Departure at 15.00
Your guide’s first mission will be to catapult you a few centuries back in time by re-constructing the world around you as great writers like Balzac would have experienced it. Allow your guide to strip the Carrousel du Louvre down to its state before the Haussmann’s reconstructions—back to when it was the epicentre of bohemian life in Paris.
From here, you’ll follow the Seine to the Île de la Cité, where big names such as Anatole France found many of their inspirations. You’ll continue over to the Rive Gauche the intellectual nerve centre of Paris and stomping ground of Lost Generation personalities such as Gertrude Stein, Ernest Hemingway, and Scott F. Fitzgerald. After visiting Oscar Wilde’s place of death, you’ll pass by the Beat Hotel—the famous hangout of Beat Generation writers such as William Burroughs and Allen Ginsberg.
Continuing on to the Odeon area, where Sylvia Beach founded her legendary bookstore and artistic paradise, Shakespeare and Co. The shop no longer exists. However, the spirit of regulars such as James Joyce, Paul Valéry, and André Gide still lingers in this cosy cave of literature.
On your way out of Shakespeare and Co., plunge into the worlds of Baudelaire and Flaubert as you follow the meandering streets and alleys to the Hôtel de Lauzun on the Île St. Louis. It is this sumptuous structure that moved Baudelaire to write L’Invitation au Voyage. Be seduced by the wonder of Paris, see the world through the eyes of these maîtres of literature.
- A literary joy-ride through space and time
- Hemingway, Joyce, Kerouac, Hugo, Wilde, Baudelaire, all on the same shelf
- A drink on us in a legendary Café Parisien