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Impressionism Paris: 25 Paris Walks in the Footsteps of Chanel, Hemingway, Picasso, & More

Forever Paris by Christina Henry de Tessan is a wonderful and unusual travel book, providing self-guided Paris walks in the footsteps of many famous characters who lived and loved Paris in the Impressionism & post-impressionism era.

All the characters listed in this book were artists, active in the vibrant Paris art scene of the 19th century. Most of the people mentioned in this book became famous painters, writers, musicians, poets, actors and fashion designers.

This unusual travel book provides a fascinating collection of self walking tours. Thse walks will take you to the bars where the authors wrote their famous books & to the cafes and restaurants where many hung out with fellow artists. In these places they sat for hours, discussing art, sharing new revolutionary ideas & planning exhibitions. You will find out where they lived and other significant landmarks that you would otherwise never know!

Paris walks - Cafe De Flore -  a favorite hangout of Picasso & other artists
Paris walks – Cafe De Flore – a favorite hangout of Picasso, Satre & many other artists
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“We got completely settled here ( Café de Flore): from 9 a.m. till noon we worked here, then we went for a lunch and at 2 p.m. were coming back and talked with friends till 8 in the evening. After the dinner we arranged meetings with friends here. It can seem strange but we are at home at the Café de Flore”

Jean-Paul Satre

Forever Paris includes photos and full-color maps. The first page is an overview of the individual’s life and their relationship to Paris. The next page is a detailed walking map with marked locations relevant to that person. For example, where they lived, their favorite hang-out, their working studio and other significant places.

The famous characters listed in this book that you can follow are listed below:

  • Pablo Picasso – Artist
  • Coco Chanel – Fashion designer
  • Ernest Hemingway – American journalist & novelist
  • Honore de Balzac – Writer
  • Josephine Baker – Entertainer, French Resistance agent, and civil rights activist
  • Simone de Beauvoir – Writer, intellectual, existentialist philosopher, political activist, feminist and social theorist.
  • Jean Paul Satre – Philosopher, playwright, novelist, screenwriter, political activist, biographer, and literary critic
  • Toulouse-Lautrec – Post-impressionism artist
  • Julia Child – American cooking teacher, author and television personality. She brought French cuisine to the American public
  • Edith Piaf – Singer
  • Emile Zola – Novelist, playwright and journalist
  • Auguste Rodin – Sculptor
  • Moliere (Jean-Baptiste Poquelin) – Playwright, actor and poet
  • Henri Cartier-Bresson – Photographer
  • Napoleon Bonaparte – Statesman and military leader 
  • George Sand – Amantine Lucile Aurore Dupin best known by her pen name George Sand was a French novelist, memoirist, and Socialist.
  • Yves Saint Laurent – Fashion designer
  • Audrey Hepburn – Actress
  • Victor Hugo – Writer
  • Marie Antoinette – The last queen of France before the French Revolution
  • Henry Miller – American writer and artist
  • Anais Nin – Writer
  • Claude Monet – Impressionism Painter
  • Henri Matisse – Artist
  • Sidonie-Gabrielle Colette – Writer

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For more information for travelling in the footsteps of the impressionists and post-impressionists, check out my article detailing a three day itinerary.