Walk our Latin Quarter, Lower Montmartre and Little Africa tours and relive the times and challenges of the writers, artists, intellectuals, musicians and entertainers who called these neighborhoods home.
Daily, subject to availbility
Join Walking The Spirit Tours, the original Black Paris Heritage tours since 1994. You’ll love the versatility, blend Black heritage with delightful discovery of the city and regions. Your experience can be as boundless as your curiosity and time!
Join us for ONE, TWO or ALL THREE of our special neighborhood walking tours. Not only will you gain valuable insight into African-American expatriate and Diaspora life but get an up close look at what makes these streets buzz.
Come stand in the same doorway James Baldwin crossed, or browse the market the Beboppers shopped. You’ll also get to peek in the café where Richard Wright jotted his notes, study the landscape that inspired Lois Mailou Jones‘ paintings, stand beneath the marquee where the Harlem Hellfighters first jazzed up Paris, and stroll Josephine‘s and Bricktop‘s neighborhood.
Also available – private Spirit of Black Paris bus tours, combo walking/bus tours. And multi-day tour adventures throughout France, London, Amsterdam and beyond!
NEW! DVD “When African Americans Came To Paris” http://www.africanamericansinparis.com/
Tour 1, Walking Latin Quarter/St Germain – Writers, Artists & Intellectuals This tour begins at the Josephine Baker Square in Montparnasse then heads to the centre of Paris. Travel the backstreets to retrace where Chester Himes dreamed up prize-winning detective novels, Richard Wright jousted with French intellectuals, and Gordon Heath strummed his folk guitar. Bud Powell’s wife served up home food here, Lois Mailou Jones painted her way across the city and Henry O. Tanner painted his way into the Louvre.
Also: Ira Aldridge, Hale Woodruff, Meta Vaux Warrick, Miles Davis, Claude McKay, Victor Séjour and more.
This area is home to bookshops of all cultures and tastes, the venerable Sorbonne University, art house cinemas, existential cafes and the city’s original art gallery district. Enlightening.
Duration: 3 hrs
Tour 2, Walking Lower Montmartre/Pigalle – The Entertainers Let us take you back to Harlem in Paris of the Roaring 20s! Between the Moulin Rouge to the north and Bricktop’s cabaret to the south, this entertainment district became the birthplace of Europe-centered jazz after WWI.
Includes: Josephine Baker, Sidney Bechet, Langston Hughes, Bud Powell, Florence Mills, Leroy Haynes Soul Food Restaurant, the birth of French jazz, and the fascination for African art.
Duration: 2 ½ hours
Tour 3, Walking ‘Africa in Paris’ – Chateau Rouge/La Goutte d’Or Between the KFC, the bountiful fresh fish and exotic produce in the open-air market, the mosques, the hair shops, micro tailor and fabric shops, this Muslim and Catholic neighborhood feels, looks, and lives like no other quartier in the city. Fascinating.
Duration: 3 hours Available walking only.