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You’ve never visited the French capital, but are planning to ? Already know it somewhat, but want to delve deeper and more intimately into its history on a second or third visit ? Here’s your chance to...
2. A Medieval Sampler – including inter alia St. Germain des Prés church (built, destroyed and rebuilt several times between the 6th and 13th centuries), the 13th century Cordeliers monastery refectory and the luxurious 15th century Cluny abbots’ « townhouse ».
3. Learning in Paris – focusses on university and student life in the Latin Quarter between the 12th and 16th centuries.
4. The Wall Route Right Bank – follows the 12th century city rampart’s remains through streets and lanes from the Louvre, whose earliest construction was part of the wall, to the eastern extremity of the Medieval city ending with an impressive stretch of the rampart 150 metres long with two towers.
5. The Wall Route Left Bank – here the rampart, built in the early 13th century, wends its way through courtyards, mews and even one underground parking lot.
6. Notre Dame Cathedral – a « reading » of the « stone comic strip » carvings, and a look at some very curious and still-unresolved mysteries surrounding the Grand Old Lady, whose construction began in 1163.
7. Cradle of the Capital : Ile de la Cité – a sampling of the vestiges and major events that have shaped and marked Parisian history through 2,300 years of uninterrupted habitation.
8. The « Grand Century » on the Ile St. Louis – an intimate round-island look at the architecture and (hi)stories of some of Paris’s grandest 17th century mansions, not forgetting the one where From Here to Eternity author James Jones lived for many years.
9. The Naughty Marais – feats of derring-do, plus some hanky panky, whose ghosts haunt what was once THE place to live in the French capital.
10. Smiling Architecture : Parisian Art Nouveau - an on-the-spot review of some of the most original masterpieces of Hector Guimard, Georges Chédanne, Henri Sauvage and other Belle Epoque builders, considered « kinky » because of their lack of symmetry and recourse to materials (ceramics, steel) thought to be vulgar at the time, but who certainly were rich in humor.
11. 19-25 August 1944 : The Liberation of Paris – a walk-through of that « glorious week »’s military and political highlights and anecdotes - some grave, others humorous -, and pinpointing aspects of American involvement
Your guide is Arthur Gillette, a
63-year-old American Harvard graduate (high honors in French language and literature), with a
He also works with organizations to preserve Parisian cultural heritage sites, and make them better known, including the Association pour la Sauvegarde et la Mise en Valeur du Paris Historique, for which he is an official guide/lecturer.
Interested ? If so, contact Arthur Gillette now for more information or to reserve:
Telephone : + (33.1) 188.8.131.52
Email : [email protected] evocating my name : Jack.