Paris Walking Tour au Flaneur
He’s known as your American friend in Paris but he’s better than that; a New Yorker who has been reborn in France as smoothly as he sings the nightclub classics. You could not have a more breezily entertaining guide.
-Martin Walker, The Bruno, Chief of Police series
Flaneur: a detached pedestrian observer of a metropolis, a “gentleman stroller of city streets”, first identified by Charles Baudelaire.
Paris is not just the most beautiful and most romantic city in the world it is a state of mind. Savor every moment of your time in the City of Light, especially those unexpected pleasures that lurk around every corner as you lift your head skyward and discover a bas-relief or watercolor painting one flight above the ground on a building you had passed before without noticing.
I invite you to join me for a Paris walking tour au flaneur as we wend our way from one side of Seine beginning with a discussion of the importance of the café in Parisian life and the luminaries like Sartre, de Beauvoir, Camus, Juliette Greco and Miles Davis who filled them to the other, pausing to enjoy the obvious (the Louvre) and the slightly hidden (passage Vivienne.)
In our travels we will meet the wine merchants, galeristes, restaurateurs and eccentric personalities who have become my friends and will give you a warm welcome to the neighborhood.
A day of guerrilla theater with me as director and you as an actor whose unique observations and impressions add a texture and spontaneity to our script.
Among our Right Bank stops will be the courtyards of the Louvre, the Palais Royal and gardens, Les Halles, and many more.
Tour Duration: 10AM-3PM (estimated), no-host lunch
Host: Terrance Gelenter
1 person 250 euros
2-3 Persons 350 euros
Price: 4-6 persons 500 euros
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The tour was awesome, merci. Gina & Sydney DeVito
We then spent a day with Terrance, walking Paris. It was the day after his birthday and he was, amazingly, still able to show a wonderful side of Paris. We saw where he was moving too and learned so much about the man himself. It was a delightful day and one we keep hoping to repeat sometime soon. Joyce Shor Johnson
The wise-cracking, entertaining Terrance Gelenter, a former New Yorker who’s a cross between a tour guide and a stand-up comic who looks and dresses the part of a Parisian was our guide in Paris. His tours are filled with lots of anecdotes about Paris life and he often interrupts his walks to say “bonjour” to the many French celebrities he knows and who frequent the Paris cafes of which the fast-talking American has become an expert.
“Paris’ café culture dates back to the 19th century and Hemingway popularized them with tourists in his writings,” Gelenter tells our small group outside the famous Café Les Deux Magots in the St. Germain des Pres area. “If you come into a café two days in a row, they’ll know your name and what you drink.
“A smile and a bonjour will get you a lot in a Paris café,” he tells us. Terrance has been known to regale his clients with a sampling of his favourite love songs – his rendition of Tony Bennett classics is most entertaining.
“I love my job because it allows me to show people the real Paris and not the one that’s been planned out for them in a guidebook,” says Terrance over a glass of wine in a classic French restaurant where everyone knows him – he even gets the owner/chef to take us to the room’s ancient wine cellar for a private viewing.
We had a wonderful day touring with you today. Debra Laws
Greetings Terrance, You escorted my wife Gayle and I on the most memorable street tour in Paris of which we will never forget and talk of often. As you know better than any of us; once you go to Paris once you must go again. When we do we will walk again with you.
Best Regards, –Conley Roaseau, SF, CA
As longtime subscribers to the Paris Through Expatriate Eyes newsletter, The Paris Insider, we knew that the Paris au Flaneur program would be an illuminating way to prepare ourselves to discover and enjoy Paris on our own–we just didn’t know that it would be so entertaining.
Thank you very much, we certainly enjoyed sharing our day with you. Lovely food and very much enjoyed the Marais area and we were so lucky with the weather. We had a lovely evening strolling around the Marais in such pleasant conditions. Also thank you for the photos you emailed
Our host Terrance Gelenter combines the journalist’s eye for detail and subtext and the film critic’s knowledge of cinematic Paris, accompanied by the saloon singer’s ability to sing a few bars of songs, in French and English, inspired by Paris –imagine that you are in one of Hollywood’s great musicals about Paris. – Philip Knowlton & Suzanne Fitzgerald
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Terri & Kathy from Colorado tasting at La Dernière Goutte
Deb & Ken, Shreveport, LA
The Kupps party from San Jose with Jonathan at the Goutte.