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ACTIVITY HOLIDAY GUIDE 2014


Bringing Burgundy to You’s David Hammond sharing his knowledge during a wine tasting JOIN US ON


John-Paul Fortney, an American expat who lives in Montmartre and runs Culinary Tours of Paris (www.culinarytoursofparis.com), has perfected the art of the City of Light food tour. Dynamic and affable, he loves nothing more than sharing his fi nds with visitors. As a result, Culinary Tours of Paris is currently ranked at No 16 of 426 rated Paris activities listed on TripAdvisor.com. The ‘Montmartre Moveable Feast’ tour (€100 per person, including lunch) combines three restaurant stops – for a palate- pleasing entrée, plat and dessert, all paired with wines – and allows you to discover the neighbourhood’s history and charm. The tour group is never more than eight-strong, guaranteeing a jolly experience around the table. John-Paul, who leads the tours, also offers a ‘Latin Quarter’ itinerary (€85 per person) and an ‘Aperitif’ route (€65 per person), which sheds light on the convivial apéro ritual. “John-Paul offers a unique, authentic taste of France that you’d usually only experience if you grew up here,” says Kathleen Sullivan, an expat from Washington DC. “His knowledge of Montmartre and the Latin Quarter is unmatched.


“The apéro tour in Montmartre includes more than just degustations – you’ll discover the regional specialities of Franche-Comté and Corsica, and learn about their history. At the end of the day, you don’t feel like you were on a tour at all – you feel like you were out and about with great friends, experiencing Paris as the locals do.”


THE GRAPE ESCAPE Wine tours


As the biggest wine producer in the world, France lures wine afi cionados to taste the bounty of over 300 different appellations. The country has been cloaked with vineyards since Roman times, and names like Burgundy and Bordeaux are synonymous with excellence around the world. A guided wine tour can provide insights into the country’s great wine culture, thus illuminating concepts such as terroir. Bordeaux-based Decanter


Tours (www.decantertours.com), founded by American expat Mary Dardenne, has racked up awards for its customised itineraries, which include cellar visits and tastings accompanied by your own private wine guide, meals at local bistros


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