Paris by Night Tour

For real y'all, I'm gonna post about Paris now...

When Van and I visit a new city, we like to take some sort of small group tour. Like the time we took the Holocaust tour through Amsterdam, or the belly bursting Taste of Prague tour, or even our small sailing group from Mykonos. We've never been travellers who like to take the big group tours. They seem so impersonal. And while the smaller group tours are more expensive, I think they usually are worth every extra penny!

While in Paris, we decided to do something a little out of the ordinary. Still a small group tour, actually, the smallest group we had ever had....just Van and I. While searching for tours in Paris, I came across Cedric's CV Tours, which had outstanding reviews. So I emailed the company and booked us in for the night tour. The tour would be conducted from a vintage Citroen CV complete with a bottle of champagne for Van and and I to share throughout the 2 hour tour!

Cedric met us at a predetermined bar since we were slightly out of the center zones of Paris (we stayed in Montmartre). Unfortunately, the main tour car, Laura, was sick that night and Cedric had to get her backup, Louise, in shape before picking us up to begin. Of course, we weren't bothered by the change! Actually, I think it really opened us up for the tour...Van was a mile a minute with questions about the car and what kind of engine, blah blah blah....man talk.

Cedric and "Laura"
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"Louise"
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So after we got settled into the car, we took off for our tour of Paris at night. And let me tell you, Paris is a stunner at night. Everything is lit up and just absolutely sparkles. The tour took us past the most famous sights in Paris and some not so famous. I was so happy we booked this tour because as I was sick, it was the perfect way to see the sights-not walking and cozied up in a car!

We stopped in front of Palais Garnier which was buzzing with opera patrons ready for the show. It was gorgeous and made me wish that I had booked us in for a ballet performance, or really anything! Cedric explained to us that there is actually a "lake"(basically a reservoir) underneath the structure. If I had ever been a Phantom of the Opera fan, I may have known this, but as I am not this was news to me! Cedric is a firefighter by day and said that they actually have some underwater training for firefighters here....Interesting!



We kept on driving through Paris. Seriously, writing this now, it feels like it was straight out of a movie. Do you ever have those moments when you are thinking about your travels and you think...wow, that really happened. I really was there!! Amazing. Ok, anyway, we hit up a few more sights and learned a little history at each....including, the Vendome Column (which is being refurbished), the Louvre and the Bibliotheque Mazarine.





Our goal was to make it to the Eiffel Tower for the light display, which kicks off on the hour, every hour. On the way, Cedric took us to a very well preserved medieval like area in Paris. Rue Chanoinesse, I believe, was the street we went down. Being in our tiny little car we were able to make it down the tiny little streets. I think that is what is missing in Paris for me....the tiny windy streets that you don't mind getting lost in. Sure, Montmartre does have a bit of that but not like many other European cities that I love.

Anyway, we passed Notre Dame and headed towards the Eiffel. We passed so many things and learned so much.


And then we made it to the Eiffel. I was so excited because we hadn't made by the landmark yet due to my mystery illness and I was hoping it would be a romantic occasion. Well.....there is hoping and then there is reality. As soon as we stopped, Van asked Cedric to 'pop the hood' on the car....he had to get a look at the engine. What?! Oh, Van. Get it together. Geesh.


Just look at these two.....ruining my dream romantic moment :)


How do you capture the Eiffel Tower? It's hard. Selfies are even harder (selfie stick would be key here). But no matter what, it is a stunner. I loved just standing there and taking it all in. sparkly light show and all.






Such a beauty...

Other places we visited were Les Invalides, Champs Elysees, Arc du Triomphe, Grand Palais and Petit Palais and many more. We even drove through the 12 way roundabout around the Arc du Triomphe. Score!




I love this Place de la Concorde trifecta....the Luxor Obelisk, the Fountain and the Eiffel Tower. Le Sigh.


After the amazing night, Cedric dropped us off at our apartment and we said our goodbyes. I think there was a little bit of a bromance brewing on MY date night. Haha! The tour was just what we needed on this adventure in Paris. Cedric speaks perfect English...I actually thought he was American when we first met! But alas, he is a very handsome French firefighter. So this little tour is perfect for a date night (the men will love the car) and even for a girls night!


If you are looking for a tour with some sparkle and fizz, you have found it here with Cedric's Paris. He even offers other day time tours that I would love to return and take. And get ready to feel like a celebrity....people will be snapping pictures of you cruising down the street in this sweet little ride. And if you are wondering, we paid full price for the tour....no advertising here....we just loved this tour and you need to take it!!

Thanks Cedric for a fab night in Paris :)

Linking up with Treasure Tromp for Treat Yo'self Thursday

27 comments

  1. oh my goodness. this tour has everything i could ever want out of a tour!! such a neat idea because the main sights are a little spread out if you want to walk/metro to all of them. plus this way you get to see so much more simply driving around. and the 12 way roundabout always terrified me just watching drivers maneuver it haha.

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  2. This is SUCH an amazing idea for a business. I saw the photo package tour and immediately emailed my photographer friend about it. I'm about to send the link to my boyfriend too, because that night tour is a great and romantic way to see the city. Thanks for sharing :)

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  3. Laura and Louise are both vintage beauties! And Van has great taste for a bromance because Cedric (wolf whistles), haha! What a great tour for beautiful picture opportunities!

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  4. Ah I had a giggle about the bromance. But can you really blame Van? Cedric looks like quite the dreamy Frenchman... and a firefighter on top of that! Swoon. Love the pictures, especially the one with the car and the Eiffel tower in the background :)

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  5. Yeah if he's gonna have a bromance, it might as well be a dreamy Frenchman!! It was dreamy night all around haha ;)

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  6. Yeah I had to whistle in my head haha!! The tour was pretty much perfect and I was so surprised at how much my husband enjoyed it!

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  7. Omg doesn't the photo package tour look incredible? It definitely was a romantic way to see the city, although I think my husband was very much obsessed with the car rather than me haha! Oh well. at least he enjoyed it :)

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  8. I was so excited and nervous to go into the roundabout. It was terribly imtimidating and I would never attempt it! The tour was amazing and I couldn't get over how much we saw in such a short period of time....we checked all of the boxes :)

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  9. What a COOL car! I love interesting tours like this, so difficult to find.... ha I'm loving the bromance.

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  10. Wow!! This sounds like such a magical experience! Paris at night is my absolute favorite. It really defines breathtaking! It looks like you really experienced it to the fullest :)

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  11. What a unique way to the city. I honestly got nervous when I saw the picture of the boys looking under the hood- I thought you broke down and missed the tower! Clearly, I am one of those people that looks at the picture before reading the text.

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  12. I am the same way :) It was such a cool experience....but I definitely wasn't feeling the romance with the hubby, he was far too concerned with the engine haha!!

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  13. What a great way to see the city, it looks beautiful! And that picture of the boys looking at the car haha love it.

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  14. Lovely photos (as usual)! Taking a small tour of each place you visit is a great idea. I'll be doing that from now on!

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  15. This sounds like an amazing tour, I will have to add it to my list when I go back!

    xx Kelly
    Sparkles and Shoes

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  16. I went to Paris years ago and was left completely uninspired but this post and another I read recently have made me think I really need to give the city a second chance. I want to do a CV tour!! Your photos are lovely - did you get much opportunity to take them from the car?

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  17. I loved Paris so much more at night....it really gave me the traveller butterflies :)

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  18. Thanks :) It was such an awesome experience!!

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  19. Aren't they funny?! So much for the romance :)

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  20. Thanks! I love taking a small tour and getting to know more about life as a local in the places that we visit!

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  21. To be honest, I really wasn't impressed with Paris but this tour was the saving grace on the trip. We really both enjoyed it and got to see all of the sights without the stress of getting to each of them. Most of the pictures are from the car! Luckily the top was down, so I was able to get some while driving. But Cedric was great and would just stop the car and let me take pictures!

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  22. This reminds me so much of a scene from Midnight in Paris where Owen Wilson's character hops into a beautiful old car with Scott and Zelda Fitzgerald and they zoom around Paris meeting up with other fabulous literary figures.

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  23. I really felt like we were in a movie. It was such a surreal experience!!

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