We took a tour with Richard a little while ago, but I recommended to a friend who went recently and raved about it, which reminded me to post this review. We had a long weekend in Paris, so not much time, and wanted a full-on way to get to know a different area of Paris (Le Marais). We filled in a detailed questionnaire and challenged Richard to come up with a tour that met both of our (divergent) interests and took some parts of the Île de la Cité as well. Richard certainly delivered - he was flexible and adjusted things as we went around - when he discovered we like markets we diverted to one, and again to an amazing homewares shop when we got talking about kitchen gadgets. We went to a great hidden, local restaurant for lunch and wouldn't have got a table without Richard being with us.
I came away feeling like I knew a lot more about that part of Paris and with some great memories. It's a mark of how well tailored the tour was that I'm still using an amazing French beauty product which the pharmacist, in a tiny store Richard took us to, recommended for me. Had to go back to Paris several times for it but there are worse things!
I think you get the best out of the tour by having some clear ideas what you're interested in - but also by being flexible on the day. Some of the best things we saw (an amazing staircase in a private house, the salt shop etc) came about because Richard said - oh, if you like that, what about this?
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