Paris 1920 : Lost Generation Writers of the Left Bank

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)

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  • What's included :
    • Local guide
    • A tablet is used by the guide to present photo & video documentation, and for reading excerpts of works from each author
    What's excluded :
    • Transportation to & from meeting point
    • Food & beverage not included
    • Cost of tasting not included
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    Stop At: Boulevard St. Germain, Paris France

    We start off by seeing the famous cafés that were popular with the Lost Generation writers - Les Deux Magots, Le Café de Flore & the Brasserie Lipp where Hemingway would go for cheap eats

    Duration: 5 minutes

    Stop At: Odeon, Odeon, Paris, Ile-de-France

    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, Rue de Medicis Rue de Vaugirard, 75006 Paris France

    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: Place du Pantheon, 75005 Paris France

    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, 139 rue Mouffetard, 75005 Paris France

    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

  • Departure Point :
    1 Place Saint-Germain des Prés, 75006 Paris, France
    Return Detail :
    Place Monge, 75005 Paris, France
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    • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
    • Wheelchair accessible
    • Stroller accessible
    • Service animals allowed
    • Near public transportation
    • Transportation is wheelchair accessible
    • Most travelers can participate
    • Please note that I have been vaccinated but will wear a mask nevertheless
    • This experience requires a minimum number of travelers. If it’s canceled because the minimum isn’t met, you’ll be offered a different date/experience or a full refund
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    • Face masks required for travelers in public areas
    • Face masks required for guides in public areas
    • Hand sanitizer available to travelers and staff
    • Social distancing enforced throughout experience
    • Gear/equipment sanitized between use
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Organised by Visit the Hidden Paris

Activity ID: V-71076P18

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