From your appartment in Palais Royal we will go on a stroll from pre-Haussmann's Paris to post renovation architecture of the end of 19th and early 20th centuries, looking at highlights like the Opéra Garnier or the Société Générale headquarters ar Boulevard Haussmann.
On this tour, we will also briefly dissect the typical Haussmannian "immeuble parisien" and hear what the architecture is telling us about the life of Parisians then.
With only brand new fancy housing available in town, where can you go when you are a young and broke avant-garde artist?.... To Montmartre of course!
As a consequence of Haussmann's great renovation work, the less wealthy were being pushed out to the outskirts of the city, in former villages such as Montmartre. Not the least important among them were avant-garde Impressionist painters, soon followed by broke poets and immigrant Catalan artists... did you say Catalan artists?
Let's head to Montmartre then and find a quaint bistrot where we can have a glass of wine and a plate of cheese or Beef Bourguignon if it is really cold!!!
After a short lunch break we will take a stroll on the most haunted hill in town where we will chase the ghosts of Renoir, Picasso, Van Gogh, Gertrude and Leo Stein, and enjoy the view from the Sacré Coeur church as a migic conclusion.
The bravest of us will be able to climb up the Sacré Coeur for the most incredible view over Paris !
Wednesday Nov 27 - Haussmann's Opera district + lunch and stroll in Montmartre
Tour Duration : 10am to 5pm
Starting point: your hotel/appartment
End point: your hotel/apartment or any other location in Paris wher I can accompany you at the end of the tour
Itinerary: your hotel, Palais Royal garden, Galerie Vivienne, Opera district, Montmartre district (Moulin Rouge, rue Lepic, Abbesses, Sacré Coeur church, painters' sqaure, Moulin de la Galette, Lapin Agile cabaret and vineyard)
The price includes:
- Guiding services for 7h00
- Tickets and right of speech for Opéra Garnier (60€ for tickets + 20€ fpr my reservation fee)
- Guide's lunch
- Public transportation tickets for all participants
- Food and drinks
All monuments are seen from outside except for Sacré Coeur church, Saint Pierre church, Société Générale headquarters and Opéra Garnier.