I went on a Local Guddy tour in Paris. This is definitely a Hidden Paris sort of thing. Places that I’ve literately walked pass but never thought to visit. Paris has so many hidden gems!

 

What is Local Guddy?

Local Guddy is a peer to peer website where you can find locals as your tour guide or list yourself as a tour guide. Their tours are a lot cheaper than formal tour establishments. Groups tend to be small and flexible with meeting times or visiting spots. Best part is that you can ask for a customised tour.

 

Let’s talk about the tour that I took – Les Passages. When I first came across this tour, I was like, what the hell are passages? The way that I understand it now is that passages are very narrow streets with a glass roof and loads of stores. They’re a big deal back in the 19th century because it’s trendy and they had artificial lights. Passages were the main dating spots too.

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Galerie Vivienne (aka Marchoux) – 4 Rue des Petits Champs, 75002 Paris. Built in 1823. Passages were considered trendy those days. In its hay day, Galerie Vivienne was the it spot before the rise of Champs Élysées. Former home of Eugène François Vidocq is inside this passage. He’s the guy who inspired the story for Les Misérables written by Victor Hugo.

Candles were out and artificial lighting was in. Kind of funny, because these days it is the other way round? Did you know that it was because Paris was the first to have gas light passage and hence “City of Light”? That was in Passage Panoroma in 1817.

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Passages des Panoramas, 11 Boulevard Montmartre, 75002 Paris, built in 1799, the oldest in Paris. Loaded with specialty stores, fabulous restaurants and atelier of all stripes *LOL*. French’s wax museum can be found here too.

Like everything else, passages later went out of fashion; or just severely sabotaged by Haussmann’s movement. There were around 200 of these in Paris, but now only a handful has survived. Thanks to famous designers such as Kenzo and Gaultier opened stores in passages, some got revived.

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Read the fine print… this shop has been around since 1826

Frankly, after we walked 12000 steps in 2 hours and went through 6 passages? I was so overloaded with information, I was beside myself. How about watching my 30seconds video to go through them all?

 

 

My guide was Lucien. He’s a ex-teacher who’s really into history. He’s the most soft spoken tour guide that I’ve met LOL Not inaudible, but he’s not loud like many who can be heard down the boulevard if you know what I mean. He’s super knowledgeable and told all sort of juicy stories about Paris. TMI Paris wahaha Well, at the end of the day, I don’t think I can remember it all, but the places that we visited were really beautiful. Let my photos speak for themselves?

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Guide Lucien and his old Parisian maps. His tablet was full of them. He did many on the spot comparisons to modern day Paris.

Tips from me?

Wear flat shoes. We walked 12,000 steps in the 2 hour tour. Many streets were not the completely smooth type if that make sense?

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Outdoor art near Louvre, Courtyard of Palais Royal. Shitty weather alert *LOL* No amount of filter helped me with this cloudy sadness haha

What tour was it?

https://www.localguddy.com/tours/573-les-passages-the-beautiful-heart-of-paris

No affiliated link.

This was a complimentary tour from Local Guddy. This is a voluntary post and is not sponsored. I have no affiliation with Local Guddy.

 

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Hi, I am Joyce. 30+ living in Paris. Laughs a lot. Rooibos tea. Appreciate little things. Explore places. Fighting beauty OCD.

4 Comments

  1. I was also thinking of doing a Local Guddy tour! Nice to see a review… I’m still gonna try to do one and see how they are! Would you recommend it?

    • Yes, I do recommend Lucien’s les passages tour. He is super knowledgable. I haven’t tried other Local Guddy, so I can’t speak for the others. Have fun! 😃

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