In the prologue to one of his books, the author David P. Jordan writes: “The Paris that magnetically attracts still remains Haussmann’s Paris. The boulevards, the Place de l’Etoile, indeed all the major places, most of the bridges over the Seine, all the squares and small parks, the Bois de Boulogne and Bois de Vincennes, to mention only a few of the aspects that define Paris, were all Haussmann’s work.
How we walk or drive about the city was determined by him, as was our focus on the various monuments closing the perspectives he created…
Haussmann imprinted himself on history… because he was responsible for one of the modern wonders of the world, the new Paris, whose transformation he oversaw, from
the most grandiose conceptions to the most minute detail.” This tour of Haussmann’s Paris focuses on his transformation of what was an exotic, yet dirty and unhealthy, medieval city into the miracle it is today. It visits his principal accomplishments, which are contrasted with some of those parts of the city he did not get to touch, so that you can better appreciate what he achieved. Apart from his accomplishments cited above, we will also visit the Ile de la Cite, the 4 bridges he added and the three that he transformed, and his Baltard markets.
Perhaps more than any other tour, this one will give you insight into what makes Paris unique—all in the comfort of a roomy sedan with insightful commentary from your personal bilingual driver/guide.