When people ask me about my trip to Paris I start my story with, "Can you imagine that you are in a Parisienne artist's home and studio to have a discussion of creativity and take a watercolor lesson?" The interaction with the denizens of Paris sets this tour apart from any other tour I've taken or read about. Loved Lane's focus on stimulating all our senses with activities and access that we never would have found on our own. Her research is impeccable and her manner is easy and participative. The day is carefree for the five of us that are lucky enough to be touring with her.
—Leslie (New Mexico)
Being guided by Lane through obscure buildings, wonderful sanctuaries, and less traveled by-ways in Paris was a great pleasure. We spent an entire day exploring the Marais where our wanderings took us to Place des Vosges and the Jewish quarter. Along the way, Lane, a font of knowledge, entertained us with tales of murder and intrigue. We tasted Eastern European pastries, unforgettable paté de foie gras, and excellent croissants. Lane soon became much more than a guide—she’s a witty, charming narrator of the many stories of this fantastic area.
We engaged Lane to give us a guided tour of things that are not the usual touristy places. Having been to Paris before, it was important to go through neighborhoods and get a real feel for the city. Lane met us at our hotel and we spent 12 hours walking and talking and eating and taking in the sights I had not seen before. We walked over 9 miles yet it seemed like we were just strolling. It was easy and comfortable and we had a memorable day. Lane is an excellent Francophile and we had the best time. It was worth every penny and she hit it out of the park!
I loved my week with Paris Off Script. It's the tour to take if you want to feel you're a part of Paris. With Lane's experience from years of traveling there, we navigated the city like locals. From walking tours of the beautiful neighborhoods, to a food walk with a chef and cookbook author, to wine tasting with a local merchant, and a chef's table multi-course dinner just for us, it was a week-long love affair with Paris. I'm still smiling thinking of the great time I had!
You have been to Paris. You've seen the Eiffel Tower and the Louvre, relaxed in the Tuileries, and explored the Left Bank. Now it is time to organize a few friends and try Paris Off Script. You will stay in a cozy hotel in a comfortable neighborhood, walk and take the metro to new places in a city you thought you knew, meet interesting Parisians, eat well, and try some things you are not likely to find on your own. Lane is the perfect host. She has developed a network of friends who will give you a new appreciation of your favorite city.
During our visit, we met an artist in her atelier for a hands-on session with watercolors; learned about local foods from a delightful blogger; learned about and tasted French wines from a local expert; and spent an evening at the chef’s table in a restaurant kitchen enjoying many dishes with the chef as our guide. Along the way, we visited parks and neighborhoods completely new to us on walks that were delightful, enlightening, and entertaining. The trip was wonderful and unique.
—D.B. (New Mexico)
Lane guided us to the small town near Paris where Van Gogh spent his last days. We would have never found this gem had it not been for Lane’s expertise in navigating the metro and train station. Our day was well spent in this charming village, paying homage to the great artist. We were delighted with the Absinthe Museum and a grand chateau above the town. This day will go down as a favorite among my many travels, and Lane made it all possible. Adventures await you with Lane as your guide!
We go to Paris every year and have spent a lot of time there. Last time we went we asked Lane what was new, and she directed us to a spectacular new exhibit. It was unforgettable! We’ll never go back to Paris without checking with Lane first! Elle connaît tout!
If you are looking for a new way to see Paris, then Paris Off Script may be exactly what you are looking for. Lane Rosenthal has created an "experience tour" of Paris. It is all about experiencing the sights, sounds, smells, and tastes of Paris. You actually meet and talk to Parisians and hear their stories as they share their passions and their communities. I have been to Paris many times and this was the first time I really saw and understood why the people who live there are so proud of their own arrondissements. Thank you again, Lane, for such a wonderful time.
I LOVED the Montmartre market walk. Your choice of lunch restaurants was great. I'll never forget the bowl of chocolate mousse, never!!! The hotel was merveilleux!!! Loved the room.
—Julianne (New Mexico)
Reality exists through the emotions and eyes of individuals. I’m not sure I’ve ever seen Paris the way you [Lane] describe. Your travel companions are lucky to have you sharing and helping them see Paris.
—S.D. (Strasbourg, France)
The trip certainly lived up to the expectation of seeing a more in-depth Paris. I loved the trip.