Karen Rudel

Born and raised in Johnstown, Pennsylvania, Karen grew up with the aspiration to be a comedian, a musician, or both… She groomed these crafts from a young age by making everyone around her laugh and beginning a lifetime romance with the flute at the age of 9. She went on to study drama at Temple University in Philadelphia and played in a series of bands.

From the age of 30 until she got married, Karen was back and forth between Paris and Philadelphia, working on musical projects and touring (including being the flautist and singer in a Reggae band in Paris). One day her parents came to visit her and Karen, having learned a lot about Paris, was showing them around when her mother exclaimed, “Karen, you would make a great tour guide!”

That was the light bulb moment, and as the French say, voila!

Paris has been Karen’s stomping ground for more than 18 years, and her company is in a unique position to give you the historical background and underground cultural scoops that most walking tours leave out.



FROM OUR PARIS BLOG

by Emily Dilling

Vegetarian Food in Paris

A few years ago, you could count the number of vegetarian restaurants in the city on one hand. All that has changed in recent years: vegetarians no longer have to settle for veggie side dishes or a basket of bread when eating out in Paris and they can even have full on gastronomic experiences thanks to a growing number of plant-minded restaurants and cafés that have opened their doors.


by Preston Mohr

Reservations in Paris – How to dine successfully

Nothing worse than spending your vacation and constantly trying to figure out where to eat. While sometimes you’ll get lucky and walk into a place right away for a meal and score not only a great table but a great meal. Get a foodie’s tip on how to dine successfully when traveling to Paris.


by Emily Dilling

Walking in Paris

There is no better way to explore a city than doing it the old-fashioned way: on foot. Whether enjoying a leisurely walk or going on an off-the-beaten-path adventure, here are some guidelines to help Parisian pedestrians get the maximum from their “flâneur” experience.


Sommeliers & Tour Guides blogger karen, team 2017