Paul Montague from Sydney
Had I not taken Virginia’s “A Moveable Feast” walking tour on my first visit to Paris, 10 years ago, I doubt whether I would have ever returned. I had enjoyed my stay, but at the same time I felt something was lacking. I felt I was enjoying only postcard views of the city, I wanted something deeper! I found that “something deeper” on my second last day during Virginia’s walk. There were four of us. Starting at Les Deux Magots, we walked and talked our way through the Left Bank, Virginia bringing the Hemingway period and characters to life with her stories. Her ability to access private courtyards and gardens, showing us hidden history and beauty was fascinating. It was an emboldening and life changing experience for me. Since then, I have returned to Paris each year, I just love walking the city, for me, it is not the icons that make Paris, it is the small things, off the tourist path, and Virginia’s knowledge of these is endless. In my 10 years of visits, I have enjoyed and learnt so much from her walking tours, such as, the Marais, Montmartre and the unforgettable Pere Lachaise.