A Paris Guide Quartier Latin

France, Paris Guide (B): A Paris Guide Quartier Latin

Quartier Latin--- the name alone evokes images of bohemian Paris at its height. In spite of its indisputable gentrification and the loss of its former identity, the myriad streets surrounding what was the left bank's true student and intellectual center continues to attract tourists and Parisians who hope to discover, or possibly resurrect, a little of that electric sense of change we read of in Camus, Sartre and Beckett.

The heart of St. Michel is still the Place St. Michel (Metro St. Michel) with its baroque fountain of St. Michel killing a demon of some sort. This was once the site of numerous protests and social uprisings. One of the main events of French resistance to the occupying Nazis took place in the square, and in the now legendary riots of 1968, students took charge of the square in the face of tear gas and police clubs, declaring it an independent state! Odd as this may sound, it led workers to rally the same cause by announcing mass strikes, which led to the eventual fall of De Gaulle's government. This was once the "Washington Square Park" of Paris, filled with hippies, artists, writers, poets, dancers, musicians and art students. Now you are more likely to see the "Des Moines Bingo Club" on tour, en masse, zipped up in North Face and Gore-Tex as they climb the harrowing length of St. Michel in the extreme conditions of an late spring chill. ...... (follow the instructions below for accessing the rest of this article).
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Guide Name: A Paris Guide Quartier Latin
Guide Location: France » Paris
Guide Type: Self-guided Walking Tour (Article (B))
Sight(s) featured in this guide: Latin Quarter   Boulevard St. Germain   Boulevard St. Michel   Place St. André des Arts   Cluny Museum   Place Paul-Painlevé   Rue Monsieur Le Prince   Brasserie Balzar   rue Soufflot   Pantheon   Luxembourg Gardens   Palais du Luxumbourg   Rue de la Huchette   Shakespeare and Company Bookstore   church of St. Séverin   rue St. Séverin   Notre Dame   rue Galande   church of St. Julien le Pauvre   Le Petit Belloy   Villa des Princes   Hôtel des 3 Collèges   Hotel Fontaines du Luxembourg   Résidence & Spa Le Prince Régent  
Author: Matt Barrett
Read it on author's website: http://www.aparisguide.com/latin-quarter/index.html

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