Christie Semmens, Seine River, Saint Augustin, Van Gogh and beer taps
Auvers-sur-Oise,  Guided Walks,  Transportation

Christie Semmens’ Three Paris Suggestions

Christie Semmens, Seine River, Saint Augustin, Van Gogh and beer taps
Christie Semmens, Seine River, Saint Augustin, Van Gogh and beer taps

Often I give advice to travelers and ask them to return the favor with their experiences. Responses to that request would cover the rounded top of a straight pin. But one day I received a response from Christie Semmens of Scribbles and Smiles.

Having seen my story and photos about the Paris Photo walk at Pont Alexandre III, Christie wrote: “I’ve been searching for a photo group or photographer who offers a session with helpful instruction; to take photos and help master my Nikon camera a little more.”. She used one of my suggestions and found a perfect match for her photo tour.

Christie sent me her experience with a photo tour, a transportation company and tidbits on a day trip to Auvers-sur-Oise. Other Paris travelers may find her experiences helpful.

Christie wrote: “I just wanted to follow-up and tell you that the photo shoot with Alexander JE Bradley photo tours was perfect. I was assigned to Clara, a young professional photographer; we spent three hours together photographing and perfecting my technique and a lot of good conversation about many topics, as we strolled Paris. This was one of the best instructional sessions I’ve had in learning to better utilize my DSLR (digital single-lens reflex camera) and Clara was a delight. I highly recommend Clara, for sure.

Secondly, I used Prestige Private Transfer service; the driver met me at the arrival gate with my name blinking on his phone screen. He assisted me in lugging suitcases and delivered me to my pied-a-terre with ease.

He also helped me place a call to my French landlord for some clarification. The transport van was very nice, clean and the driver was very polite.  I would recommend them to anyone traveling in and around Paris.

Thirdly, I caught the train at the Gare du Nord station and went to Auvers-sur-Oise.  Of course, most touristy businesses were closed in November – but the Auvers tourist office had a couple of counters of Van Gogh items for sale and it was staffed with sales associates for the souvenirs…no tourist office assistance. At lunch at a local establishment, the owner offered maps and a schedule of what was open in the month of November.   It was a good day trip to Auvers-sur-Oise, not many tourists, a beautiful Fall day to stroll, take photos and walk to the cemetery.

I have posted on www.scribblesandsmiles.net some memories of Paris.” She also published her Paris insights in the Evansville Courrier & Press  .

Read more on Colleen’s Paris about taking a day trip to Auvers-sur-Oise .

This Web site and and its blog articles are for travelers to Paris who are looking for advice from someone who lives in Paris. These tips are "for Parisians at heart". Many people would like to visit, some can and some cannot - so I will help you enjoy a glimpse of the city and its surroundings. This project has been ongoing since 2002. Prior to living in Paris (since 1992) my European history began in the early 70s with three years in Wiesbaden, Germany. My next foray onto the Continent was in the mid-80s after graduation from the University of Florida (where I met Erik): traveling around Europe and UK with my friend, Margie, hitchhiking around and working in Ireland. After living and working as a journalist in Sweden for four years, traveling on boats, the Trans-Siberian Railway, local trains and planes took Erik and I around the world. I began working as a flight attendant in 1990 for American Airlines, based in Chicago. We moved to Paris, France in 1992 where I commuted between Paris and Chicago for my flight attendant/stewardess job. Finally my inner voice said "Stop!" and I left American Airlines six weeks shy of 20 years January 1, 2010. Now that is over and I am back working as a journalist and photographer full time on Colleensparis.com - My videos are posted on YouTube on the colleensparis youtube channel. and I am active in Toastmasters 75. Enjoy!