Parisian Tour for 5 or 10 with Black Paris Tours
More than just names and dates, Black Paris Tours helps guests get their bearings as quickly as possible and get up to speed on the Parisian "cultural cues". Guests also learn how to navigate the city's metro and bus system, find the best places to change money, the best restaurants, the best local festivals and markets, museums, night clubs, and day trips into the French countryside.
About the Tour
We meet at a quaint restaurant near the Champs Elysees for your Black Paris Orientation! We then stroll over to the Arc de Triomphe, where your guide tells of the first great wave of African Americans coming to Paris in the 1800s. We describe the exploits of Black soldiers who distinguished themselves on French battle fields during World Wars I and II and the Champs Elysees Mansion where Thomas Jefferson and Sally Hemings came together in 1787, the beginning of a 38 year relationship.
--Visit the world famous concert hall where celebrated African American singers and jazz musicians performed... from Louis Armstrong, to Duke Ellington and from Miles Davis to Jessye Norman.
--See the Parc Monceau to follow in the footsteps of Frederick Douglass, Dr. W.E.B. Dubois, Henry O. Tanner, Mary Church Terrell, Ida B. Wells, Carter G. Woodson, Countee Cullen, Bessie Coleman, Langston Hughes, and Mary McCloud Bethune.
--See the statue dedicated to Alexandre Dumas... the most famous French writer in history. With the Haitian Embassy overlooking this square, you’ll hear the story of Toussaint L’Ouverture, who led the successful 1791 revolt... making Haiti the first free Black Republic in the new world.
--Place Concorde is home to the oldest monument in Paris today, the African Obelisk.... an astronomical device used to chart the sun and the stars at the Temple of Thebes in Luxor.
--See the theater where Josephine Baker exploded on stage in “La Revue Negre” in 1925 and where she opened her second “Chez Josephine” nightclub in 1937. This ends the two-thirds day tour.
--Enjoy a finger-licking “late lunch” with locals from Mali, Senegal, Cote d’Ivoire or the island of Maurice. Even if you've never tasted African cuisine before, Chicken Yassa, Beef Maffe, Fish Tcheb, plantains (Aloko) and drinks like Bissap, Gingerbeer and Boabab juice will have you licking your fingers and sipping the last drop from your glass!
--After a late lunch, stroll through the Marche in "Little Africa"..... like a quick trip to Dakar, Accra or Abidjan. For the very hearty, your tour ends with mint tea and beignets in La Goutte d'Or.
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