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Dec 18th, 2011, 05:43 PM
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Anyone used Michael Osman as a tour guide lately?

I'm helping my sis-in-law find a tour guide for a one day crash course in Paris while on a business trip. Michael has some great reviews but nothing recent. Has anoyone used him lately?
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Dec 18th, 2011, 06:14 PM
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The last time we've toured with Michael was in September. We enjoyed our days with him and Scott as much as ever.

They are both extremely knowledgeable, entertaining and an incredible value. We plan to use them again in May....and I've been to Paris at least 20 times. They can always show us places we haven't seen or give us more insight into some we've seen before.
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Dec 18th, 2011, 06:16 PM
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Sounds like that's a yes! Thanks Judy. Does he still have the same contact [email protected]?
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Dec 18th, 2011, 06:18 PM
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I believe it's parisfind....no s.
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Dec 19th, 2011, 11:20 AM
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missed MO on our last trip but my friend who was there a few weeks ahead of us used him for about the 12th tme. He is a treasure!
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Dec 20th, 2011, 09:53 AM
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yes it is [email protected] , Michael does a great one day crash course tour. My guess is he is very busy this week and next so you may not hear from him right away. Also, if he is already booked the day she wants and he suggests his partner Scott, do not hesitate to say "yes"... he too is a treasure!
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Dec 20th, 2011, 10:01 AM
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Are his rates a fixed price? Last I remember seeing it was ~200E for the day.

How do you taylor the tour, does he have a set group, or do you iterate with him?

I assume also add lunch to the cost.
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Dec 20th, 2011, 11:53 AM
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He is slow answering emails so try to contact him on Facebook.
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Dec 23rd, 2011, 10:57 AM
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I though the rate quoted for Michael seemed high, so just checked, his rate is EU 125 plus expenses (museum,transit, food fees).....less than half of most private guides.
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Dec 23rd, 2011, 11:16 AM
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Has he got a professional license?
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Dec 23rd, 2011, 11:34 AM
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It appears that I may meeting him next week at a cocktail party, so I may try to obtain useful information. Then again, I may refuse to talk to him. Who knows?

(He is probably reading this so I am already in trouble.)
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Dec 23rd, 2011, 11:43 AM
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kerouac, you would enjoy meeting Michael!
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Dec 23rd, 2011, 12:17 PM
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That's what I am being told.
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Dec 23rd, 2011, 02:05 PM
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A private tour guide for 125E a day seems very reasonable to me.
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Dec 23rd, 2011, 02:13 PM
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And it isn't "per person". Michael gives you more than your money's worth.
Kerouac, you really WILL enjoy Michael. Now, I may not be able to assure Micheal of that!! LOL No, I'm sure it would be mutual.
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Dec 23rd, 2011, 02:13 PM
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Michael is a terrific guide and a joy to spend time with. For his cost you can have him from early morning until late night, if you wish. He wears us out by around 4:00, but he'd keep going if we would He has his own metro/bus pass, likes to use buses to get around, but you'll pay entrance fees and lunch for him. He's not at all extravagant, so don't expect him to take advantage at lunch, for example. He always makes great choices.

My personal favorite: Pare Lachaise Cemetery. Like me, Michael loves cemeteries and PL is, IMO, a treasure. There is so much special to see and I've tried on my own and missed much. Michael knows it (and all the others) like the back of his hand.

If Michael is booked and he offers his partner, Scott, you can be sure of getting the same entertaining and knowledgeable guide.
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Dec 23rd, 2011, 04:06 PM
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kerouac, tell Michael I said hello and sorry he didn't get back to me for dinner at the apartment in Paris.
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Dec 24th, 2011, 01:40 AM
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MIchael is a flat rate no matter how many in your group. ANd he will wear you out and still be redy with moe plaves if your feet can take it!
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Dec 24th, 2011, 06:53 PM
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cigale, how can you contact him on facebook? Do you have to friend him first or is there a page? I'm not having much luck.
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Dec 24th, 2011, 09:07 PM
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I think you must befriend him /
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