Today I want to share with you one of my favourite things to do in Paris.
But not before I tell you a story. This story is about me, and a girl (a Korean girl to be specific), and about the queue for a locked toilet in Starbucks. The scene? Paris, of course!
A few weeks ago I found myself huddled in an upstairs space of Starbucks in Paris. I had been waiting as the first person in line for about 5 minutes for the person to finish using the toilet. The five minutes turned into ten minutes, and then a second person joined me. Several more minutes passed and still no vacating of the toilet.
At this point I decided to kill the silence and initiate conversation with one of the females who was waiting in what was now a fairly long queue, along with me. Unsure whether she spoke French or English, I asked her in French which she spoke, to which she replied “deux” (both).
Amusingly she told me she liked my accent, apparently I sounded British, but better and she couldn’t place it. “Australian”, I replied. Her eyes lit up, it turns out she’d been to Australia recently.
Curious as to how her experience was, I asked her whether she had liked Australia. “The weather was lovely, but I didn’t really like it” was her very timid response. Really curious now, I quizzed her further. It turns out that she’d had a few unpleasant run-ins with store owners having been “rude”, and this left her with a bitter taste for this sunburnt country.
I can’t say I blame her for feeling this way. The more I thought about it, the more that I could relate. Our love for a city or country is often interlinked with our affection for the people we meet whilst traveling, and the citizens that live there.
This brings me to the point, if you want to love Paris, to be dazzled by her charm and beauty, then booking with Cedric’s CV tours is an experience sure not to be missed. Why? Because it’s impossible not to like Cedric, which makes it very difficult to not also like Paris, he manages to convey his passion for the city so infectiously.
It was by sheer luck that I first stumbled upon this unique Parisian experience in 2013, and an absolute pleasure that I re-booked for a second time in March 2015. No one tour is the same, and I found myself enjoying the tour even more than in 2013.
Expect a prompt arrival. I have never known Cedric to be late. In fact he is on time, to the minute (it’s incredibly impressive). To maximise the experience, Cedric suggested that early mornings are better, as traffic in Paris can be chaotic at times.
It is Cedric’s professionalism, charm (yep he’s French and lovely), perfect command of the English language and his obvious passion for both his home city and cars that is contagious.
Laura, his companion in crime, a quintessential 1982 powder yellow and grey Citroen is a novel way to gain a unique perspective on Paris. To be chauffeured around, with the top down (optional), whilst sipping on champagne (optional), blankets in the back and the filigree balconies and ornate doors of Parisian buildings whirling passed, this tour will leave you feeling somewhat like the great artists of the 1920’s must have felt. Like anything is possible. Like magic may just happen. Like you may just have lost your heart in Paris- I know I did.
Searching somewhere between rue Aubriot and Avenue de Camoens… I intend to return someday to find it. I encourage you to do the same, and allow Cedric from Cedric’s Paris to help you, he’s brilliant at what he does.