The sun is out – perfect weather for walking in Paris – I’ve taken one of the Paris Walks tours (Montparnasse), but when it comes to walking tours, there’s always more to discover. Paris Walks (Tel.01 48 09 21 40). Last May I picked up their brochure at WICE (20 Blvd. Montparnasse)
Some of the enticing themes I have yet to discover include: “Medieval Paris and the Templars (including a look at the oldest house in Paris inhabited by the alchemist Nicolas Flamel) or Saturday Summer Evening walks starting at 6:30 pm or Da Vinci Code walks. If you are in Paris and take advantage of these guided walks, let me know!
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RE: bicycle tours – several years ago I took the Paris a Velo, C’est Sympa (near the Bastille) tour and it was phenomenal. I thought at that time the idea of cycling through Paris seemed suicidal, but in July and August it really is okay. The tour I took called ‘Insolite Paris, the 13eme arrondissement included some unique ‘villages’ of Paris that are an oasis of calm and tranquility. Whether you choose to walk or cycle, I’d definitely recommend taking advantage of the knowledge provided by those who know the city so well.
After speaking briefly over the phone with Peter Caine at Paris Walks, he confirmed my guess that viewing the lake deep below the surface of the Paris Opera House is no longer possible. I’d heard some rumors that on rare occasions, accompanied by the ‘pompiers’ or firemen, such a visit might still be possible. Nevertheless there are still plenty of unusual corners completely above ground that you can discover if you take the time to sign up a walk or bike ride. Can’t wait till I get back to take advantage of one of these options in the Fall.