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Guided Walking Tours

Marc Soleranski offers culturally indepth tours to carefully chosen Parisian landmarks that are often unavailable for public viewing without an accredited guide. One example is the Hotel de Lauzun on Ile Saint Louis (which in is one of the rare examples of a Baroque interior – the way a Parisian townhouse of Louis XIV’s era may have looked) It was recently featured in the film ‘Paris’. Marc will be conducting a guided tour on Monday, June 9th at 7 pm. Meet at the 17 Quai d’Anjou front gate. Admission 15 Euros.
You must reserve in advance. Tel 01 42 78 14 96 Check the News section for his complete June schedule.
To date, we’ve attended three different walking tours with Marc, conducted in French. However it is possible to book a tour in English. Most recently we took the all day walking tour or Paris Passages with the focus being on their literary link to the writers Balzac and Emile Zola.
We began our tour at the Musee des Arts Decoratifs located in the Louvre.
What was the reason for starting here? To understand the transition from romantic writing style of Victor Hugo to Zola’s realism, and to better understand the style and affinities of the time.
Included in this visit, was a look at a courtesan’s bed. Although Zola wasn’t rich enough to be welcomed into the ‘inner sanctum’ of some of Paris’s most famous courtesans (such as the Therese de Paiva), he made up for the reality of ‘being there’ by writing detailed descriptions of a courtesan’s lair in his book ‘Nana’.
Part of the reason the ‘passages’ of Paris were created in the 19th century was to allow men and women to promenade in smart clothes, do a little shopping or flirting and not have to worry about getting their shoes muddied. In those days, the rest of the city was not so conducive to well-dressed pedestrians.