo-magazine / photo-gallery Polka.
After his photo workshops, guests send Laurent love notes – “Thank you, thank you, I had no idea I could photograph this well!”
The gardens of Versailles were Solenne’s playground as a kid. Today, the palace of the Sun King has ingrained in her the love of food. She eats, breathes, and talks food at every opportunity, and her food blog has won an avid cult following. She does most of her food shopping at the Lévis market, and at the organic market of Batignolles.
Food enthusiast and history major Anne-Claire lives on rue Brillat-Savarin – the inventor of modern cooking (and, many argue, low-carb diet, some… 200 years ago).
On her tours, which her guests have called « awesome, » « entertaining, informative, and a great way to get a insider’s view of Paris », Anne-Claire will tell you about Brillat-Savarin as well as about her city secrets of past and present. Join Anne-Claire on Facebook.
In real life Aloïs is a TV reporter. He makes documentaries, and he is currently working on a 24-episode series on “France’s most picturesque villages and hamlets” for Arte, the Franco-German TV Channel.
His walking tours are said “to bring things to life”, “very personal touch”, “with lots of personal anecdotes and boundless energy”. Join Aloïs on Facebook.
Marion cultivates the ultimate French hobby – eating well. She can make a fabulous meal out of nothing, she runs the best restaurant chefs and the alternative food events. She shares her insights and gathers other foodies on a celebrated blog. Marion is currently the youngest member of the Escoffier brotherhood – the man who invented modern cooking.