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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!
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!
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!
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.
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.
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.
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!
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.
This was our second tour with Anne and it was delightful. She met us at our hotel, and guided us to our chosen destination via the Metro and provided excellent advice for our return trip on the bus. She takes all opportunities to explain where and how to explore Paris. Our chosen destination to explore was the Paris Flea Market, and Anne did a great job of getting us there before the crowds and guiding us through the various individual markets. She translated for us as we purchased items from the vendors. I highly recommend Anne for tours of Paris.
My husband and I traveled to Paris for our honeymoon, and being designers ourselves we were very interested in seeing local, offbeat sights that could give us a true sense of the city. While looking up guides online, I found Anne's design tour, and immediately booked it. It was a great experience! She was extremely friendly, very keen on making sure what she showed us were to our interests, all the while showing us a variety of places and spaces. The tour was relaxed yet informative, and a complete delight for the senses. If you are interested in seeing another side of Paris that can't be found on the typical tourist guides, I would highly recommend booking a tour with Anne!
Choosing Navigate Paris was one of the best decisions we made during our trip to Paris. Anne was absolutely lovely, and her knowledge of the city was incredibly impressive. Our tour happened to land on a national holiday but Anne was up to the task, finding places that were accessible even when most of the city was shut down. She shared helpful tips with us both during and after the trip; we ended up visiting a lot of places in the following days that we either didn’t have time for or were closed on the day of the tour. We can’t recommend this tour enough! (And thanks, Anne, for taking part in Operation Golden Paw — our friends were delighted with the photos!)
Anne made my stay in Paris so lovely and fun. I've already visited Paris 4 times before this time and need new and different experience. Anne expresses herself and her favourite style on online such as blog and Instagram and therefore, it was easy to know "SHE MUST HAVE LIKEMINDED TASTE TO ME". This my feeling was absolutely correct !! Because of Anne's human connections, I had chances to speak the cafe owner and artisan. I also enjoyed the talk with her at her favourite cafe and she inspired me not only as a good Vayable guide, but also a woman who works in the ideal style and area. I checked the next ticket to Paris on the train towards London (my home). She sent me a recap email after the tour to explain everything we walked around together. It was so useful and I feel her kindness. Having a knowledgeable and kind local at the travel destination brings our travel to the different experience. It will give us another scope to explore the destination. Definitely recommend booking her tour in Paris.
Excellent and knowledgeable Anne is a wonderful guide to current design in paris. Of you want a quick look into "where it it's right now", ask Anne to take you there. From design that's there for a long time, like architecture, to current popup shops, she knows all and happy to show you what interests you. We only had 2 days and it was a good choice to spend 4 hours with her!
I was thrilled to re-connect with Anne in Paris again. We met last year for a fun day when I was in Paris on my own for business and I was excited to spend the day with her again on our recent family trip to Paris. We covered lots of interesting places that I'd never find on my own and it was like meeting up with an old friend in Paris!
We had a wonderful afternoon with Anne on the Navigate Paris tour. I provided her with a list of our interests and past experiences and she delivered the perfect tour for us! This included an overview of Paris and how to use the metro. Her e-mail follow-up of our tour was a great addition. I would recommend Anne for a first time or returning visitor to Paris. Thanks again Anne!!!
Anne gives a spectacular tour! She listened to my interests (textiles, paper products) and tailored the tour accordingly. She is very knowledgeable about the neighborhoods we visited, as well as about Paris in general. Thanks to Anne, I also became an expert in navigating the Paris metro system! I highly recommend engaging Anne to provide a tour; she is good company.
We had a lovely time navigating Paris with Anne. Even though we were tired after our long flight, we enjoyed our time with Anne. She was on time waiting for us at our hotel. She gave us a general introduction of Paris with their districts and off we went. The 3 hours was spent on walking a few interesting areas around our hotel, and she took us on a metro ride to show us how to navigate ourselves with the Paris superb metro system. After the tour Anne recapped in an email of what we did and give us more tips, websites and info. We find them very helpful. I will recommend first time visitor to Paris to take this tour. Thank you Anne, we had a lovely time in Paris.
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.
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 :)
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!
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!