Youll meet your local guide and expert concierge by the statue of Louis the 14th, in the courtyard of the Louvre, one of Paris's most iconic sites and the worlds largest museum. Youll learn about the controversial construction of the glass pyramid before we move onto the nearby Palais Royal, which the evil cardinal Richelieu built opposite the Louvre. There, you'll discover a very hidden yet marvelous gem of the capital city thats a romantic promenade for lovers, but was once the heart of the prostitution industry for the Parisian bourgeoisie.
Well then stop at a metro station, where well explain how the public transit system works, so youll be ready to explore on your own, stress-free!
From there, we'll move on to a local caf, passing through another beautiful arcade, the gallery Vero-Dodat one of Paris most historic shopping malls, dating back to the era of industrialisation and today home to Christian Louboutin's iconic shoe store, among other shops.
Take a left out of the gallery and enter a local caf, where we'll sit in our own little private corner. Order up a latte (the famouscaf creme) with a croissant while your local Parisian guide gives you a quick yet thorough introduction to Paris's long and passionate history. Using a map of the city to help orient you, your guide will tell you where to go, what places are local and which are touristy, the different types of architecture to discover, what's not to be missed, and much more!
As we chat, youll discover a large plate of cheese and charcuterie, coming towards you, accompanied with a baguette and red wine (you are learning to be a real Parisian, after all). Well teach you your first words in French the ones that will make all the difference to locals, as Parisians are appreciative of foreigners making an effort to speak the language.
Well flip through the days newspaper so you can be up on whatever current events are making local headlines while youre in town. Well also browse through the papers entertainment section, so you can find out whats on, from the theatre to the cinema to musical performances. Well let you know whats available in English and explain how to book any events you want to see.
But wait, you cant yet claim to be a real Parisian if you havent tried frogs legs and snails! Well sample some cuisses de grenouille and escargots, doused in their legendary garlic-butter sauce.
After all that, you should be able to fly with your own French wings! Your guide will give you tips for spending the rest of your day in the city. The metro, public bicycles, buses, and taxis are all nearby, so youll be in prime position in the centre of the city to explore some more on your own, new Parisian! We wish you a magnifique afternoon!