Starting at the Panthéon in Paris' Latin Quarter and ending at the Pont de la Tournelle, this walk will guide you through the charming streets of the famous Left Bank, passing landmarks such as the Panthéon, the Jardins de Luxembourg and the wonderfully chic Saint-Germain-des-Prés district - unravelling stories of incredible women at every turn. And of course, there will be a stop at one of the city’s finest bakeries somewhere along the way… we’re in Paris after all!
This tour reveals the lesser-told side of the city’s history; one dominated not by great men but by inspirational women, who persevered within a bastion of patriarchy to make their mark on Paris, and the world.
Église Saint-Étienne-du-Mont, Place Sainte-Geneviève - 75005 Paris
Monday to Saturday on request
Duration approx 3.5 hours
€75 1 person / €90 2 people / €35 pp 3+ people / Group prices also available *
*In case of cancellation please contact us up to 48h before.
...AND WOMEN WHO WRITE
This second walking tour aims to shed light on the lives and achievements of female writers in Paris. The walk features profiles of influential women writers and guides tourists through the glamorous Saint Germain-des-Prés district where many of these women lived or are paid tribute to.
On top of that, this district is also known for its concentration of wonderful chocolatiers, patisseries and confectioneries and so our walk will be punctuated with 5 opportunities to try some of the best sweet treats the city has to offer. After all, it wouldn't be Paris without something delicious to eat!
There will be stories of the likes of Colette and George Sand as well as tastings at famous spots such as Henri Le Roux, Georges Larnicol and Pierre Marcolini... and goodness galore!
Saint-Germain-Des-Prés church, 3 Place Saint-Germain-Des-Prés - 75006 Paris
Tuesday to Saturday on request
Duration approx 2 hours
€70 1 person / €90 2 people / €40 pp 3+ people / Group prices also available *
* Price includes tastings at 5 different locations / In case of cancellation please contact us up to 48h before.
Hello! I'm Heidi - Paris tour guide and creator of the Women of Paris Walk. I made the move over to Paris from London in search of a new adventure in the French capital where I began guiding. Through guiding my love for Paris blossomed; I developed a fascination for all things French and a genuine joy for what I was doing.
I was inspired to create the Women of Paris walk when I realised that this is a grossly neglected topic in Paris tourism. Typical tours of the city are dominated by great men (Napoleon, Louis XIV, Victor Hugo etc) and often don’t include much reference to great women. Or, if they do mention women, it is often in a negative light.
After realising this and feeling disheartened I decided to make a change and create something relevant for 2016 - an evolving world in which patriarchal history is being challenged. As soon as I began researching, I was amazed by the rich diversity of names I was coming across, from Josephine Baker to Marie Curie. I hope that this tour will reveal a new side to Paris, already such a beloved city, and I hope that it will enrich Paris tourism by creating an awareness of some of the incredible women who have impacted the city.
Let's consider the facts: France has never had a female monarch or president. Women didn’t get the vote here until much later than many of France’s European counterparts. This is the capital city of a country that has been ruled by men and its history largely dictated by a male voice. The women we do hear about are very often wives, mistresses or muses to great kings, writers or artists. Throughout history, women have very often been sexualised, objectified, but not all that frequently recognised for their own achievements.
In the past, Paris has been likened to a female muse, inspiring the many great male artists and writers who made their names here. But what about the women who lived here? What was Paris for them? Isn't it time we heard their voices too?
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