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Tour Paris streets with those who know them best - the homeless

Published on Aug 24, 2014 11:26 AM
 
French 39-years-old homeless Vincent Rouyer (R) speaks with tourists during a guided tour.What better way to visit the streets of Paris than with people who have lived in them, literally. -- PHOTO: AFP

PARIS (AFP) - What better way to visit the streets of Paris than with people who have lived in them, literally.

Meet Vincent, a 39-year-old homeless man who was down and out six months ago, but now squires tourists through little-known lanes as he tells their stories, past and present.

Despite the rain, several visitors - Australian, Dutch, Taiwanese among them - stand rapt as Vincent, who preferred not to give his last name, recounts a 19th-century revolt against the government that played out in some of the cobblestone streets on his two-hour tour.

"I'm discovering the real Paris," said Marco, a 28-year-old Mexican on a solo tour around the world. "I'm making friends and having fun. It's a perfect combination."

 
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