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Literary

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GlobeBleu offers only Bespoke programs. We tailor each itinerary to a specific customer's needs and interests. These experiences and itineraries are examples of what we can do.

Paris has long been a major literary capital—almost as much for Anglo-American writers as the French. Notables such as Oscar Wilde, James Joyce, Ernest Hemingway, Gertrude Stein, Edith Wharton, Paul Bowles, Ezra Pound, F. Scott Fitzgerald, James Baldwin and the Beat poets lived and wrote here. Depending on your literary interests, our expert guides can tailor a special tour through time with literary walks, readings and visits to special venues. Browse through Shakespeare and Company, where Henry Miller and Anaïs Nin hung out. Sip coffee, wine or pastis at the three haunts—Café de Flore, Brasserie Lipp and Les Deux Magots—favorites of the Black writers, Simon de Beauvoir and Jean-Paul Sartre. Dine in the restaurant where Benjamin Franklin actually mulled over and wrote drafts of the US Constitution. Drop into the hotel where Thomas Wolfe and Borges stayed and where Oscar Wilde died. Stroll through the Pere Lachaise cemetery, where Wilde, Molière, Proust, Balzac now rest. Marvel at the Pantheon, where Victor Hugo, Voltaire, Andre Malraux and Emile Zola are buried.  

See where Hemingway wrote The Sun Also Rises and where James Joyce published Ulysses, the studio where Gertrude Stein held literary court and the elegant apartment where Edith Wharton wrote Ethan Frome, the book that earned her place in the American Academy of Letters. Discover the “fleabag shrine”—named in honor of the beat poets—where Allen Ginsberg wrote the poem “Kaddish;” George Corso wrote his mushroom-cloud shaped poem “Bomb;” and William Burroughs finished The Naked Lunch. It was also home to many other striving musicians and artists.  

Now a luxury hotel, at the time, many of the rooms had windows facing the interior stairwell, so there wasn’t much light and hot water was only available on Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays. The linens were changed only once a month!  Interested in French writers? Our guides will take you to the homes of Victor Hugo on the Place des Vosges; the apartment of Honoré de Balzac in Passy, where he spent his waking hours editing The Human Comedy; and the Museum of Romantic Life, where you'll discover the home life and writing life of George Sand, among many others.

Includes
• Airport/train station transfers in a private car
• One night in a historic deluxe hotel in the Paris Latin Quarter
• A full day literary tour with expert guide in Paris
• Breakfast and lunch

Price does not include airfare to/from Europe. For travelers from North America, please note that you will probably have to start your travel to Europe one day  prior to the start date of the tour.

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