VN051 Paris Walks: Franco-American Friendship Historic Trail - Left Bank

  • 05 Nov 2013
  • 10:30 AM - 12:30 PM
  • 10:15 am. Meeting point café "Les Deux Musées," at 5 rue de Bellechasse,7th arr. The closest Metro stops are: Solferino or Assemblée Nationale on Line 12, or the Musée d'Orsay on RER C.


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Franco-American Historic Friendship - Left Bank

Thomas Jefferson

There have always been Americans in Paris! Come learn about some of the original ones: Benjamin Franklin, Thomas Jefferson, John Adams, Thomas Paine, John Paul Jones and a few others. Come explore the earliest years of the friendship that developed between France and the United States at the end of the 18th century. Listen to the tales of how Lafayette, King Luis XVI, Admiral de Grasse, General Rochambeau and other Frenchmen helped thirteen colonies win their independence from the English crown. We will gaze at the inspiration for the dome on Jefferson's home of Monticello; discover a Bartholdi statue that is NOT in New York's harbor and stand in front of the place where America's "birth certificate" was signed.

This is a two-part tour, we will see the monuments, statues, historic markers, and the former homes of the number of these historic figures - all here in Paris if you know where to look.

Part 1 of the tour explores sites on the Right Bank, from Pace du Trocadero to the Tuileries Gardens. Part 2 will explore the Left Bank, from the end of the Passerelle Solferino bridge to the Luxembourg Gardens. A short mid-morning break is scheduled in the tours at local cafes.

We will be outdoors rain or shine, so come dressed for the weather and wear comfortable walking shoes.                  

Instructor: Anna Cheong

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