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 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. So, I’ll share a picture on the first and third Sunday of each month from August 2016 through April 2017 and reveal the location a week later.

Please post your guesses! It will be fun for everyone to see all the ideas the images foster.🙂

-Lisa (Sojourner Tours owner)

Answer…

 

 

Outside “Aux Follies” an old cabaret, now inexpensive and popular cafe in Belleville, Rue Denoyex.

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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. So, I’ll share a picture on the first and third Sunday of each month from August 2016 through April 2017 and reveal the location a week later.

Please post your guesses! It will be fun for everyone to see all the ideas the images foster.🙂

-Lisa (Sojourner Tours owner)

Answer…

 

 

 

 

Le Musée de la Vie romantique

 

 

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. So, I’ll share a picture on the first and third Sunday of each month from August 2016 through April 2017 and reveal the location a week later.

Please post your guesses! It will be fun for everyone to see all the ideas the images foster.🙂

-Lisa (Sojourner Tours owner)

Answer…

 

 

 

 

 

 

 The Musée des Arts et Métiers, the industrial design museum in Paris

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. So, I’ll share a picture on the first and third Sunday of each month from August 2016 through April 2017 and reveal the location a week later.

Please post your guesses! It will be fun for everyone to see all the ideas the images foster. 🙂

-Lisa (Sojourner Tours owner)

Answer…

 

 

 

 

 

l’Eglise Saint-Serge  in the 19th arrondissement

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. So, I’ll share a picture on the first and third Sunday of each month from August 2016 through April 2017 and reveal the location a week later.

Please post your guesses! It will be fun for everyone to see all the ideas the images foster. 🙂

-Lisa (Sojourner Tours owner)

Answer…

 

 

 

 

Le Petit Palais

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. So, I’ll share a picture on the first and third Sunday of each month from August 2016 through April 2017 and reveal the location a week later.

Please post your guesses! It will be fun for everyone to see all the ideas the images foster. 🙂

-Lisa (Sojourner Tours owner)

ANSWER…

 

 

 

Montparnasse Tower

Best Kept Secrets of PARIS: Can you guess where this is in 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. So, I’ll share a picture on the first and third Sunday of each month from August 2016 through April 2017 and reveal the location a week later.

Please post your guesses! It will be fun for everyone to see all the ideas the images foster. 🙂

-Lisa (Sojourner Tours owner)

ANSWER…

 

 

 

 

Some of The Best Kept Secrets of Paris

#1 Parc des Buttes-Chaumont (in Belleville)

A Postcard from Aix-en-Provence

Wish you were here!

Aix-en-Provence is a charming city –bustling and lively yet with a compact historic city-center that is easy to explore on foot! I love the college-town vibe and the incredible light produced by the sun here.

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Aix-en-Provence, France: Sojourner Tours

There is a farmer’s market every morning –and we’ll bring our Live-Like-a-Local guests here on one of the days when there is also a craftsman market (on a Tuesday or Thursday). It’s fun to look through the textiles, artisan objects and antiques sold in the market.

One of my favorite things here is sitting at a cafe terrace and people watching. But our guests will have time to visit the artist Cezanne’s workshop, the art museum, pop in a cathedral, go shopping… whatever catches their fancy!

Now, all we have to sit down and finalize the itinerary… make sure we visit places on market days, double check museum and restaurant opening times and days… etc. I’ll be posting it on the Sojourner Tours Website it in early September. 🙂

-Lisa (Sojourner Tours owner)

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Lisa Gustavson, Sojourner Tours Owner

A Postcard from Vaison la Romaine

Wish you were here!

If the timing is right, we would absolutely love to bring our Live-Like-a-Local guests to Vaison la Romaine. You are probably thinking, “but, of course” –because everybody has heard of this village! –Just kidding. This is another of France’s best kept secrets!

Francis’ grandparents used to vacation here because they had a friend with a summer home in the village.  BUT, I know about it because one of Francis’s dearest high-school buddies took over his grandfather’s winery which is located here.It is a great story…

When his grandfather passed away, no one in the family wanted to take on the backbreaking labor of grape growing. His grandfather had produced grapes which he sold to winemakers… Olivier had always loved it here and loved what his grandfather did. So, he not only took over the production and farm house… but, he also elevated the operation to a full scale winery. He explained to me that he wanted to plant a wider range of  prestigious grape varieties and grow them organically.

Now, I’ve been wine tasting all over California, in France (and even in Texas) and this is not the same experience. This is a young man’s dream. He started on a shoe string and is building his way up… this isn’t a swanky operation with a showy tasting room for tourists. When you drive up, you are on a real farm. It’s humble. It’s honest. And the wine is delicious.

We’ve gone to visit him twice and he’s made us a barbecue both times…to show off his wines. I love the rose (made with Syrah, Mourvedre and Cinsault)… and his red Syrah pairs amazingly with flame broiled duck breast. His “Pique Bas” wines aren’t your usual Rhones and they are probably hard to get your hands on because it is such a small production.

If our guests come at a time when he isn’t too busy in the fields, I’d love them to experience this really authentic style of wine production and meet a producer who is humble but very proud of what he’s been able to create. To me, this is “living like a local” -visiting this kind of place that isn’t really accessible to tourists.

I also think my guests will love it because the village is charming and there are some Roman ruins to visit! What is really impressive is the deep ravine with a high bridge. (I’ll never forget it because when my youngest son was tiny, he was exhausted from all traveling and (in the only form of protest at his disposal) he threw one of his shoes over the bridge. –I somehow risked life and limb and retrieved the shoe to console (not my little son, but…) my husband who was in despair because there was no place to buy new shoes in the village (and shoes are expensive in France –or so he said). 😉

-Lisa (Sojourner Tours owner)

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Lisa Gustavson, Sojourner Tours Owner

 

A Postcard from Ile-Sur-la-Sorgue

Wish you were here!

Ile-Sur-La-Sorgue was another recommendation from my mother-in-law’s best friend. We went on a market day and the little streets along the canals were alive with color… and tourists. I would recommend this town to people visiting France on their own as a shopping destination… but it isn’t right for our sojourners. Shopping needs to be done on one’s own pace: some people need a day, others an hour.

The town is famous for antiques so it is a great place to spend the day browsing through shops and a fun place if you want to pick up some souvenirs in a market setting (plan to go on a market day, Thursday or Sunday morning) because the market is geared toward the needs of visitors offering local herbs, pottery, table clothes and more.

-Lisa (Sojourner Tours owner)

Lisa 2016 Ménerbes
Lisa Gustavson, Sojourner Tours Owner