The famous Saint-Germain-des-Prés
Looking into Saint-Germain-des-Prés, we will dive into the atmosphere of charm: the neighborhood, like a magnet has attracted all the times the fans of the beautiful. Here you will find Paris, which is glorified by writers and poets, making us dream about and to admire.
Why is Saint-Germain-des-Prés?
The quarter of Saint-Germain-des-Prés is one of the most prestigious and sophisticated neighborhoods of Paris where life is always in full swing, its no wonder the cafe has long been a favorite meeting place of Parisian Bohemia. After World war II, the quarter has become a center and existential thought of the vanguard at the head of Jean-Paul Sartre and Simone de Beauvoir.
Today in Saint-Germain-des-Prés is still full of life and many cultural activities. The quarter is the center of jazz, especially in may, when there is a jazz festival; in its legendary cafe “Taboo”, by the way, debuted Juliette Greco, jazz trumpeter and writer Boris vian, nights out, danced with Brigitte Bardot.
It is hard to believe that until the XVII century here was the border of Paris, and the city was surrounded by a wall with a moat. Great people of years past were born, worked and died in Saint-Germain-des-Pres and almost every building, every street and every corner of this quarter is fraught with history. As sung by Juliette Greco in his song”No more anything except Saint-Germain-des-Prés”.
During our walk you will see the mansion, where the Atelier of Pablo Picasso, where he wrote his famous painting “Guernica”.
The hotel died Oscar Wilde, and who for many years fell to pieces a drunken Jim Morrison (at the time, without consequences), as well as the hotel, the labyrinths in which Quentin Tarantino called psychedelic.
We go over the only survivors of Osmanovski reconstruction of Paris passage of the “left Bank” and the street where a careless driver in the street car, depriving humanity a brilliant physics scientist and Nobel prize winner, was hit by Pierre Curie.
You will know in which house he died from raging in Europe Spanish Guillaume Apollinaire; they conducted their coronation to the throne of the little Dauphin of France Louis XIII; where the Paris Meridian! and much, much more.
For fans of Serge Gainsbourg I’ll show you a café where he met his Muse, Jane Birkin; and the house in which he spent the last 20 years of his life and which became a place of pilgrimage for his fans, now painted from top to bottom by veins of graphite; and, where Birkin lived after his death.
To make the walk even more pleasant, we will eat the most delicious Italian ice-cream of Paris (of course, if we’re lucky and there won’t be huge queues) and be sure to stop in the boutique pastry shop Ladurée to buy the famous French macaron.