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Jul 27, 2008 09:35 AM

A Cook's Sunday in Paris

I will be in Paris for just 15 hours on August 31. I am going on a cruise that stops in Le Havre and I am planning to make the trip into Paris.

I've been to Paris once before and would like to focus this trip around food, particularly cooking and markets. I am worried about the time going by so quickly. Since I don't speak French, I'm worried about losing my way and missing things.

I'm thinking about hiring my own tour guide to show me around on a specialized tour like this. Does that seem like a good idea? Any recommendations on guides?

Thanks so much for your help.

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  1. You can find here details of Paris' markets including which are open on a Sunday:

    I'm afraid I don't know anything about guides, but I hope someone else can help more than I can.

    Paris on a Sunday can be quite difficult, as lots of things are shut, shops particularly, but some restaurants are open.

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    1. re: chochotte


      I wanted to let you know that in the end, I met Julien, a food blogger and writer from http://www.julotlespinceaux.com for our Paris food tour. He was a gracious host -- who met us at the Eiffel Tour with croissants to kick off the day. He took us to a market, bakery, cheese shop, wine shop. He had lots of information and ideas about the real cook's Paris. I highly recommend him and am so glad I found him on this board.

    2. Rachel Kaplan at www.frenchlinks.com is an American who's lived in Paris for the past 25 years, and offers custom tours as well as preplanned ones.

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      1. re: ChefJune

        Thanks for the tip Chef June. Have you been on one of her tours?

        Unfortunately, at $1000 a halfday, these might be out of my price range.

        1. re: gochrisgo

          I have. Contact her anyway, there may be some leeway.

          Another idea might be to contact Le Cordon Bleu and see if there is a student who might be able and available to show you around. not sure at all what that would cost.

          1. re: gochrisgo

            on sundays, you should check out the market at the bastille.
            another idea for a guide is through context tours: http://www.contexttravel.com/paris/
            they have a lot of private tours they can arrange - i work for them (not doing the food tours, though), and they have a lot of great guides.

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