Guessing Game: Best Kept Secrets of Paris

Can you guess where I took this picture?!?

HOW WELL DO YOU KNOW PARIS? THE CITY IS FULL OF SURPRISING PLACES!

Over the years I’ve become quite intimate with the back streets, local hang-outs and unexpected corners of the city… the better I get to know Paris, the more I love it. I share my favorite spots with my guests on SOJOURNER TOURS Best Kept Secrets and Off-the-Beaten-Path sojourns… and, I thought it would be fun for some of you to test your knowledge and get to know the city better.

Please post your guesses! I love seeing your ideas. 🙂

HINT: This tree top zipline course is located in a special park that is in one of the two “lungs of Paris”. On the east and west side, the city is flanked by huge public parks (far larger than Hyde Park in London or Central Park in New York). The parks were at one time royal hunting forests and Napoleon III turned them over to the people. These large green spaces are considered to play an important roll in refreshing the air in Paris as city’s tend to produce high amounts of carbon dioxide and potentially harmful gasses like sulfur dioxide and carbon monoxide which the trees and other plants convert into oxygen. The fun course pictured here is in an area of one of the woods that charges admission during special events (like open air music concerts). Can you guess where it is?

-Lisa (Sojourner Tours owner)

Check back for the correct answer, I’ll post it here in about a week.

Guessing Game: Best Kept Secrets of Paris

Can you guess where I took this picture ?!?

HOW WELL DO YOU KNOW PARIS? THE CITY IS FULL OF SURPRISING PLACES!

Over the years I’ve become quite intimate with the back streets, local hang-outs and unexpected corners of the city… the better I get to know Paris, the more I love it. I share my favorite spots with my guests on SOJOURNER TOURS Best Kept Secrets and Off-the-Beaten-Path sojourns… and, I thought it would be fun for some of you to test your knowledge and get to know the city better.

Please post your guesses! I love seeing your ideas. 🙂

HINT: This is a picture of the courtyard of Paris’s fabulous free history museum which is often overlooked by tourists… do you know where it is?

-Lisa (Sojourner Tours owner)

Check back for the correct answer, I’ll post it here in about a week.

Guessing Game: Best Kept Secrets of Paris

Can you guess where I took this picture ?

HOW WELL DO YOU KNOW PARIS? THE CITY IS FULL OF SURPRISING PLACES!

Over the years I’ve become quite intimate with the back streets, local hang-outs and unexpected corners of the city… the better I get to know Paris, the more I love it. I share my favorite spots with my guests on our Best Kept Secrets and Off-the-Beaten-Path sojourns… and, I thought it would be fun for some of you to test your knowledge and get to know the city better.

Please post your guesses! I love seeing your ideas. 🙂

HINT: This is an oasis in the city where you can step out of the hustle bustle and into another world… come for North African or Middle Eastern style sweets and mint tea or enjoy the hammam (a cousin of the sauna)! What few people know is that this place was built by the French government to thank the Muslims from the French colonies who fought for  France during WWI and it later became a refuge for Jews who were persecuted during WWII. I love coming here to treat myself and appreciate the history of compassion this place represents!

-Lisa (Sojourner Tours owner)

Check back for the correct answer, I’ll post it here in about a week.

Guessing Game: Best Kept Secrets of Paris

Can you guess where I took this picture?!?

HOW WELL DO YOU KNOW PARIS? THE CITY IS FULL OF SURPRISING PLACES!

Over the years I’ve become quite intimate with the back streets, local hang-outs and unexpected corners of the city… the better I get to know Paris, the more I love it. I share my favorite spots with my guests on SOJOURNER TOURS Best Kept Secrets and Off-the-Beaten-Path sojourns… and, I thought it would be fun for some of you to test your knowledge and get to know the city better.

Please post your guesses! I love seeing your ideas. 🙂

HINT: This arched bridge is right next to the last draw bridge in Paris. The draw bridge (you can see its wheels on the left side of the image) dates to 1885. Now this is one of the trendiest parts of Paris,in the banks of the banks of the canal are lined with young people picnicking and drinking in on warm summer evenings for a cheep night out… and you can rent small motor boats here to ride up and down the canal during the day (but they are not so cheap 😉 )!

-Lisa (Sojourner Tours owner)

Check back for the correct answer, I’ll post it here in about a week.

Guessing Game: Best Kept Secrets of Paris

Can you guess where I took this picture !?!

HOW WELL DO YOU KNOW PARIS? THE CITY IS FULL OF SURPRISING PLACES!

Over the years I’ve become quite intimate with the back streets, local hang-outs and unexpected corners of the city… the better I get to know Paris, the more I love it. I share my favorite spots with my guests on SOJOURNER TOURS Best Kept Secrets and Off-the-Beaten-Path sojourns… and, I thought it would be fun for some of you to test your knowledge and get to know the city better.

Please post your guesses! I love seeing your ideas. 🙂

HINT: This is another of Paris’ most famous sites… but if you haven’t taken climbed up the dome, then you may not recognize it. Despite it’s sordid history I fell in love with this mosque-like church on my first visit to Paris… and I still love going back early in the morning (before the throngs of tourists arrive) to enjoy the views over the city. Climbing up the 300 stairs in the spiral staircase to the roof gets me winded but it makes it sooooo rewarding when I finally reach the top. I only go right when they open so I can have the place more-or-less to myself… because I love taking my time, peeking down on the gargoyles and just sitting up in the dome for a bit to soak up the moment.

-Lisa (Sojourner Tours owner)

 

Sacre Coeur in Montmartre

Guessing Game: Best Kept Secrets of Paris

Can you guess where I took this picture?!?

HOW WELL DO YOU KNOW PARIS? THE CITY IS FULL OF SURPRISING PLACES!

Over the years I’ve become quite intimate with the back streets, local hang-outs and unexpected corners of the city… the better I get to know Paris, the more I love it. I share my favorite spots with my guests on SOJOURNER TOURS Best Kept Secrets and Off-the-Beaten-Path sojourns… and, I thought it would be fun for some of you to test your knowledge and get to know the city better.

Please post your guesses! I love seeing your ideas. 🙂

HINT: Don’t be fooled, this is in Paris not Kyoto!!! Where can you be transported to Japan without leaving the Paris? Think harder than the Guimet Asian Art Museum. This is further to the West in the city.

-Lisa (Sojourner Tours owner)

Garden of Albert Kahn

Guessing Game: Best Kept Secrets of Paris

Can you guess where I took this picture?!?

HOW WELL DO YOU KNOW PARIS? THE CITY IS FULL OF SURPRISING PLACES!

Over the years I’ve become quite intimate with the back streets, local hang-outs and unexpected corners of the city… the better I get to know Paris, the more I love it. I share my favorite spots with my guests on SOJOURNER TOURS Best Kept Secrets and Off-the-Beaten-Path sojourns… and, I thought it would be fun for some of you to test your knowledge and get to know the city better.

Please post your guesses! I love seeing your ideas. 🙂

HINT: I make an annual pilgrimage to this shop to buy my year’s stash of luscious teas. I love all the pomp of the old-fashioned shop, watching them weigh my tea with the ancient scale… and I especially love the personal treatment I get from the moment I walk in the door. The vendors are artful at translating my tastes into an adventure of new tea discoveries. Oh and the aromas!!! Now you may recognize the canisters right away… but did you know that this tea merchant has more than one shop in Paris (and this is NOT the well-known one in St. Germaine)… no this is a smaller one with a tiny “tea museum” upstairs. I found it by chance because it is right across the street from the boutique hotel I chose for our Best Kept Secret Sojourns.

Surprise me and guess the name and location of this shop!

-Lisa (Sojourner Tours owner)

Check back for the correct answer, I’ll post it here in about a week.

Guessing Game: Best Kept Secrets of Paris

Can you guess where I took this picture?!?
HOW WELL DO YOU KNOW PARIS? THE CITY IS FULL OF SURPRISING PLACES!

Over the years I’ve become quite intimate with the back streets, local hang-outs and unexpected corners of the city… the better I get to know Paris, the more I love it. I share my favorite spots with my guests on SOJOURNER TOURS Best Kept Secrets and Off-the-Beaten-Path sojourns… and, I thought it would be fun for some of you to test your knowledge and get to know the city better.

Please post your guesses! I love seeing your ideas. 🙂

HINT: This isn’t ice cream… it is gelato and it is packed with intense flavors: nuts, tropical fruits, chocolates, coffee..! And it comes from an French chain  started by two Italian friends that you can now find all over Paris (and the world… here is a link to their website so you can find the one closest to you). I go out of my way to make at least one annual trip to the boutique with my boys and we all argue about who loves it the gelato most. The fun thing about the rose petals is that the gelato merchant will let you select an almost infinite number of strongly perfumed flavors to sample. Trust me, if you like icy treats… you have not lived until you’ve had one of these cones!

-Lisa (Sojourner Tours owner)

 

ANSWER: AMORINO

Guessing Game: Best Kept Secrets of Paris

Can you guess where I took this picture?!?

HOW WELL DO YOU KNOW PARIS? THE CITY IS FULL OF SURPRISING PLACES!

Over the years I’ve become quite intimate with the back streets, local hang-outs and unexpected corners of the city… the better I get to know Paris, the more I love it. I share my favorite spots with my guests on SOJOURNER TOURS Best Kept Secrets and Off-the-Beaten-Path sojourns… and, I thought it would be fun for some of you to test your knowledge and get to know the city better.

Please post your guesses! I love seeing your ideas. 🙂

HINT: This is my favorite museum in Paris. You can see from the still life and the stuffed fox curled up in the chair contrasted with the bizarre contemporary rabbit sculpture hidden under the table that this is a museum full of whimsy. Set in a sumptuous manor house in the Marais district, the name of this museum is misleading… who would expect to find a mythology room complete with a unicorn horn or a room full of portraits of dogs? The last time I went there was a huge temporary sculptural installation of a giraffe… and you could climb up to put your head in it’s belly. (And people say Austin is weird… it ain’t got nothin’ on Paris!)

-Lisa (Sojourner Tours owner)

 

Check back for the correct answer, I’ll post it here in about a week.

Guessing Game: Best Kept Secrets of Paris

Can you guess where in Paris this picture was taken?

HOW WELL DO YOU KNOW PARIS? THE CITY IS FULL OF SURPRISING PLACES!

Over the years I’ve become quite intimate with the back streets, local hang-outs and unexpected corners of the city… the better I get to know Paris, the more I love it. I share my favorite spots with my guests on our Best Kept Secrets and Off-the-Beaten-Path sojourns… and, I thought it would be fun for some of you to test your knowledge and get to know the city better.

Please post your guesses! I love seeing your ideas. 🙂

HINT: This is one of the most famous places in Paris… but seen from an uncommon angle. Even if you’ve never been to Paris, you may be able to guess this one if you puzzle over it a bit.  Those of you who have visited will undoubtedly recognize it right away!

-Lisa (Sojourner Tours owner)

Answer…

 

 

Under the pyramid at the Louvre.