I am inspired by all of the brilliant ideas that are out there. I came across Voulez-Vous Dîner on Twitter and thought it was the most clever and creative thing I'd heard of in a long time. You've probably heard or read about the 'secret' dinners in Paris. How you can sign up to share a meal in someone's home, meeting other tourists and having an authentic meal and experience. I've always thought these dinners were so cool.
These guys take that fun idea to another level. You sign up to have a typical French dinner at a host family's home, mostly in Paris but there are a sprinkling of hosts in places like Lyon, pay a set fee to the company and get to meet a French family, share their favorite meals and hopefully make new friends. It's basically what we do when we go to Les Bons Amies for lunch; eating, laughing, and turning to the dictionary when we get stuck on a word.
Voulez-Vous Dîner has a listing of verified hosts by age, location, and interests and you choose the one that most appeals to you. Seriously, genius.
Their mission in a nutshell, from their website: 'To share French heritage, a friendly welcome, a multicultural exchange,
the value of an encounter, authenticity, international exchange, quality
service, to develop friendships around the world, to be an active part
If I were traveling to Paris from abroad, this would be one of my must-dos.
When else would you get the opportunity to dine in a French family home, share culture and stories, and make your trip to France more authentic rather than merely skimming the surface.
It's just so cool. I love it! Have a look and see if you agree.
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