About a month and a half before we left for Paris, I received a lovely email from a blog reader and Parisian named Laurence. We corresponded a bit (in both French and English!), and Laurence told me about a small business she had recently launched to help visitors plan their trips to Paris. Part of her business also offers walking tours through the city — in both well known areas, and lesser known — and Joe and I happily accepted her offer to take us on a walk. Even with a few trips under our belt, there is still SO much of Paris we haven’t seen, and as a life long Parisian, Laurence was the perfect person to show us around the less touristed parts of the city.
She sent us a bunch of options, all of which sounded incredible, but in the end, we chose a walk through the 13th and 14th arrondissements, through the neighborhoods of Plaisance, Montsouris, and Butte aux Cailles, all located in the southernmost part of Paris.We wanted to see a totally different side of the city – something beyond the grand boulevards and the Haussman buildings — and that sums up this area perfectly!