Paris and its islands : History, myths and legends

How can one discover the genuine soul of ParisFrom the Place de laConcorde to the isle Saint Louis, passing by the Tuileries and the Louvre, the Pont Neuf and NotreDame-de-Paris cathedral, this is the historic heart of the city of Lightthat hides behind the old buildings and in the small alleys. During the walk, we will discover the many myths and countless legends, which will take us back in time, from the Gallo-Roman era to the present day. Discover Paris and its islands (île de la Cité and île de Saint-Louis).

The program

We will begin our afternoon at the Place de la Concorde, with its Egyptian obelisk and the largest sundial in the world, key location of the French Revolution. We will discover its history before going to the Jardin des Tuileries, to take a tour of the old fashioned carousel. Then we will walk to discover the Cour du Louvre and rue de Rivoli. By crossing the Pont-Neuf, we will arrive at the Île de la Cité, to the square du Vert-Galant. From here, we will take a boat ride, to see the main monuments of Paris and learn their history.

Through the Place Dauphine, we will see the peaceful life of Parisians – small cafes, pétanque players, flower pots at the windows. We will walk by the Conciergerie, the old majestic royal palace and the famous prison (it is at the Tour d’Argent that was held Marie-Antoinette), to the flower market of Elisabeth II, towards the Notre-Dame-de-Paris cathedral. Here, it is the reign of gargoyles and fantastic chimeras, which watch day and night the Zero Kilometer, considered as the beginning of the calculation of all the road distances. The small medieval streets of the île de la Cité are full of exciting stories that will transport us to the Middle Ages.

 Another last bridge, and here we are at Île Saint-Louis. Today, it is famous not only for its history, or for its architecture but its ice-cream maker, Monsieur Bertillon! The small shop operates the same way, just as it did more than fifty years ago, and tourists from all over the world (as much as Parisians) come to taste the 70 flavors of ice cream and sorbets, such as the iconic wild strawberry sorbet, or salted caramel ice cream.

Practical information about this cultural outing

During the visit, you will discover:

  • Why are Parisian boats called “Bateaux-Mouches”?
  • Who is the ghost of the Louvre Museum?
  • What is the bloodiest place in Paris?
  • Who invented the Gargoyles of Notre-Dame?
  • What is the terrifying mystery of the rue Chanoinesse, on the Île de la Cité?
  • What taste has the best ice cream in France?

3 hours approximately (each program is personalized according to the tastes and interests of the children)

Until 3 children: 361€
Overtime (beyond the 3 hours planned): 75 €/hrs

The guide
The children are accompanied by a bilingual professional with children’s experience who also has skills in art and history. She will thus be able to take care of the children and teenagers during the duration of this excursion (duration foreseen beforehand) but she will also serve as their guide by making them discover Paris in a privileged way.

Photographic credits : Sophie Derrien

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