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Katie Z (Friday, 24 March 2017 10:49)
(About the Flea market tour)
This excursion with Solene was so much fun! I found everything I was looking for. My new vase, candelabra and mirror are going to be treasured pieced for me to look back on and remember this trip. I
highly recommend this tour for all first timers to this flea market because it is an absolute maze!
Hervé (Thursday, 23 March 2017 08:22)
I lived in Paris for a while, but still made the right decision in asking Solene for a guided tour around Aligre flea market and Notre-Dame.
I was transiting in Paris with a customer from Southeast Asia. I wanted him to get a taste of our capital, of the way of life you can experience there. Not as a tourist, but as a real Parisian for a
day! I am happy we managed to give this to him, on top of the regular Galeries Lafayettes visit.
Solene made it possible, thanks to a very good preparation: she asked me about my customer’s hobbies, and offered the most interesting places fitting with his tastes. We ended up visiting a nice food
market, explaining how we apprehend food, quality products, local productions… with a degustation of nice pastries and flavored breads. We went after to flea market, answering my customer passion for
old clocks, and finished with a visit of Notre Dame. It has been a great day!
I would recommend Solene to anyone who wants to discover Paris with a local, to go beyond the postcard and traditional tours. She made a terrific job, and I look forward to the next opportunity to
offer such a nice gift to another customer… or to myself!
Suzette's (Wednesday, 15 February 2017 12:00)
I have been to Paris many times but avoided going to the St. Ouen Flea Market because it seemed to be overwhelming and I didn't know where to begin. After going through the market with a private
guide who knew the vendors and her way around the market, I had a great experience and look forward to venturing to the market on my own the next time I am in Paris. Our guide was great haggling
prices for us in French and helping us use our time wisely by taking us to the booths that we were interested in. We left the market with our arms filled with treasures.
Deanna R (Friday, 27 January 2017 09:38)
Did a number of tours in Paris. This by far was my most favorite. If I could give more than 5 stars I would. The guide confirmed my pick up time and took me to the most amazing flea market. She was
extremely knowledgeable as to which shops to visit...there are a ton of them and the place is a maze. You have to take this tour if you go to Paris!!!!
Kay C (Wednesday, 11 January 2017 09:43)
We had a great time with Solène at our Gien ceramic painting class. She has great knowledge, a keen artistic sense and can discuss all aspects of living in, visiting or touring La France. A very
knowledgable guide who is very pleasant to talk with. We enjoyed our time together and came away with a nice souvenir to remember it all.
Dave B (Wednesday, 14 December 2016 14:10)
"This was my second tour this year with Solene Colas and both tours were “over the top”!! Her knowledge of the area in which you visit is impressive. She has an excellent personality that will make
you think you have known her “forever”. I would recommend Solene to anyone wanting a personal tour or small groups of up to 10 people. Nice lady!!!"
Carol (Monday, 05 December 2016 10:39)
Solene was terrific! While this is touted to be a food tour best candy, bread, pastry, coffee in the area, since we were the only couple on this particular day, Solene accommodated our interests. As
art is our main interest, she took us to a flea market that we never would have found on our own, took us to artisan workshop areas, and taught us about the French and European standard and quality
certificates found on shop windows. She was most personable and generous with her time, staying as long as possible before her next tour. We definitely gained from her knowledge. Highly recommended!
Bernita and Claire (Tuesday, 01 November 2016 13:28)
We took the class at Gien and it was a highly informative and special experience. Solène has a superior knowledge of both contemporary and historic table settings and etiquette. The 2 hours flew by
as we were guided to recreate what we had learned into our own table designs. It was a lot of laughs and we had a great time. If you are interested in this topic, you will get so much out of it and
we ended with tea and treats in a private room at the lovely Gien store. Thanks to Solène out tables will look much more refined and glam!
Mary W (Monday, 31 October 2016 19:03)
What a great time! My guide was so kind and knowledgeable. I gave her a list of things I liked and she was able to find individual items I loved. So glad I did a tour- I would have gotten lost and
not have found the places I wanted to see. You need a guide your first time in the St Ouen flea market. The four hours I spent there flew by. I don't usually shop that long. Also included a coffee
break in a delightful restaurant.
Geoffrey F (Tuesday, 04 October 2016 11:51)
About Art Nouveau walking tour
We absolutely loved this tour and the guide it was above our expectations , in 2 hrs we got a great feel of Paris and some of the beautiful buildings wonderful department stores !!
We would recommend this as a must do if visiting but do it on arrival so you get a feel for this part of Paris should be on the must do list
Kellie Jo Falk (Monday, 12 September 2016 09:29)
My husband and I wanted to go to the flea market while in Paris but knew we couldn't do it alone, so we hired Solene to guide us through the massive 15 acres of 2000 shops. She asked us prior about
our interests so that she could take us to those specific shops. We had 4 hours to see as much as we could and couldn't have done without her help. We will be back and will hire Solene again, but
next time for more days!
Colleen (Wednesday, 03 August 2016 09:03)
Solene, my guide and I began our tour by going into the Gare Saint Lazare where she explained its special features.
In Mollard's, a traditional Parisian brasserie, we enjoyed coffee and conversation.
On Boulevard Haussmann we saw two examples of designer shopping combined with art nouveau architectural styles. Printemps and Galeries Lafayette have rooftop viewing areas and glass domes.
We finished our tour by visiting a bank. What a building!
Tara (Monday, 04 July 2016 09:19)
Tour guide Solean was awesome!! Got to see lots of hidden gems we would have NEVER happened upon without the tour! Just wonderful!
Jude (Tuesday, 19 April 2016 13:54)
I thoroughly enjoyed my afternoon with Solène. As my workshop was on a Monday, there was only me, and I had the opportunity to discuss all things French whilst painting my plate. We began with a
short video on the history of Gien, and then spend the rest of the afternoon painting and chatting. I have my small plate as a momento, and recommend this activity for anyone wanting something a
little different to do, especially as the approach is very personal and it is a pleasure to chat to Soléne. Painting talent is not really required, and there is help if you require it to mix and
select colours. If using the Metro, I recommend St Lazare, as you are walking straight onto the street, and is more direct.
Joanne K (Saturday, 16 April 2016 17:06)
About Bastille area walking tour
This tour was great. The guide Solene was both knowledgeable and friendly , from seeing the back alleys and having coffee and pastries, visiting the Marche D'Aligre along with all the different art
along the walk made this one of the best experiences I've had....I would highly recommend this tour.
Seamus M (Monday, 22 February 2016 10:10)
Thanks for such a great tour!! Here is one of the greatest views we were able to have!!!
CECILLE (Sunday, 29 November 2015 10:40)
It was my first time to travel alone and I am really glad that I had Solene as my tour guide. She made an effort to know my interests and took me to places that I would like to see.
Paris is beautiful. I love it. And I love Solene. :)
Thank you for the wonderful time!
Kate Hunt (Wednesday, 25 November 2015 10:15)
We thoroughly enjoyed the Art Nouveau walking tour with Solène as our guide. The hidden gems like the bank and the family owned bistrot were highlights and Solène was a friendly and informative
guide. We look forward to our next visit. Many thanks.
Chris N (Monday, 19 October 2015 13:44)
Chris N (USA), about Montmartre bread & pastry walking tour
"My husband and I took a tour of Montmartre with Solène, she was very knowledgeable of the area and took us to several pastry shops/boulangeries, in addition to Sacre Coeur. This was a walking tour
through the beautiful and quaint district of Montmartre. We sampled pastries, learned about the art of bread making, we were delighted by the history of the area and thoroughly enjoyed our time spent
with Solène. It was a beautiful and interesting tour which we would highly recommend for those interested in learning more about French culture".
Gillian (Sunday, 18 October 2015 11:11)
Solène conducted the tour in a highly professional yet friendly and enjoyable way. I was given an insight into Paris that I would not have had otherwise. As a lover of art nouveau I found the tour to
be well worth it. Thank you so much Solène.
Pink (Tuesday, 06 October 2015 10:07)
Pink (Hong Kong) about Art Nouveau walking tour
"Never has such an idea about the making of ceramic, but after attended to this workshop and review of the Gien's history, I have a better understanding of it now.
The painting part is fun and memorable, just go if you enjoy ceramic-painting.
The location is easy to find, at the centre of Paris, you might spend some time to walk around the neighbourhood".
Cathleen Camann (Saturday, 26 September 2015 21:29)
Visiting Paris I had many adventures! One was a painting class at the Gien store with Solene. I was her only student and we had the best time! She is a warm, friendly, knowledgeable gal who you feel
you've known forever! We also did a brocante tour on a Saturday for 3 hours. She was a great guide who knew many of the dealers. I even reconnected with an antique dealer [a friend of Solene's] I met
and purchased sterling silver from 15 years ago. I would recommend anyone going to Paris to get in touch with Solene [A Journey in Paris] and enjoy her and all of her tours! I hope we can keep in
touch and I know she will be part of my next visit to Paris!
Harry Henderson (Friday, 18 September 2015 17:43)
I am pleased to recommend highly Solene Colas as a guide. She is clearly knowledgeable, but engages in real conversation rather than just reciting facts. She made the story of the Gare Saint Lazare,
its hotel, and the way foreign tourists experienced it many years ago quite vivid. She wove Art Nouveau into the fabric of an elegant bistro and the world famous Galeries Lafayette and Printemps
department stores, and more. Very enjoyable.
Clark C (USA) (Monday, 17 August 2015 12:07)
Clark C (USA), about Art Nouveau walking tour
The tour changed how we saw Paris. We started by learning about the architecture of the train station. Then we went to a beautifully preserved art nouveau brasserie. As we enjoyed a cup of coffee,
Solene, our fabulous tour guide, pointed out the art nouveau elements that surrounded us. We then ascended to see spectacular glass domes at the top of two art nouveau buildings. Our guide took us
behind the scenes to see how they were built. We climbed up even further and were rewarded by a breathtaking rooftop view of Paris. As we soaked in the views Solene pointed out architectural
hightlights around the city. Solene was everything you want in a tour guide: knowledgeable, engaging, and conversational. She answered our questions not only about architecture but also about the
best places to eat and about secret places away from tourists and crowds. If you are interested in architecture or even if you're not don't hesitate to book this tour!
Vipavee (Bangkok, Thailand) (Thursday, 13 August 2015 06:17)
My boyfriend and I took a short tour in Montmartre which was very impressive by an easy-to-understand explanation and a very good English! We have tasted Baguette from the best boulangerie in Paris
as well as Sacre Coeur. If I have a chance to come back, I'll try to take another tour with them again.
Peter H (Thursday, 23 July 2015 09:44)
Peter H (USA), about Eiffel Tower area walking tour
An excellent tour that I felt really gave insight into the way normal Parisians live, as well as highlighting some of the best things about Paris and France in general. The guide was fantastic and
very knowledgable about all of the areas we visited and was more than willing to discuss daily life in France with me we had a great chat about life in France vs the United States where I am from.
Highly recommend taking this tour for a balanced look at life in Paris and some beautiful sites as well.
Carrie N (Thursday, 23 July 2015 09:41)
Carrie N (USA), about Art Nouveau walking tour
This tour was great! We saw many things we never would have in own. Our guide was knowledgable,friendly, and flexible. I love the rooftop views-we would have completely missed this view of Paris. A
great way to learn-highly recommend.
Laurie M (Friday, 19 June 2015 18:52)
Laurie M (Canada), about Art Nouveau Walking tour
Solène was a wonderful guide for les arts nouveaux. She made the area come alive like as if we were arriving for the World Exposition. The hidden gems in the area are breath taking. You would never
guess that the large glass domes and the intricate tile work were just around the corner. Beautiful!
John F (Tuesday, 02 June 2015 09:30)
John F, about Art Nouveau walking tour
Solene,my guide and the founder of A Journey in Paris, did a fabulous job. Solene is multilingual, a Paris resident and well traveled in France. She is a great resource as well as a wonderful guide.
I highly recommend her tours!
Joel Kleiner (Thursday, 28 May 2015 20:44)
Joel (USA), about Eiffel Tower area walking tour
This is a great tour, the best one we did in Paris last week. May 22, 2015 We met our tour guide, Solene, perfectly on time. We spoke for a few minutes and walked to the Rodin Museum. It was a fairly
quick visit, but we enjoyed our time there and we viewed amazing sculptures, like the Thinker. This is world class! I did not take notes, but rather many photos, as that is my love. We visited the
famous Veterans Hospital and Chapel, and learned more interesting French history. Afterwards we walked to a very special cheese shop and tasted delicious cheese, that Solene bought and gave us to
take back, to further enjoy in our hotel. We walked to a district with great food shops and we had coffee in a wonderful cafe, tasty pastry as well as bread.. Eventually we walked to the Eiffel Tower
and learned all about this very historical area, as well as the origin of probably the most visited structure on earth. This was or best tour, as our guide was so friendly, knowledgeable and
personable. Coincidentally we ran in to Solene later that day as she was guiding a private tour. Solene found us, in the midst of the busty City of Lights, as we where walking near the Paris Opera
House. The is a very special tour with a very, very special person and tour guide.
Lindsey (UK) (Monday, 04 May 2015 14:19)
Lindsey (UK) about Art Nouveau Walking tour, 2015
A thoroughly enjoyable tour taking in some stunning sights. Solene, our guide, was interesting, informative and able to use her local knowledge to show us areas we would never have found alone. The
mosaic filled Art Nouveau brasserie and vibrant glass domes were highlights. Excellent!
Jazz (USA) (Monday, 04 May 2015 14:17)
Jazz (USA), about "Gien painting class", 2015 :
"My husband and I only had two days in Paris for Valentines Day. We chose this painting class as one of our many activities. It certainly did not disappoint! Solène was wonderfully helpful, kind, and
knowledgeable. We cannot recommend this highly enough not only did we get an off the beaten path experience, but two unique souvenirs and an amazing memory. Truly one of the highlights of our trip
and something that we will be talking about for years."
Dave (Canada) (Monday, 04 May 2015 14:16)
Dave (Canada), about "Art Nouveau walking tour in Paris", 2015:
"This tour was amazing!"
Clare (USA) (Monday, 04 May 2015 14:15)
Clare (USA), about "Eiffel Tower area walking tour", 2015:
"This was an outstanding outing. My husband, and two daughters 10 and 14 thoroughly enjoyed the leisurely walk. All of the sights were wonderful, but the best part of the tour was the chance to visit
shops and cafes that are frequented by Parisians. Our guide was wonderful! She was informative and knowledgeable. We really felt special. I recommend this highly for a charming, leisurely outing."
Sherrel (USA) (Monday, 04 May 2015 14:13)
Sherrel (USA), about "Bastille area lifestyle & food walking tour", May 2015 :
"This tour was incredible! I highly recommend it to both first time visitors to Paris as well as those who have visited before. My guide was professional, knowledgeable, and enthusiastic about the
areas and shops we visited. I learned many new things about Paris!"