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Alternative Paris Tours: Rent a Local Friend

by Genevieve Sandifer
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Genevieve Sandifer

Genevieve was born in New York City and raised between London and Paris. Genevieve is part of the Haven in Paris team and is the editor of the Hip Paris blog. Unable to stay away from Paris for too long, she now splits her time between New York, Honolulu and Paris, where she keeps tabs on the Haven in Paris properties and service providers and scours the city for great bistros, cocktail bars and vintage stores. View Genevieve Sandifer's Website

7 comments on “Alternative Paris Tours: Rent a Local Friend

I purchased four hours of Rent a Local Friend based on this article for my friend’s b-day present in Paris, and we went to Viaduc des Artes with her. It was so fun and Giselle was just right. She was perfect for doing this with! My friend makes handmade furniture so the VDA idea of Giselle’s was genius. Highly recommend this service and thanks HP for the tip.

My daughter and I will be traveling to Paris for our first visit together. While both mature travelers we have not been to europe together
We are very interested in the friend idea to get us off to a great start on our trip..
Please expound..


I will be in Paris in march 2011, escorting a group of women. I would like to know about your services and how to reserve them for my clients desiring a more personal touch. Please reply to: [email protected]

Perfect! Will be in Paris end of Sept. begin of Oct. Definitely need a friend! Have been there twice in past 13 years and have not really enjoyed my own interests since I was with my husband. Have committed to myself to enjoy this beautiful city this time for what it has to offer me. REally really excited now!

Sounds perfect. Hope to make a friend for my upcoming trip this March.

oh my gosh, this is a GENIUS idea! How fun, especially if these people are as sweet and knowledgable as you describe 🙂 I would love to be a “friend” for someone visiting Portland!

Great Idea!! Hope to take you up on it sometime soon.

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