What you'll do
It can sometimes feel as if the Eiffel Tower is famous for being famous, but what is it that really makes this symbol of Paris so special? On this experience you'll learn to truly appreciate what makes the Eiffel Tower unique. This experience is about going beyond ticking things off our “seen it, done that” bucket lists and discovering what most tourists miss out on; the sights and stories of the Eiffel Tower Neighborhood. We’ll step back in time to Paris's Golden Age, the “Belle Epoque”, to share the stories of the Eiffel Tower's construction, its great engineer Gustave Eiffel, the 1889 Paris World's Fair for which it was built, and the optimism, innovation and excitement which typify this era. Our walk starts and finishes at two of Paris’s must-see landmarks; Trocadero and the Eiffel Tower. Trocadero is famous for its Eiffel Tower viewing platform, but we’ll soon leave the crowds behind us in search of stunning views of the Tower only locals know about. But this neighbourhood has more to it than just the Tower! Get ready for cute streets, hidden gardens, beautiful architecture and lots of French history taking us all the way from Benjamin Franklin to the Nazi Occupation in World War Two. Bring your camera and your sense of wonder!
I guess it was probably visiting castles with my Dad as a boy that got me hooked on history, and I feel lucky to have been able to turn my passion into a career. I hold France's professional guiding license ("guide conféréncier") and have over six years’ experience guiding at Versailles and in Paris. But for me what makes this walk special is that it explores the area of Paris in which I live and work and I love to share it with people. When not guiding, you can find me teaching history to children in a Paris middle school close to where this walk begins. In both my roles I pride myself on making the past come alive in a way that’s entertaining, accurate and open to all. My French Revolution Walk has over 120 five-star reviews on airbnb: https://www.airbnb.fr/experiences/216064
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Where you'll be
Chaillot Palace: Built for the 1937 World Fair, famous for its viewing platform where Hitler once stood. Passy: A cute corner of Paris whose streets retain the memories of the village Benjamin Franklin once called home. Bir Hakeim Bridge: My favorite bridge in Paris, showcasing the style and industry of the Belle Epoque Champs de Mars: Home of the Eiffel Tower* and the 1889 World’s Fair. *we do not enter the Eiffel Tower.
Keep these in mind
Any experience can be cancelled and fully refunded within 24 hours of purchase.
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Up to 10 guests ages 8 and up can attend.
Please aim to arrive 10 minutes before the start of the experience; I will be there to greet you. If you are late, the experience may start without you :( We do not enter the Tower on this walk.
Eiffel Tower Neighborhood Walk