Paris 1920: Lost Generation Writers of the Left Bank (Small Group Walking Tour)

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  • 3 hr

There is a famous saying : “Everyone has 2 countries, their own & France”. This was especially true for numerous artists, writers & jazz musicians between the 2 world wars, many of whom flocked to Paris not only for artistic inspiration but also to find themselves. Known as the Lost Generation, these were men & women who had suffered through WW1, a war that had taken 40m lives. They were all between 20 and 30 years old & questioned the old regime as morally bankrupt – seeking to build a new system. Eager to share ideas they would gather in the numerous cafés of the Left Bank. Many of these struggling artists & writers stayed in the area’s cheap hotels or cold-water flats. We will visit the places where these people lived, worked & partied, bearing in mind that the bohemian Left Bank of starving artists & struggling writers has given way to chic boutiques & high end bistros. Along the way we might stop for a tasting of artisanal chocolate mousse "to go"! (cost not included)

Itinerary Details

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Stop At: Saint-Sulpice

We start off with a short introduction to the Lost Generation authors and their involvement in WW1

Duration: 15 minutes

Stop At: Odeon

We visit the original location of the famed bookstore Shakespeare & Company, a 2nd home to so many of the Lost Generation writers - Hemingway, Pound, Stein & most especially Joyce.

Duration: 10 minutes

Stop At: Luxembourg Gardens

Visit the homes of the Lost Generation authors around the Luxembourg gardens : Man Ray, Hemingway, the Fitzgeralds, Gertrude Stein & Ezra Pound

Duration: 30 minutes

Stop At: Pantheon

Just opposite the Luxembourg Gardens, we proceed to the Pantheon of Paris - where TS Eliot's flat was located when he lived in Paris as a student

Duration: 5 minutes

Stop At: Mouffetard Market

We end the tour in the Mouffetard district of the Latin Quarter - where we visit the homes of James Joyce, Ernest Hemingway and (time allowing) George Orwell.

Duration: 15 minutes
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