Posts Tagged ‘New Europe’

That’s the End of that Chapter

Thursday, August 4th, 2011

So I quit my job. Yes, I only did it for a few weeks, however within those few weeks I managed to be placed in very uncomfortable situations that made me look like a fool and I don’t like that. The management stuffed me around, was rude and generally incomprehensible so I had enough. So I have handed in my notice and I am no longer a tour guide. Sad, but true. What this has given me is a new interest in French history AND a new desire to write. Up until now I have been very slack with my writing but while taking groups of tourists around and providing them with some very ordinary stories about Paris, I realised that I am a better story teller than that and I could do more. So I will.

Tour Number Two

Thursday, July 28th, 2011

My second attempt at tour guiding took place on Saturday and was far more successful than the first. Always nice when things improve. Half way through the tour a very black and evil sky approached us from over the Tuilleries.

Black sky

Yipes.

We managed to make it to the half way point where we sit in Starbucks and McDonalds for 20 minutes while people stand in the queue to use the facilities. Then it poured. Perfect timing.

Rain in Paris

Phew.

Day 1.

Thursday, July 21st, 2011

I took my first ‘Free’ tour today. It went ok – it was a big group, it rained, an American family took forever to use the toilet… I managed to come away with some moolah but future tours will require me to squeeze more money out of those poor teenagers or it won’t be worth my while. It was fun and I managed to remember MOST of what I wanted to say. There were a few moments of “Umm… that guy’s name is… err….” but everyone seemed happy enough. I wasn’t supposed to start until tomorrow but was asked at the last minute to come in and cover. Tomorrow I am working again so we shall see how things go. I’m almost ready to hand in my notice… working takes up so much “walking around Paris aimlessly” time. Joking. Sort of.

New Europe

Spot me!

Meanwhile, I just discovered that I’m on their website! I’m so famous. Look at me!

Oh Yeah…

Sunday, July 17th, 2011

I forgot to mention something fairly important that has happened recently – I have been employed! I am going to start taking tourists on free three-hour walks through Paris as part of New Europe tours. So anyone planning on visiting Paris has to come on one of my tours and pay me lots of money because I will be living off the tips that I earn. I’ll give you a 10% discount – mates rates.