Corey Frye – ‘A French Frye in Paris’ Tour Guide Extraordinaire!


“Oh! To wander in Paris! Adorable and delightful existence! Strolling is a science, the gastronomy of the eye. To wander is to do nothing, to stroll is to live”.  – Honoré de Balzac, (Physiologie du Mariage, 1829)

French poet Charles Baudelaire conceptualised the term flâneur, describing it as a gentleman stroller, a casual wanderer of the many streets and arcades of a nineteenth century Paris, whilst gazing upon society and its kaleidoscope of life.  He could very well have been referring to Corey Frye; A French Frye in Paris, the highly sought-after tour guide.  I recently had the pleasure of experiencing five of Corey’s tours, showing me a fascinating side of Paris in a way I could never have experienced on my own. 


The idiom ‘to know a city like the back of your hand’ is a big statement but it is the phrase that comes to mind that best describes Corey’s extensive knowledge of the famous City of Lights.  His passion and enthusiasm for Paris is undeniable and it clearly shows as he amazes and mesmerises you with interesting historical, informative and sometimes obscure facts, on top of pointing out great places to eat or visit along the way.  He reveals details and secret spots that are unknown to some (if not most) of the locals and his ability to point out hidden details almost every step of the way is amazing and captivating. For two hours, you will be transported back in time as Corey paints a colourful picture through anecdotes of what it must have been like to live during historic periods, such as medieval Paris, the French Revolution, the Belle Époque and World War II.     

As well as possessing such remarkable and insightful knowledge, Corey is genuine and friendly with a great sense of humour that is refreshing and puts you at ease instantly.  By the end of the tour, I literally felt like I had been walking around Paris with a friend rather than a tour guide. The only disappointment is when the tour is over and you realise that you will now have to walk around Paris without Corey’s expertise and insight; rendering you once again oblivious to all of the city’s hidden secrets and mysteries.

Corey has single-handedly revolutionised the guided tour industry by being the first to offer unique, free, weekly live video broadcasts via Facebook. Corey‘s signature sign off, “If you can’t bring yourself to Paris, I’ll bring Paris to you” is exactly what he does. Every Saturday (5pm Paris time), by visiting the public Facebook group aptly called, ‘A French Frye in Paris’, you can be whisked away, allowing you to interact in real-time as Corey leads you through a new Parisian location each week. It’s also a great way to sample and get a feel of what his tours are all about. 

Straight after the walking tour, Patreon subscribers can then participate in a live private Facebook Café Chat with Corey that often feature a special guest who offer their own invaluable experiences, tips and passion for Paris.  Each Café chat is held at a different establishment which (as an added bonus) exposes you to a variety of places that you can pop onto your list of things to do and perhaps try for yourself.  Some of the Café Chats have fantastic views, (way too many to list!), some are quirky, (a cat café) and some exotic, (an absinthe bar).  How’s that for variety?

Patreon subscribers are also privy to many other benefits, including having access to a very active private Facebook community group, exclusive content and printable PDF maps of the live Facebook tours indicating all the spots visited on each walk. They were an invaluable resource that I used when planning my recent trip that allowed me to explore and see things I had no idea existed before watching the live tours.  

If you are interested in a tour that is definitely a cut above the rest, then A French Frye in Paris is what you have been searching for. One thing is certain, my future trips to Paris would not be complete unless l take at least one walking tour with Corey on every visit. 

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Notre Dame Cathedral


‘I have made it a ritual to always light a candle when I visit’

If you twisted my arm and forced me to pick just one favourite monument in Paris, I would reluctantly say (reluctantly because who in their right mind could only pick one?) that it would have to be the Notre Dame Cathedral.  Why Notre Dame?  Well, I have visited it on every one of my trips to Paris and will most likely visit it every time I return because of the way it makes me feel.  Not forgetting the fact that construction started in 1163 and took nearly 200 years to complete, which is astounding in itself, the connection I have to Notre Dame is inexplicable except to say that it moves me.  When I enter through it’s incredibly ornate, massive doors, a sense of calm, peace and awe washes over me in a way that is hard to imagine, unless you have felt it for yourself.  The hushed whispers of tourists and the dim lighting from its numerous medieval chandeliers only add to the ambience and solemn atmosphere inside. Taking a moment to appreciate your surroundings whilst inhaling the faint smells of wood and candle wax is extremely meditative.  It is thoroughly soothing, peaceful and refreshing.


I lost count of these stunning, atmospheric chandeliers.


The subtle smell of candle wax adds to the atmosphere.

Measuring in at 130m in length, 48m in width and at 35m tall, Notre Dame is an impressive structure to say the least.  It would be better described as a French Gothic masterpiece.  I can’t help but think of what life must have been like for the craftsmen and labourers who unknowingly contributed to such an iconic cathedral.  It is completely overwhelming to take in during one visit and I feel compelled to return again and again to discover something new each time.

On my last visit, I spent the better part of a Sunday afternoon there and managed to attend the International Service (Sundays at 11:30am).  It was an incredible experience to say the least. With bells ringing on arrival, followed by dramatic organ music and the angelic, operatic voices of the choir singers all set against the beauty of its stained-glass windows, it seemed more like an elaborate opera performance rather than a weekly church service.  It was truly amazing.


The magnificent and dramatic organ of Notre Dame.


One of three stunning, stained glass roses.

Inside the church itself, you can enter The Treasury, where you will see sacred vases, ornaments and liturgical books amongst other relics. Unsurprisingly, Notre Dame’s most priceless piece by far, is the Crown of Thorns.  Funnily enough, it’s not found in The Treasury but right at the back of the cathedral, behind the alter, contained in a blood red glass display.  Keep your eyes open because I walked right past it twice and had to ask for help before locating it!


 In the Treasury:  Archbishop Sibour’s mid 19th century missal. 


The hard to spot Crown of Thorns.

If you have the energy and aren’t afraid of heights or claustrophobic, then climbing to the top of the towers is a must.  Be warned, there are 387 steps up a strictly one-way only, narrow staircase but the view is spectacular.  Make sure you reserve your timeslot before you intend to climb up; otherwise, quite frankly, don’t bother showing up.  I used an app called ‘Duck the Line’ and it was such a time saver.  Reservation access through the app is available from 7:30am on the day you wish to climb the tower and it will also notify you when it is your turn to ascend.  When the app alerts you, you simply present your phone to the Notre Dame official to gain entry. I only had to wait five minutes for access!  This allows you to avoid waiting in a long queue while you explore the outside of the cathedral.  Brilliant!  I actually think the view here is the best view of Paris. Yes, even better than the view from the Eiffel Tower.  After all, what is the view of Paris without the Eiffel Tower in it?  You can also get up close to one of the tower’s massive bells – don’t worry, this one doesn’t toll so your ears are safe!


I can picture Quasimodo up here.

Don’t forget to walk around the back and have a look at the cathedral from a different perspective, giving you a completely different view.  There is a small garden area where you can sit and enjoy the magnificent buttresses and carved gargoyle drain spouts – what a fabulous way to protect the building from water damage.  The rainwater literally comes out of the gargoyle’s mouths away from the building!  Speaking of gargoyles, the statues at the top of the Notre Dame are not gargoyles, they are chimeras. The gargoyles serve a functional purpose whilst the chimeras are purely decorative.  My favourite is the famous Stryga.


 Spot the real gargoyles while you take a break in the garden. 


The notoriously fabulous chimera – Stryga.

If you haven’t had your fill yet, at the end of the square in front of Notre Dame, you will find the Archaeological Crypt.  Here, you can walk amongst  ancient, medieval ruins that were found under Notre Dame during renovations – an eerie time capsule that gives you a glimpse into some fascinating urban and architectural development.


Fascinating ruins.

After all of that, before you say au revoir, make sure you locate Point Zéro in the square just outside the cathedral doors – it is officially the very centre of Paris itself!  Place your foot on it and take a touristy photo or put a coin on it and make a wish – or both!

I bet you can’t guess what I wished for!


Make a wish @ Point Zéro!

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Le Meurice – Cédric Grolet

Food, In Paris

‘Cédric Grolet – a revolutionary pâtissier’

Luckily for me, Cédric Grolet opened his first patisserie ‘Le Meurice – Cédric Grolet’, just in time for my most recent visit to Paris.  In case you’ve been living under a rock, Cédric is not only an internet sensation with over 1 million followers on Instagram but has worked under Alain Ducasse at Le Meurice since 2013.  He was recently named as World’s Best Pastry Chef in October, 2017 and can be described as an artist and culinary genius, specialising in troupe-l’oeil pastries –  an optical illusion if you like.  Cédric’s pastries are perfectly sculptured replicas of fresh fruit that have to be seen to be believed.  Each piece is strictly limited and the menu changes monthly with the possibility of daily changes.


Today’s choices.

There is no official closing time, once the last cake is sold that’s it.  My advice is to get there at opening time to avoid the long queues and to guarantee your chance to experience one of these masterpieces.  A charming doorman  allows approximately six clients in at a time which only adds to the prestigious feeling of the whole experience.  The decor inside is white, minimalist and has an exclusive feel to it.  Cédric describes it as being halfway between a laboratory and a boutique and it is exactly that.  While you await your turn, a pastry chef puts on a show as he goes about constructing delicious chocolate tarts topped with blueberries and dehydrated strawberries, mesmerising you with his skill and attention to detail.


Watching the pastry chef decorating chocolate tarts whilst waiting in queue.

It’s finally my turn, after waiting months for this opportunity.  I order the Cerise (cherry) which looks more like a piece of art than a cake.  It is stunning!  Everything I had expected and more!  The glossy red reminds me of a toffee apple.  It is carefully placed into a box that looks remarkably like marble and then popped into its own bag.  There is no provision for dining in which isn’t a problem seeing as it is located basically across the road from the Jardin de Tuileries.  I am lucky enough to be staying around the corner so I take it back there to enjoy it privately and savour the experience.


Even the packaging is perfect!

Delicate.  That is what it is.  Physically and in taste.  The flavours of cherry, chocolate and chilli are delicately balanced to create a feast for the taste buds as well as for the eyes.  Not overly sweet, just perfect.  Not overpowering, just perfect.  It’s so light and delicate that it melts in your mouth and is like nothing I have ever tasted before.  It’s…just perfect.


Picture perfect.


Conflicting emotions – dying to taste it but not wanting to destroy it’s beauty.


Perfection! Bon appétit!

It truly is an experience to enjoy from start to finish.  Such a high-end product comes with an expected high end price tag – €17 to be exact.  Not an everyday treat but one of life’s little pleasures that I highly recommend you partake and indulge in at least once.

Situated at 6 rue de Castiglione, 75001 it is open from Tuesday to Sunday from 12:00 until the last cake is sold.


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In the Beginning…

About me


“There are only two places in the world where we can live happy: at home and in Paris.” – Ernest Hemingway.

My love affair with France and all things French began as a four or five year old child while watching Walt Disney’s ‘The Aristocats,’ a fantastic Disney classic set in Paris in 1910, (about a mother cat named Duchess and her three kittens, Berlioz, Marie and Toulouse – which could possibly explain my love for cats too!) and was cemented at the age of thirteen, when I took my first French lesson in High School.  As a teenager I was enamoured with the language, culture, food and of course Parisian fashion and French perfume.  What’s not to like?  By the end of the first lesson, I was determined that I would get to Paris someday.

I had to experience it firsthand.  I had to take in the ‘visual overload’ of Paris with my own eyes and see its beauty up close, to hear the natives speak French as they walked by me in the streets and hear the strangely comforting sound of sirens in the background. I had to taste the exquisite pastries, the fresh, warm, buttery, flaky croissants and its many delicious, traditional dishes. I wanted to smell Chanel perfume at 31, rue Cambon and to inhale the heady aroma of hot coffee whilst sitting  on the terrace of a brasserie and to run my hands over structures built hundreds of years ago and imagine a life long gone.   And I have!

I decided to begin writing this blog whilst sitting on my balcony, watching the Eiffel Tower sparkle in all her glory.  It was a moment I will never forget – how could I?  Watching her sparkle on the hour can literally bring tears to my eyes.  That view never gets old!  It occurred to me that if I love France so much, then there must be other Francophiles out there who would be interested in reading my blog and at the same time, allow me to indulge in my passion.  A famous Hemingway quote that resonates with me is: “There are only two places in the world where we can live happy: at home and in Paris.”  It sums up how I feel and what this blog is about perfectly!  So here it is: my blog, my way, sharing my love of France with you, sharing ‘That French Vibe’.

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