• Chess players near l'Orangerie greenhouse at Luxembourg Gardens
    Guided Walks,  Let's Explore

    Le Jardin du Luxembourg: Live or Virtual Visit

    Feeling like taking a walk through a garden today? I have a recommendation. ​On a sunny mid-October morning, I ​visited the Luxembourg Gardens live and virtually while testing a guided tour application. ​ Gary Kraut's Luxembourg Gardens​ ​tour ​began at the kiosk on one side of the Sénat and ended on the other side. The GPS and phone camera helped me stay on the path and Gary’s easy-to- follow instructions and his map guided me physically. Simultaneously following the tour and taking photographs, I needed that GPS, 15-second rewind and camera to get me easily back on track.

  • Looking skyward in the Passage du Grand Cerf between rue Saint-Denis and Place Goldoni in the Bonne Nouvelle neighborhood, Paris
    Guided Walks,  Seeing Paris

    Walking Tour: Off the Beaten Path in Local Neighborhoods

    Colleen’s Take Away: This is a guided walk if you want a Paris strolling moment without pressure to move quickly with April. I recommend this tour because while dodging rain drops, protected by umbrellas, April’s off the beaten track tour was the sunshine of the day. April Pett runs April in Paris Tours. We met at the base of Marianne, the emblematic sculpture of Place de la République. During our tour from 10 am to 1 pm, April intertwined historical anecdotes with her casual air of strolling along Paris streets and boulevards. April’s tour is a combination of busy and side streets. Her strong voice and smile makes it easy…

  • Two angels and a pigeon - all have wings - Angel holding a caduceus, Mercury's emblem for commerce and negotiation; palm leaves behind the cherubs symbolize victory Hôtel de Soubise, Paris
    Guided Walks,  History

    Angels of Paris Tour Marais

    Scattered around the third and fourth arrondissements of Paris are sculpted angels on buildings. The buildings range in century ages from 1400s to 1600s to 1700s to 1800s to the early 1900s. After 1914, the angels become living relics of the past yet still enjoyable...

  • Rosemary beginning the Angels of Paris #1 tour, along the edges of the sixth, first and fourth arrondisements
    Guided Walks,  Seeing Paris

    Angels of Paris Walking Tour No. 1

    During a two-hour walking tour with Rosemary, author of Angels of Paris: An Architectural Tour through the History of Paris, we touched only the top of the angel cake. Full of architectural and Parisian history, each sculpture on the tour has a fascinating tale of double meanings to tell. We could not physically cover all of the stories from her book in one tour. The tour begins at the Saint-Michel fountain and ends at Notre-Dame de Paris, following a course along the edges of the sixth, first and fourth arrondissements. Rosemary told us the tales you find in her book. What better way to hear the tales but from the…

  • Woman looking at a map in the Louvre on ThatLou tour for the Paris le nez en l'air story
    Guided Walks,  Let's Explore

    Wandering around Paris “Le Nez en l’Air”

    Wandering around Paris with your nose in the air is the idea behind a website of self-guided walks. Although it might mean you have no particular goal or end in sight, wandering and gazing around, the website with the same name gives a beginning and ending point with lots in between. Paris has plenty of great, guided and personalized walking tours. Many are listed on my Paris Walking Tours page with more ideas on my Tours, Guides, Walks and Wheels .