Rue Jacob is a small, quiet street in the heart of the Latin Quarter. In front of the one of the houses here every day around 10 PM parks elegant limousine. Dignified gentleman in middle-aged with a perfectly cut suit gets out of the car. He climbs on the third floor of the building. Door of one of the apartments opening up.
The young woman with a little girl greets him with a smile and kisses. It looks like the busy father finally back home to starts family time.This scenario is repeated every day for about thirty years. The small girl grows up and becomes a dynamic woman. There would be nothing strange.
But the fact is the this man is the president of France, François Mitterrand and the two women are Anne Pingeot, his mistress and their daughter, Mazarine. They begin family time late because before president spent time with the official wife.
Cinderella with a godmother
Nely is the author of the novels for a teenagers who lives in Texas. Bianca is a eighteen years old violinist and blogger living in Greece. They met over the Internet long time ago and discussed online. Finally they decided to meet. In Paris. Nely funded for Bianca’s stay in Paris as a gift to the eighteenth birthday.I had an incredible pleasure to show them the city and to listen this incredible story.Thanks to them I realized that fairy tale of Cinderella and good godmother can happen in the present world.
Late, busy Paris afternoon.I meet them at the station Paris Gare du Nord.The Jason family. I was a little scared when I saw these big team with four small guys.After four days together I can say I don’t know more organized family. From now on, this is my favorite American family. I showed them Paris. They showed me that traveling with four small boys is simple and it’s fun.
Paris after Polish
Sometimes fate surprise you. A surprise was meeting in Paris Arek, Polish soldier from Warsaw so my compatriot.I felt patriotically obliged. We started our Parisian stroll under the monument John Paul II opposite the Cathedral Notre Dame.
From there we walked to the Sorbonne and the Jardin de Luxembourg. We sat for a moment in the oldest Parisian cafe – Le Procope, where Arek wants to feel like a real Parisian. Then we wandered around the trendy district Le Marais. At the end of the walking day we ordered a frogs and a Ricard at cafe from the film Amélie at Montmartre hill. And it was a big mistake. If you don’t want to feel the taste of cough syrup don’t order Ricard. After the Polish plum brandy this alcohol is the worst which I have ever tried. When I asked the French neighbors from the next table how is possible that the French like to drink this liquor on the basis of anis they explain to me that this is a matter of habit. Otherwise,the waiters in Café des Deux Moulins are extremely slow even by Parisian standards.
How to explore Paris originally or how I met Fabienne
Guides about Paris are millions, like stereotypes about Paris. Poor tourist fed this nonsense doing marathon from the Mona Lisa to Versailles, lost directions in subway and in the abyss of despair, tired eats the worst pancakes at the booth under the Eiffel Tower. It’s possible to explore Paris differently ! For example with Fabienne, French fashion designer, who created accessories and hats for the big names in fashion for over 15 years. One day she had the brilliant idea of offering something new in the Parisian tourist landscape -Follow the footsteps of Parisian artists who have lived in those mythical districts of the capital:
Saint Germain, Montmartre, Montparnasse and Royal Palace.
Since I met her I look at Paris otherwise.
Through her PARIS CELEBRITY TOURS projet I know even the great secret of President François Mitterrand !
Ray in Paris
When you are a Paris tour guide every day you meet someone special. And you feel like you took part in fulfilling someone’s dream.It is a wonderful feeling! It’s give you wings.
Raymond Baer from Maryland (US) was the first person who I guided. Trip to Paris it was a big dream this wonderful man with the appearance of Santa Claus. We visited together Paris for four days according to the plan prepared by me specially for him. We started traditionally- from watching the city from Eiffel Tower.
Then there was a boat ride on the Seine, exploring the Musee d’Orsay, Wax Musee and much more.
Ray wasn’t very talkative but when I saw his face I saw something he liked it or not. Thanks to Ray I learned to walk slowly and I realized that Paris first of all is the stairs city.
Joanna, you were the best Paris Guide Ever! I had such a great time having you show me around Paris. I left part of my heart in Paris and one day I shall return and of course I will hire you to guide me around again.
One day in Paris with students from Poland
I was a bit nervous before this meeting.My mission was to show the best of Paris group of fifty Polish students.When I was waiting for them at the Concorde Square i felt a bit like an aging schoolmaster. I was wondering how to tell them about this city without falling into boring pathos.I started from a bloody story of Queen Antoinette which was executed on the guillotine before the entrance to the Tuileries Garden. It succeeded. I managed their interest.They asked a lot. We spent together long and so funny day closed under the Eiffel Tower.