Work has been so busy lately I haven’t found myself reading blogs much, let alone updating my own blog by any means (but let’s not kid ourselves I barely write any way).
But I have been wanting to share one of my favorite parts of my trip to Paris I took at the end of May, my Paris Running Tour!
I got it in my head that I wanted to do a running tour while there and good old google led me to the site. Then as I was perusing I stumble across their blog reviews and see Ashley! I chatted with her and was sold.
I booked the 9 mile tour to be able to see as much as possible. I believe there was actually one longer but I thought 9 miles would be plenty!
While I was in Paris it was really warm - basically 90 and above the entire trip. The good news was the humidity wasn't high so while running was definitely a sweaty affair you didn't have to battle the humidity as well.
Jean-Charles met me at my hotel at 8:30am and after a quick introduction and overview we were off!
I must mention - he is quite the accomplished and speedy runner and almost felt bad at our trotting along :)
Most importantly he is a HUGE wealth of knowledge on the history of Paris. I was trying to take in all the details and nuggets of information he had to share. I am a lover of history so I couldn't get enough. I especially enjoyed him showing me all the hidden/rediscovered Roman walls. I find it fascinating that today they are still finding remnants.
We did a great loop of the city. And when done Jean-Charles left me with a booklet of information to refer back to.
Since I had been in the city for a few days prior it was nice to have my bearings of where we were so I was able to really listen to the historical significance associated and also pick up the details that no guidebook would tell you!
Another great thing - especially for the solo traveler is that Jean-Charles brings along a camera for you, is more than accommodating at taking photos at various sites and then shares all the photos via dropbox.
Another really cool highlight was when he was giving me an overview on these chairs in the garden that have headphone jacks so you can plug in and hear music - and the artist creating them, was right there!
Overall, it was a really unique experience and worth every single dollar spent. I am not one for paying for tours typically - but would hands down do it again. Although I might be running the Paris marathon after we spent so much time chatting about it (and due to the fact that I fell in love with Paris in general - it is a really lovely city).
If you find yourself in Paris, 100% do it! It was also a lot of stopping vs continuous running - at least in my case because I was so interested in learning - so not an overly strenuous run even though we covered a good bit of distance.
Some pictures from the day!
And now, this makes me want to head back to Paris right away!