Paris Walks: The Resistance and the Occupation, Left Bank Circuit

Mary-Ann

Sorry about the date stamp. I accidentally changed the settings on my point and shoot camera without realizing until later.

Paris Walks is a 12 Euro walk based on a theme of your choice.  You can find their website here.  Guidebooks will mention this group if you are traveling to Paris or London.  Here are my thoughts.

Pros

-Guides are highly knowledgeable about the subject

-There are a variety of types of tours to meet the needs of different interests

-People return for multiple tours because they like Paris Walks

-The walking is not strenuous

-Groups are not ridiculously large

-Affordable price

Cons

-The walk I was on seemed more of a talk rather than a, “see this sight, here is what happened here” kind of tour

-If standing for long periods is troublesome for you, this may be difficult

-Stand close or you may not hear

-If you have attention deficit tendencies, it may be hard for you to focus with all of the stimulus around you

-As a teacher, I couldn’t help but think of how I could make the lecture more engaging (teachers are entertainers in case you didn’t know)

I am going on an Impressionism tour tomorrow and a Montmartre tour next week.  I heard good reviews about the Montmartre tour.

Now, let’s take a look at the tour I participated in.

Mary Ann is so full of knowledge on the resistance and the occupation.  She shares history, primary sources, and general background information.  The content she is covering is so fascinating to me.  The only disappointment I felt was not seeing some of the sights she mentioned.  I really wanted to see the location of the Velodrome, but we did not go there.  We did see the location of the prison, hotel where Jews reunited with families, and memorial plaques, but not some of the major sights.  Her lecture was full of enlightening knowledge about the resistance, which I need to write down before I forget.  I am happy to finally understand why it is that I fly into Charles de Gaulle airport and not Louis the IV airport or Napoleon airport.  I will have to share my gained knowledge another day once I have had time to put it all together.

So, I need to conduct more research to give you a greater scope of what Paris Walks is all about.  I also will be creating my own Resistance/Occupation Walk to hit on the sights that I think are crucial for understanding the dark times in Paris.  Stay tuned for more information.

2 thoughts on “Paris Walks: The Resistance and the Occupation, Left Bank Circuit

  1. Grier says:

    I agree with you, I did this walk a couple of years ago and it was disappointing. The Hemingway walk was excellent so it is hit and miss. If you have an interest in this subject, I suggest reading “Is Paris Burning?” a riveting account of the last days of the occupation.

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