Live Virtual Tour: Saint-Germain-des-Prés with Gil Soltz

Live Virtual Tour: Saint-Germain-des-Prés with Gil Soltz


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Join a local Parisian expert, live from the streets of Paris’ Saint-Germain-des-Prés, as we explore first-hand sites such as the Luxembourg Gardens, the École des Beaux-Arts, and Le Bon Marché. Our live, visual narrative will venture through the Left Bank providing an exclusive look at one of the cities most chic residential neighborhoods, in the shadow of Notre Dame de Paris.

Having been inhabited since the middle ages, this segment of the 6th and 7th arrondissements boasts a tremendous concentration of landmark monuments. After a geographic orientation, we will virtually stroll together through streets that were once open fields with abbeys, monasteries, and royal residences. Today, the classic architecture of this quarter’s famous boutiques and galleries provides the quintessential imagery that comes to mind when we dream of Paris.

The story of Saint Germain, a neighborhood that was once a bustling marketplace and home to clergy, royalty, and the arts, has since the 19th century been the inspiration for the Flâneur and French noble intelligentsia. During our stroll, there will be the chance to dive into its historical context, which is closely intertwined with the Haussmann era, postwar expatriates, and modern-day hip and haute couture.

Led by expert fiction writer, Gil Soltz, this virtual tour will allow participants to experience the rich history and electric energy of this famous arrondissement. Designed to inform curiosity as well as future travels, participants will come away with a sense of the charisma which makes this quarter of Paris so spectacular.

This virtual tour is part of a series by Gil Soltz. Each virtual tour can be joined independently and in any order.

A native of San Diego, Gil graduated in Politics and English from Brandeis University and later earned two Master's degrees: the first in Public Administration from New York University, and the second a Master of Fine Arts in Creative Writing. After earning his MFA and producing his first book, Gil moved to Paris for a Parisienne and hasn't looked back. For over a decade Gil has lived, written, worked, and led tours in Paris. His background in literature - both canonized and contemporary - combined with his understanding of the inner workings of cities have enabled Gil to tell his narratives as experiences and provide unique insights into Parisian life.

This conversation is suitable for all ages.

90 minutes, including a 30 minute Q&A.

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Elizabeth Carlson (Minneapolis, US)
Enjoyable as always

I enjoyed the walk through a neighborhood I spent time in during my first trip to Paris in 2019 and I'll be back there someday.

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Susan G (Wilmette, US)
Walks the Streets of Paris with Gil

Walking the streets of Paris with Gil is a fantastic experience. He weaves history and culture together as he explores the sites of this beautiful city. I hope he continues to offer more virtual tours.

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Elaine (Dallas, US)
My 6th walking tour with Gil!

I have been on six walks through Paris with Gil and every single one of them has been a pure delight. Gil is the consummate guide, blending historical facts with present day insights on the various districts, and I especially like how he points out places I definitely would have missed if I were walking on my own. His technical skills are also fantastic as he merges still shots with live video, plus he answers questions as they appear n the chat so it's like he is having a conversation with you. Highly recommend these walks!

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Renee (Fairport, US)
Another great tour with Gil!

Since I can't go back to Paris, I've been doing live tours with Gil Soltz. Today's visit to Saint Germain-des-Pres was another great experience. Gil really does his research to make the tour so interesting. I hope more tours are planned for other areas of Paris. I've done all of them, and can't wait to do more!!!

Customer Reviews

Based on 13 reviews
92%
(12)
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Elizabeth Carlson (Minneapolis, US)
Enjoyable as always

I enjoyed the walk through a neighborhood I spent time in during my first trip to Paris in 2019 and I'll be back there someday.

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Anonymous (Pleasant Hill, US)

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Susan G (Wilmette, US)
Walks the Streets of Paris with Gil

Walking the streets of Paris with Gil is a fantastic experience. He weaves history and culture together as he explores the sites of this beautiful city. I hope he continues to offer more virtual tours.

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Elaine (Dallas, US)
My 6th walking tour with Gil!

I have been on six walks through Paris with Gil and every single one of them has been a pure delight. Gil is the consummate guide, blending historical facts with present day insights on the various districts, and I especially like how he points out places I definitely would have missed if I were walking on my own. His technical skills are also fantastic as he merges still shots with live video, plus he answers questions as they appear n the chat so it's like he is having a conversation with you. Highly recommend these walks!

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Renee (Fairport, US)
Another great tour with Gil!

Since I can't go back to Paris, I've been doing live tours with Gil Soltz. Today's visit to Saint Germain-des-Pres was another great experience. Gil really does his research to make the tour so interesting. I hope more tours are planned for other areas of Paris. I've done all of them, and can't wait to do more!!!