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Parisian Picnic in Le Marais Audio Guide

Sample the flavors of Paris on a cultural culinary stroll through Marais
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1 hour
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Marais and Place des Vosges
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Audio Guide Description
Join Andrés Medrano, a cheese geek, ex-chef, and cork dork – or sommelier, if you prefer – on a gourmet’s tour of the historic Le Marais neighborhood. You’ll visit independently owned shops and purveyors who procure traditional, handmade goods. There’s bread, pastries, cheese, charcuterie, chocolate, wine – everything you need for a Parisian picnic, including a perfect place to enjoy one at the end of our walk: Place des Vosges, the first planned square in Paris and the template for public squares across the continent.

You‘ll learn the secrets of a perfect croissant, hear Andres unpack a few easy ways to tell one cheese from another, and find out how to interpret a French wine label.

On this hour-long tour, you can stop off at:

• Tout Autour du Pain, where you‘ll learn to identify a perfect baguette from its aroma, texture, and even the sound it makes when tapped
• Jacques Genin, a chocolatier specializing in exotic flavored chocolate, pates de fruits, caramels, and ganache
• Marché des Enfants Rouges, a popular shopping spot since the 1600s
• Fromagerie Jouannault, the cheese shop run by a father-daughter team where you‘ll hear about how the different seasons impact cheese
• Caractère de Cochon, the only shop in Paris devoted exclusively to ham
• Maison Verot, where you can purchase charcuterie from a third-generation shop
• Pierre Hermé, where you can pick up a box or two of delectable macarons
• Cave Arthus et Jean, a wine store owned and operated by two childhood friends

By the end of the tour, you‘ll have all the ingredients you need for the perfect picnic, and a deeper appreciation for French gastronomy.

Meet Your Expert

Andrés has spent more than 16 years in Paris honing his culinary skills & knowledge. Starting in 2008 at the famous FERRANDI, L'école de cuisine et hôtelière, he learned the hard way the fine art of pastry & cuisine, apprenticing in noted Michelin-starred restaurants. Inspired by French cuisine, he then had the opportunity to study alongside European champion chef Olivier Boudot to discover secrets of French bread-making at the international Cordon Bleu school. Discovering a more epicurean penchant, he then left to study for the globally recognized Wine & Spirit Education Trust (WSET) Diploma, the French Wine Scholar, and the Champagne Master-Level program with the highest honors at the French Scholar Guild. He's also a Certified Wine Educator from the Society of Wine Educators. Now, armed with both the skills of a Sommelier & culinary nous, he is bringing the disciplines together as a food & wine editor, leading bespoke, fun, relaxed, ‘under the skin of the city’ tours around Paris’ independent delicatessens & vintners. He is also the co-founder of an Airbnb award-winning secret cheese cellar experience in Paris www.wetasteparis.com Join him in sharing his passion for the traditions, methods & history of arguably the finest cuisine and wine in the world.

What days and times are best to take the audio tour?
Most of the establishments we visit are open between 11am and 7pm. For the best experience, avoid Mondays and Tuesdays if possible, when some of these business are closed.

How do I access the audio guide?
Once you complete your purchase, you will receive an email with a link to stream the audio guide on the Context Travel website. You can also access your past purchases anytime under My Orders. Please ensure you are logged into your account to open the streaming page. 

Is closed captioning (i.e. subtitles) available?
Yes! All of our audio guides have the option to turn on closed captioning should you have difficulty hearing the expert.

How long does each event last?
Our recorded audio guides typically run for 75 minutes.

How can I share this audio guide with friends or family?
You are welcome to watch together with friends or family but each person viewing on their own device will need to purchase the audio guide individually.

How long does my access to the audio guide last?
Once you purchase a audio guide, you are welcome to listen it as many times as you like and your access does not expire.

What is your cancellation and refund policy?
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Can I purchase a gift card for a friend who is traveling?
Absolutely! Gift cards can be purchased here. Gift cards are good for 365 days from the date of purchase.