Welcom’ to Paris : a summary
Here is a short summary of our publication and the articles that compose it.
We are three friends, Parisian and travelers, and we changed our lives by starting a project of a new kind.
Now you have a friend in Paris
It all started with that article.
The beginning of the project, after spending time to welcome travellers in Paris. Here’s what we did, how and why.
“I am a part of all those I have met” Gamzesaba, from Istanbul
I’m this friend. I’m Jean-Baptiste (call me JB), a near-30 Parisian, and what I do is simple : I make travellers like…medium.com
Because, you know what ?
Paris is more than monuments.
There are also people who live there.
Through the example of two videos, we show that there are two different Paris.
It’s a matter of “touristic Paris” vs “real Paris”.
Stones and art vs vivid neigborhoods ;
The Eiffel Tower vs restaurants and bars ;
The tourist areas vs the places Parisians go to.
The City of Lights is not a museum ; people live here, including nice ones. But let’s get back to the beginning.medium.com
But in the end, who are the ones who care ?
The difference between a traveller and a tourist
We are not talking here about the definition of the dictionary, but about what we feel when we travel and when we speak with curious travellers.
Indeed, the difference is : a traveller is active, while a tourist is passive.
A few days ago, I stumbled on an inspiring quote.medium.com
It means that for us, tourism is a thing from the past, when travelling is a serious matter.
Our way to travel : curiosity, respect, effort.
Tourists stand out of the local culture, while a traveller dives in it.
For us, a traveller is respectuous of the other, is curious and open minded, and does his/her homework (preparation for the trip).
And we want to improve all similar travellers’ travel experiences ! The Welcom’ team
We don’t say that it’s the only way, we just want to share what we consider the best way to travel for us.
How do we make that happen ?
Meet Parisians and discover Paris with them
That’s what we propose to you, travellers from around the world.
The goal is simple : help you travellers to meet a Parisian that will make you discover his/her neighborhood or favourites places.
We’re creating a new kind of tool for travellers to experience the real Paris : “the Paris of the Parisians”.medium.com
Search, book, enjoy !
We have determined that the most effective way to do this is to build an internet platform, an online community where travelers can find welcomers.
Oh, and who are the welcomers ? They are simply Parisians travellers that are home between two trips.
Our ambition : shifting Paris from the most touristic city on Earth to the most welcoming city on Earth
We are creating a platform allowing travellers from all around the globe to find and book Parisian experiences proposed…medium.com
And when will it be open ?
Welcom’ to Paris is coming !
We’re currently working on it. Day and night.
A website for travellers, by travellers.
We’re now very close to an important step of our project : opening the website.medium.com
If you’re interested by the release, feel free to register on our waiting page : http://www.welcom.city
From Paris with love,
JB, Julien and Yohann, the Welcom’ team