Discover Paris during a photo tour with Paulette !
Today we have met Paulette, a globetrotter who has decided to stop by Paris for a while, and make discover the city through awesome photo tour which are as much esthetic as authentic….
Why did you sign up with Gladtrotter?
Gladtrotter is an online platform that gives local guides an opportunity to directly offer their services to travellers and make them discover their city in a true and authentic manner. Gladtrotter offers a real exchange with travellers who enjoy discovering a city, meeting up with the locals whilst sharing a life style, culture and seeing secret places and hidden gems.
What do you like to do most or discover when travelling abroad?
I like just to sit in a traditional coffee shop and enjoy the local ambiance of the moment: smelling fragrances, listening to people speaking in a foreign language, observing interactions between people and tasting the local food. If possible, interacting with the locals who will tell you about their daily life and ask you questions about your country and its culture.
Your best travel memory?
Tough question as I lived 12 years abroad and visited many countries in between my various expatriation experiences. Yet, a place on earth I really like: the famous Angkor Wat Temples in Siem Reap, Cambodia, probably because of my Cambodian background. The monument represents for me one of the 7 marvels of the world, I have visited it 7 times in my life, every time with a different person. I could go back again and again…
“I like just to sit in a traditional coffee shop and enjoy the local ambiance of the moment”
Your worse travel memory?
In 2007, I was living in Phnom Penh and gave a friend a lift back home after a night out. While driving back, I did a U-turn on the Riverside and forgot to use my lighting while at the same a motorbike drove the opposite way very fast and bumped into our car before flying a few metres away.
As we were still very shocked, we did not realise at first what had happened but then, we felt very relieved when the man on the motorbike got up, jumped up and pretended he got hurt. Our first though was to lock ourselves in the car and we immediately called the insurance that turned up a few minutes later. While waiting for the insurance company, about ten curious people got around us, worrying that we would run away.
When the insurance man finally arrived, we did explain to him what had happened and he negotiated a fix price with the man on the bike who immediately felt much better.
He advised us to be really careful as the rules in the country were the following: whatever happens, a foreigner will always be in trouble and will never be right as if he was not in the country at that time, the accident would have never happened. We drove back home and I burst in tears when arrived as a week before, one of our good friends had a motorbike accident and instantly died. At that moment, I could not stop thinking of what could have happened on that night.
What could we improve in your city for tourists to feel more welcomed?
Something that tourists always mention when visiting Paris: lots of underground stations are not well equipped with escalators so that travellers can easily carry around their luggage and it’s a nightmare to go from A to B and having to walk up and go down the stairs with all those heavy luggage. In addition, I think there are not enough infrastructures to welcome disabled travellers like they have in big cities such as London.
Your best memory with a tourist, if you already have one or the most funny or amazing?
A friend of mine introduced me to a Swedish customer who lives in Paris with her husband and kid. It’s someone I already met in Cambodia before, at the time I was living there 5 years ago. It turns out she is married with a French-Cambodian man whose elder brother was in the same class as my elder brother in primary school in Paris. The world is really small when you travel and the theory of the six degrees of separation seems to be a reality.
“I think there are not enough infrastructures to welcome disabled travellers like they have in big cities such as London.”
Your favourite restaurant or bar in town?
Le Voltigeur situated at 45 rue des Francs Bourgeois in Le Marais. The inside is very cosy and there’s a terrace where customers can sit by day or night. Blankets are available as well as radiators on top of your head when it gets a little cooler. There are good lunch menus and in the evening one can sip a delicious cocktail or enjoy a glass of wine in a very traditional Parisian atmosphere.
What’s your favourite district in Paris and why?
Tough question once again. There are many places I love in Paris: Canal Saint-Martin, La Butte aux Cailles, Montmartre but I think I definitely have a preference for Montorgueil in the second arrondissement because it brings you in the old history of Les Halles de Paris, a market that entertained the city and its inhabitants for 8 centuries before finally moving to Rungis in 1969. This district has a very special atmosphere because of its various steps of evolution over the years: a village ambiance, which combines modernity and tradition in an area, which is at the same time popular and trendy. I also love the name because it sounds complicated and quite often, it’s hard for foreigners to write it or pronounce it correctly!
photo credit : balades photographiques
Thank you Paulette for your time and your sharing you addresses. We highly recommend your tours as unique et authentic things to do in Paris.
To visit Paris with Paulette for one of her photo tours on Gladtrotter: