Gothic Paris - Castles & Cathedrals

Gothic Paris - Castles & Cathedrals
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$70.59
Duration: 2 hours
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Description

This is a private tour of the city's secret treasures....a visit of the few remaining remnants of the city that existed in the Middle Ages and Renaissance : the "old Paris" of hidden castles, imposing renaissance palaces & baroque mansions, medieval timbered houses, leafy courtyards hidden behind carriage doors, charming squares & public fountains. Along the way we will visit a few offbeat & charming boutiques - artisanal chocolatier, antique tea shop from 1692, Jewish deli, artisanal leather worker,...giving you the opportunity to experience the "real Paris".
You will learn about the city's history, its rich architectural & cultural background through researched commentary developed by a historian.
See Paris off the beaten path ! Come walk with me & experience the real Paris, not the one for tourists.
Paris has retained many of her most beautiful vestiges. Come explore this rich history with me.

We will start off by visiting a unique church that combines the best of baroque & gothic architectural features - which I will explain in detail.  We then stroll through the Marais, seeing medieval timbered houses, baroque mansions & villas, stopping off to view a medieval castle.
The tour continues through an small "village" of antiques dealers/shops, stopping off along the way at a designer chocolate-maker.  We will then visit the city's first baroque church, followed by the first Protestant church in Paris.  Then a baroque mansion from the 1600s, and on to the Place des Vosges where we will stop off in an artisanal handbag shop, an antique boutique selling teas, an artisanal honey shop...  Along the way we will be seeing renaissance fountains, private mansions from the 1500s-1600s...  And a visit to the city's Jewish quarter, first established in the 1200s.  We'll be stopping off in a (hidden) vestpocket park featuring urban farming projects, charming private courtyards hidden behind carriage doors...  finishing off in a Cistercian cloister from the 1200s.
The long tour - which covers the locations listed above - is 4 hours long in total.  This tour includes highlights from the Ile de la Cité & the Left Bank,   We will see the Conciergerie & La Sainte Chapelle - 2 of the original medieval royal residences.  Then on to a Cistercian university from the 1300s, the Sorbonne, Cluny (a medieval convent built on top of roman baths), the Luxembourg Palace & Gardens, the Pantheon, finishing the visit in a large medieval castle constructed in the 1300s to defend Paris during the 100-Year War. 
A fabulous visit you will remember for many years !

This is a private tour of the city's secret treasures....a visit of the few remaining remnants of the city that existed in the Middle Ages and Renaissance : the "old Paris" of hidden castles, imposing renaissance palaces & baroque mansions, medieval timbered houses, leafy courtyards hidden behind carriage doors, charming squares & public fountains. Along the way we will visit a few offbeat & charming boutiques - artisanal chocolatier, antique tea shop from 1692, Jewish deli, artisanal leather worker,...giving you the opportunity to experience the "real Paris".
You will learn about the city's history, its rich architectural & cultural background through researched commentary developed by a historian.
See Paris off the beaten path ! Come walk with me & experience the real Paris, not the one for tourists.
Paris has retained many of her most beautiful vestiges. Come explore this rich history with me.