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Avant-première: Fabric of Paris walking tours

A call for volunteers

Step back in time: historical guided tours in Paris

It’s been a while since I’ve written any new material for Fabric of Paris. That’s largely because I’ve been working on something else. Something I’m very excited to announce here: Fabric of Paris walking tours.

The idea of operating walking tours came to me about a year ago. I love telling others about Paris (some would say I love the sound of my own voice) so tours seemed a natural extension of this blog. But it’s taken time to get from that germ of an idea to something more concrete.

While the Fabric of Paris tours might be unlikely fodder for a first visit to Paris, I’m confident anyone who follows this blog will find them fascinating. In one, we trace the architectural history of this beautiful city with a walk along a single street. In the other, we wander the 13th arrondissement, tracing its industrial past – and its evolving present.

This is where you, loyal reader, come in. Before I can make this a regular thing, I need volunteers to help me stress-test the tours. In exchange for an engaging, thoroughly-researched tour, I ask only for two things: your patience in areas which lack polish; and your honest feedback afterwards to help me perfect it. If that sounds like a good deal, and if you have a spare weekend morning or afternoon at some point in the next few months, please get in touch and let’s work something out!

Below is a quick presentation of each tour. Note that although I’m using the term “walking tour”, both tours should also be accessible on a wheelchair.

Réaumur: a history of Paris in one street

Corner terrace building with Société Générale logo showing on ground floor. A tower on the corner features a dome, with a clock at the top
The rue Réaumur is lined with fascinating buildings from throughout the history of Paris.
Benjamin Chadwick [CC BY-SA 4.0]
The Palais Garnier opera house
The tour concludes with the Opéra Garnier (unfortunately behind scaffolding until the end of 2024).
Benjamin Chadwick [CC BY-SA 4.0]

Postindustrial Paris: the legacy of industry in the 12th and 13th arrondissements

Old-looking sign, surrounded by overgrown vegetation, with an old SNCF logo, signalling the entrance to the ENTREPÔTS DE PARIS-GOBELINS
The Gare des Gobelins, a former railway station, features in the Postindustrial Paris tour.
Benjamin Chadwick [CC BY-SA 4.0] via Instagram
Stone-faced building with the words GRANDS MOULINS DE PARIS. In the foreground are trees and a pedestrian path
The Grands Moulins, another stop on the Postindustrial Paris tour.
Benjamin Chadwick [CC BY-SA 4.0] via Instagram

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