They say Paris is the city of love, and that’s definitely true in Mirka’s case—only, the object of her affection is Paris itself. When she first came to the city, she noticed some people picnicking in a park. Sure, it sounds like a common occurrence, but Mirka had never seen a park picnic before. She thought: I’m going to live like this. That moment came to epitomize how she felt about Paris. Mirka loves everything about the spirit of the city—what she calls “the art of living.” Eating a five-course lunch on a Parisian terrace and finishing it at 5pm. Taking in the reds and oranges of the sunset. Running her fingers over the historic buildings, marveling at the fact that these structures standing today are the same ones that existed years and years ago.
And even though she’s lived in Paris for over a decade, she gets to go back to that picnic, that moment she first fell in love with Paris, pretty much every day. Because as a Tour Director, it’s kind of her job. She introduces students and teachers to all the must-see sights and can’t-miss bites, provides historical context and cultural commentary, and uses French to handle logistics like hotel check-ins and route navigation. Basically, she shows you what it’s like to be a local who’s been in a years-long love affair with Paris. And getting the opportunity to help the travelers on her guided tours of Paris, France fall in love with the city, too? Well, that’s her favorite thing.