- Panoramic City Tour
- Outside Paris
- The other Regions of France
- About myself
Let us leave the old districts of Paris – islands Cite and Saint-Louis, the Latin Quarter and Le Marais. We will explore the part of Paris which stretches west of the Louvre. Here prevails architecture of the 19th century. Under Napoleon III Paris underwent cardinal transformations. The Prefect of Paris had been authorized by the emperor to execute a complex reconstruction of old Paris. The entire districts were destroyed and on the place of them new straight and large streets were laid.
During the period of “La Belle Époque” the Grand Opera’s district and surrounding streets had turned into place of entertainment of the new class of grand bourgeoisie. Here emerged banks and an immense stock exchange of Paris, richly decorated buildings housing headquarters of industrial and insurance companies. Not far from here stretched the district of printing –works and publishing houses of popular newspapers and magazines, as well as fashionable restaurants, cafés and movie -theatres. The fashionable Opera Avenue was lined with newly built comfortable residential blocs to accommodate well-to-do bourgeois.
Our walking tour will start from the Garnier Opera-House whose excessive décor might give to some purists an association with a wedding cake. This building is one of bright examples of the style Napoleon III. We will pass the Vendome square with famous jewelers houses BOUCHERON’, Cartier, Van Cleef& Arpels. This square is an exceptional example of a 17 century architectural ensemble. We will pass then the Tuileries Gardens along which lines the Rivoli Street laid under Napoleon Bonaparte. We will aim at Concorde square that has witnessed numbers of events of the rich history of France.
The absolute monarchy, the Great Revolution, the terror, the guillotine, the restauration of the Bourbons, the constitutional monarchy, Napoleon’s era, the Third republic – this square had witnessed them all.
Then we will reach the famous Champs Elysees, Alexander III Bridge and Esplanade of the Invalids. All these sites are pleasant to the eye. They all made the splendid Paris city. At the second half of the 19th century this large area regularly housed famous World Fairs. Business people from all over the world came to Paris to see the latest achievements of Technology, Industry and Arts.
Our Walking tour will end under the Eiffel tour which is a reminder of the Historic World Fair of 1889.
The tour lasts 3 hours
It costs 150 € for the grou