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Spend a fabulous week exploring the literary world of Paris with veteran journalist and author Alan Riding. Along with contributions from three of his writer friends, Alan will be shining a light on a city that has always revered journals, essays, plays, novels – and all who put pen to paper.

Little wonder that generations of authors have crossed the world to seek inspiration – and freedom – in the City of Light: where else could James Joyce’s Ulysses or Henry Miller’s Tropic of Cancer have escaped the censorship of their native lands?

We will look back at French literature across the centuries, from the playwrights of the Golden Age and the philosophers of the Enlightenment through 19th-century giants like Stendhal, Balzac, Flaubert, Hugo and Zola to 20th-century masters like Proust, Cocteau, Céline and Camus.

Talks by our literary experts will give context to these giants of the past and introduce us to contemporary French fiction. Each day, we will visit where these luminaries lived, loved and worked before they were eventually enshrined as statues and laid to rest alongside their peers. And, as our tours and visits will reveal, many of the secrets of the City of Light are to be found in its shadows.

YOUR LITERARY
TOUR HOST

Alan Riding

Alan Riding is a Brazilian-born Briton with deepening ties to Australia thanks to his three Sydney-born grandsons. During four decades travelling the world for The New York Times, he was its bureau chief in Mexico City, Rio de Janeiro, Rome and Paris. His last posting was as the paper’s European Cultural Correspondent, covering every art form from architecture to literature.

Author of the best-selling Distant Neighbours: A Portrait of the Mexicans and co-author of Essential Shakespeare Handbook and Opera, Alan’s most recent book,
And The Show Went On: Cultural Life in Nazi-Occupied Paris, will serve as the backdrop for one of his walking tours during this journey. A multilingual raconteur, he looks forward to sharing his knowledge and experience of the culture and literature
of a city that has been his home now for over 30 years.

“The world of the arts in Nazi-occupied Paris is brought to life in this meticulous chronicle of writers, dancers, filmmakers, theatrical producers, and others. ”

The New Yorker

Trip Highlights

Learn about the literary and cultural life of Paris.

Join Alan in discovering the hidden corners of the Luxembourg Gardens, where many writers are celebrated with statues.

Tour the Pantheon, where Alan will discuss the many French intellectual greats whose final resting-place lies in this former church.

Enjoy fine restaurants, including a private salon in the Hotel Lutetia, home to German Military Intelligence during the 1940-1944 occupation of France.

Visit the 16th century home of the mid-20th century poet-artist Jean Cocteau in the charming village of Milly-La-Forêt.

Learn about the literary and cultural life of Paris.

Join Alan in discovering the hidden corners of the Luxembourg Gardens, where many writers are celebrated with statues.

Tour the Pantheon, where Alan will discuss the many French intellectual greats whose final resting-place lies in this former church.

Enjoy fine restaurants, including a private salon in the Hotel Lutetia, home to German Military Intelligence during the 1940-1944 occupation of France.

Visit the 16th century home of the mid-20th century poet-artist Jean Cocteau in the charming village of Milly-La-Forêt.

Join Alan in discovering the hidden corners of the Luxembourg Gardens, many writers are celebrated with statues.
Discover the hidden corners of the Luxembourg Gardens.
Experience the sights of Paris with an expert literary guide.
Enjoy the sights of Paris with an expert literary guide.