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Anne D.


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I'm a Paris-loving graphic designer with a visual mind, love of travel and desire to explore the everyday world. As author of the blog, Prêt à Voyager, and "Paris Small Shops" Herb Lester guide, I'm always eager to share tips for your next trip to Paris. Start here: http://www.pret-a-voyager.com/visit-paris and follow me @pretavoyager on Twitter + Instagram for more.

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Reviews for Anne D.
Lisa W.

Our morning in Montmarte with Anne D. was fun and easy. She is wonderfully approachable and was able to come up with an itinerary that accommodated my 80-year old mother perfectly. Merci Anne!

Tom G.

I enjoyed my afternoon with Anne in what little is left of Medieval Paris. I sprang my tour request ion her at the last minute. Anne responded quickly and graciously. We walked and rode the Metro in a Tuesday afternoon, ending up at Gobelins. I will definitely take another walking tour with Anne next time I am in Paris

Kimberly O.

I was insanely lucky to come across Anne's tour on Vayable less than a week before my first trip to Paris. I hit the jackpot when she was able to book a last minute tour for me! Without a doubt, the cost of the tour was the best money I spent on my trip. Anne asked me for a list of things I was interested in seeing while in Paris and customized a tour for me that hit all of my "wow" buttons. She took me to shops and art galleries that I hadn't found in my limited art/design search and gave me two apps to download that helped me tremendously. The value-add of her tour was the confidence it gave me to venture all over Paris -- alone and without the ability to speak French! I walked and wandered, took the Metro and never got lost.. at least not unintentionally. It was the most amazing trip I've ever taken (and I work in the travel industry!) and I give Anne all the credit. Anne's knowledge and love of Paris let me shake off a little nervousness and live Paris like a local. I will be going back to Paris and I hope she's available every time I go back. She is the loveliest person.

Tammy M.

We spent a few hours roaming the back streets and discovering local art and beautiful design shops, places we would not find on our own. Anne has a wealth of knowledge, a clear passion for the city and a desire to ensure the time is tailored to your interests. A wonderful experience, I highly recommend a great way to discover the local design scene with Anne who is absolutely personable.

Armando S.

This is an outstanding and memorable experience! Anne shows you things you would be very unlikely to find on your own and I could not recommend this more highly for anyone at all interested in design or fashion. Anne seems to have an encyclopedic knowledge of Paris shops and street art, and we really enjoyed our time with her. Can't wait to do this again.

Lisa A.

The design tour with Anne was a lot of fun! Her communication before the tour was friendly and reassuring, and she gave us easy-to-follow directions in how to meet up on the day of. Despite it being 95 degrees Farenheit, Anne led us on 3 hours of walking and sharing cool spots and interesting information. I brought along a friend who has lived in Paris for two years, and she said that many of the places we visited were new to her, so we definitely saw unique places that aren't in all the guidebooks. I would recommend this tour to anyone who loves design and wants to see a less-touristy side of Paris. Merci, Anne!

Lynda D.

Fabulous! Anne knows this city inside out and is a terrific guide. She's also great fun to spend time with. Arranging a tour with Anne at the start of your visit is a wonderful way to get the most out of your stay; she'll show you how to ride public transportation, teach you insider tips on finding clean public restrooms, and point out attractions and destinations based on your own interests, as well as the things everyone comes to Paris to see. Highly, highly recommended!

Moira F.

Anne D. was a wonderful guide, very knowledgeable. She gave us great suggestions to explore after the tour on our own and we ended up following several of them. The tour was a wedding gift for my husband and he loved it--he said it was his favorite part of our trip. It was great to walk around with a local and get some context for how things work. Anne catered the tour to our interests. We wanted to hang out with her for longer!

Carolina N.

Anne was accommodating and informative and provided my friend and me with a great re-introduction to Paris. I highly recommend this tour as a means of orienting yourself in the city. Anne did a great job of providing us with information and cool spots in each arrondismont. We saw parts of the city that we never would have without her guidance. I highly recommend seeing this tour with Anne.

William B.

On May 3, my wife and I were taken on the Paris Design tour and we had a wonderful time. We visited or saw a large number of quaint and charming places in the 3rd Arrondissement and in the process we learned a number practical and helpful points of information to increase our enjoyment of our time in Paris. Anne Ditmer was engaging, well informed, responsive, and forthcoming with lots of interesting items of information and help. She was fun to be with. In this tour, we covered a lot of ground. We recommend the Paris DEsign tour. BILL BOGAARD

William B.

On May 3, my wife and I were taken on the Paris Design tour and we had a wonderful time. We visited or saw a large number of quaint and charming places in the 3rd Arrondissement and in the process we learned a number practical and helpful points of information to increase our enjoyment of our time in Paris. Anne Ditmer was engaging, well informed, responsive, and forthcoming with lots of interesting items of information and help. She was fun to be with. In this tour, we covered a lot of ground. We recommend the Paris DEsign tour. BILL BOGAARD

Joe C.

My wife and I travelled to Paris for the very first time from April 26 through May 6 and booked with Anne. It was a perfect and proper orientation for first time Paris travelers. With the confidence Anne delivered, my wife and I visited Reims, The Palace of Versailles and dozens of sites around the city. We enjoyed travel by Metro, RER and rail. It was a marvelous adventure and the trip of a lifetime. Anne's primer really made it all come together for us! Highly recommended!

Laura B.

Being on a Vayable tour with Anne is like hanging out with that cool friend that lives in Paris that you wish you had. It was a true delight to spend time with Anne and have her show me her favorite design places and products. She sent a brief questionnaire ahead of time, and it was clear that she put together a thoughtful itinerary for our tour based on my interests. She followed up with an email that listed all the places we visited, should I choose to return to them (or just a record of our itinerary), and she listed some others that I might want to explore on our own. I referred to her suggestions several times during the rest of my stay. Very worthwhile!

Arti C.

We had the most amazing day with Anne on the design tour! She knew all sorts of interesting and beautiful shops and streets to lead us to as well as the people and stories behind them. She was a lovely host, paying special attention to our specific interests, and was a generous guide, sharing personal anecdotes and favorite little corners. It was a side of Paris we would have missed without her. Thanks so much Anne!

Kim

We loved our tour with Anne. She kept the attention of all of our group: two people comfortable with Paris, one first time visitor and two children enthralled with being there. She was thoughtful and full of information, but mindful of not being overwhelming. Very well done. We did the tour on our first day in the city and it was perfect! Thank you Anne!

Amira E.

I got in touch with Anne for a last minute tour and she was super responsive. My tour was scheduled for the day before my final day in Paris (I was there for a week). I highly recommend doing this early on in your trip to get the most out of your time there. Anne will share tips on how to really enjoy Paris's many beautiful neighborhoods. She's friendly and knowledgeable and you'll have a great time.

Peggy S.

Anne is an exceptional and talented guide. She combines her interests in art, culture, literature, not to forget her invaluable practical advice, into a complete and enjoyable adventure. She tailored our time together specific to my requests and added her cheerful, friendly personality to a most memorable time. I highly recommend you take three hours of your time in Paris to walk with Anne. She will not only provide you with simple suggestions that will enrich your experience, but unique and special anecdotes that you will remember long after your time in this magical city is over.

Beth V.

Great communication when booking this experience! We had a wonderful time walking around Paris and learning some really cool things about the city that we would've never known if we had gone on a normal touristy tour. Hanging out with Anne was extremely enjoyable and she is so smart! Anne took us to some spots we wanted to check out, but didn't know much about the spots (Promenade Plantee and Rue Cremieux) and gave us some tips for photos! She also brought us to a few passage ways (and a stationary/art shop) and a fantastic croissant/madeline bakery. I highly recommend this experience if you are coming to Paris and want to explore beyond the typical tourist spots.

William M.

Highly recommend! It was our first time in Paris, and Anne met us at our apartment and cheerfully got us on our way. We walked for a bit and got the scoop on shops in the area, a little bit on Etiquette, and some solid tips on understanding the Metro on our way up to the Paris Flea Market. It was a great way for us to ease into this wonderful city and bypass the "touristy" route. Thanks Anne!

Leigh A.

Booking Anne our first day in Paris was totally worth the jet lag and droopy eyes. Anne asked us lots of questions in advance about what interests us. She showed us her favorite coffee / tea spot, lots of off the beaten path spots that we wouldn't have known to explore, and helped us navigate the Metro. By the end of our four nights in Paris we were pros! Thanks for the restaurant recommendations too, Anne! We ended up going to the hummus / pita place (name escapes me right now) and that cauliflower was to die for.


Reviews by Anne D.
Anne D.

This was seriously the perfect start to my trip. I give tours in Paris and sometimes I forget how great it is to have someone help get you grounded and put you in the context of the place. Jo was full of tons of fascinating facts that only someone who lives there would know. My trip was a last minute assignment for a client so I was completely unprepared going down there. Jo brought me up to speed on what I should know, and even helped recommend a hotel that was completely affordable – across the French border, but completely central to everything else. Highly recommended, and it makes exploring on your own later far less daunting.

Anne D.

Given the GrandPrix taking a car ride in Monaco only seemed appropriate. I know nothing about cars, but it was fun to have a choice (I went by color and picked the yellow Fiat). Jean-Luc picked me up in complete style and we started driving up into the cliffs. Wow those roads are windy! (This tour is not for those who easily get car sick). It was a gorgeous way to see a bit more of the coast outside of Monaco, and be with a local expert to help point out things I never would have known. It was fun to spend the afternoon with Jean-Luc who knows cars + the south of France. . . . Also, your friends will be totally jealous when you post a picture of the car you got to ride in :)

Anne D.

I had a super short stay in Dublin and Emily helped make the most of it. She knew all the great spots, and with a great twist of Irish design (I'm a graphic designer so she picked spots knowing my interest). We met some designers too who showed us their work. I saw places I wouldn't have been able to see without a local. Emily is super friendly and welcoming, and it was a pure delight to get to see Dublin through her eyes. Now I want to go back and explore more!! Definitely recommending to all my friends!

Anne D.

I had a super short stay in Dublin and Emily helped make the most of it. She knew all the great spots, and with a great twist of Irish design. We met some designers too who showed us their work. I saw places I wouldn't have been able to see without a local. Emily is super friendly and welcoming, and it was a pure delight to get to see Dublin through her eyes. Now I want to go back and explore more!! Definitely recommending to all my friends!