Review - Interkultur: Quality Guided Tours
At this point, I've been on upwards of 25 walking tours in my life. Some of them good, some of them bad. But it's rare to find one that is unique and stands out amongst the others.
When I first discovered Interkultur Tours I was amazed at the variety of tours offered. Paris street art tours, a tour covering the history of the French Revolution, and even a tour on my favorite subject, food (duh). Paris is a huge city with lots of history, and the list of tours goes on and on. We made arrangements to have a tour with Thierry, the owner of the company, through the courtyards and alleyways of the Bastille neighborhood, focusing on the artisan culture that once existed and exploring the busy modern day streets.
We emerged from the Metro on a beautiful, sunny day in early March to find the bustling Marché Bastille where we met up with Thierry and started on our way. When we arrived at our first stop, we were all floored. Thierry took us behind what was seemingly a normal door, but hiding behind it was one of the most charming courtyards you can possibly imagine. We strolled through this courtyard, and other similar ones, while listening to Thierry recall stories from the early 18th century and the French Revolution.
We learned about the traditional artisan culture that once existed in the streets of Bastille, and with the help of our tour guide, discovered that the artisan culture is still alive and well if you know where to look for it! Thierry took us to meet a woodworker (with the wonderfully cliché name Francoise) who invited us into his work shop and gave us a glimpse of his projects. It was amazing to such an authentic side of Bastille, beyond all the modern shops and restaurants, that we would not have been able to discover on our own!
We absolutley loved the casual vibe that Thierry had during the tour. If something sparked our insterest, he changed course so we could explore and did his best to answer all of our questions (and there were a lot!). Instead of lecturing us for a few hours, it was more like a guided walk with someone who could provide anecdotes to bring the history of the neighborhood alive.
Interkultur offers so many unique tours that all show you different and off-the-touristy-path sides of Paris. There is definitely something for everyone. You can arrange a private tour or even tag along to one of their group tours!
Check out the video of our tour and book yours for your next trip to Paris! You will not be disappointed!