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We all know a thing or two about Victor Hugo, particularly about his novels. Outside France, he is most known for his masterpieces novels Les Misérables (1862) and The Hunchback of Notre-Dame (1831). But Victor ‘Ego’ as he liked to call himself, is a very complex genius of all trades and also succeeded as a poet, a painter, a play writer, or as a political activist.
Paris is where Hugo’s spend most of his life, and with the extreme contextual changes that happened during his life, no surprise he got inspiration to write his romantic novels!
So everyone on the tour is on the same page, we’ll start with a comprehensive introduction on the character and his monumental work. What do you already know, and of course, what do you want to know! As we start walking towards the places he used to spend time in Paris, here is the first (obvious) stop: Notre Dame de Paris Cathedral. Why did Hugo decided to focus on this cathedral, and how could words on paper save an already 7th century old wobbly place of worship?
We will then keep hunting for traces of Victor Hugo in Paris, and understand why medieval times where so important for him to depict. We’ll come across gargoyles and chimeras, old medieval cobblestone streets, ancient churches and beautiful Gardens to understand the full complexity of the real character… He was also a serious womanizer, and an unconditional Human Rights partisan, and we’ve got a few stories to share!
We’ll end the story (well, the tour!) in 1885, in front of a iconic monument dedicated to France’s Great Men and Women, where he was given an impressive national funeral that no less than 2 million people attended. Taking about records!
Romain was AMAZING!!! I will 100% be recommending him to our friends! Our Louvre tour was one of my kids favorite things we did and they said it was because of Romain.
Highly recommend. Private tour is a great way to get more personalized insights on Paris history. Guide was very knowledgeable. Will definitely use again.
We have done several tours with Localers and they are definitely worth the money! We are pretty independent travelers, but there is no substitute for local knowledge. Localers has the best guides!
I did 2 tours with Localers and would enthusiastically do more when I return to Paris. The main reason is the quality of the tours themselves, the fact they are authentic experiences, and you learn so much!
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