Walk One - Odeon / St. Germain

I take individuals and small groups on literary walks around St. Germain and Montparnasse. Each lasts about 2 1/2 hours, and concludes with a light lunch in our apartment, in the building formerly the home of Sylvia Beach, proprietor of the original Shakespeare and Company bookshop.

The cost for walks is €150 for individuals, €100 per person for groups up to ten persons, then by arrangement thereafter. All prices include lunch.



  1. Rue de Vaugirard
    Home of Ernest Hemingway and second wife, Pauline Pfeiffer. Musée Luxembourg, which Hemingway visited to view Cezanne paintings. Hotel where William Faulkner wrote part of SANCTUARY. Home of surrealist Man Ray.

  2. Place St Sulpice Café de la Marie
    Djuna Barnes wrote NIGHTWOOD here. Hung out with Henry Miller. Rimbaud recited LE BATEAU IVRE (The Drunken Boat) for the first time here in 1871.

  3. Rue de l’Odéon
    Site of original Shakespeare & Co. bookshop. House where Thomas Paine wrote THE RIGHTS OF MAN. Home of Shakespeare & Co. proprietor Sylvia Beach.

  4. Cour Commerce
    Ancient back street, unchanged since 1774.  Guillotine invented here. Printery of Marat (murdered in his bath). Paris’s oldest café, the Procope (Benjamin Franklin ate here.)

  5. Rue de Seine. Café Tournon
    Meeting place of 1950’s African-American writers  Richard Wright, James Baldwin, Chester Himes.


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“ John had an incredible depth of knowledge on Hemingway. He has given us a true sense of what it was like to walk in his footsteps and experience his life as it may have been in Paris.  His expertise extended far further into the history, art and architecture of Paris.  A fantastic experience.  'Exceptional' would be an understatement.”

J and K, New York City

“What worked was John's articulate, knowledgeable and detail-oriented talk, and his obvious passion for these literary larger-than-life characters that history has given us. We also appreciated John's love of Paris; how he integrated the history, architecture, politics and other artistic and social dynamics with the focus of the tour. We especially liked his humour and frankness, and of course, his favourite coffee shop.”

CBK, New Orleans

“John Baxter’s walking tour was the unqualified highlight of my recent trip to Paris. I thought I was old friends with the sixth arrondissement, but John re-introduced me and made me fall in love with it all over again”

Patrick McGiligan - Milwaukee, Wisconsin

“I just wanted to thank you for a terrific day. I really enjoyed the walk and learning so much more about Paris and the characters who had lived there. Thanks for an informative and insightful experience. ”

K.F. Sydney, Australia

“Our time with you was the high point of our Paris visit: exercise, history, culture, wine, cheese, good conversation, camaraderie. ”

J and P. Q. Auckland, NZ

“Having visited Paris many times and read all the books about the great authors of the first half of the 20th century, I thought I was well-versed. Then I accompanied John Baxter on a walk through St Germaine, and he opened windows onto the lives, works and haunts of Fitzgerald, Hemingway, Harry Crosby, John dos Passos and Co, and brought their magical world to life. John is a wise and charming guide,  and a wander through Paris in his company is highly recommended. ”

Larry W., Sydney, Australia

“John, our walk on Friday was a huge success for each of us. You took us to amazing places which we would have passed unnoticed without you. Your funny, revealing, and often surprising account of the Paris you so obviously love drew us closer too. The wonderful lunch in your home was the perfect tonic after our labors. When the new books hit the street, we'll be all over them.”

Sharon, Larry, Mary & Glenn, San Francisco, Cal

“A heart-felt “thank you” for the wonderful walking tour of Montparnasse, the fascinating stories and conversation, and the delicious luncheon at your beautiful apartment.  How wonderful to be able to live in the midst of history, walk in the steps of such literary giants and artists, and step out on your balcony for not only a lovely street view, but also a fabulous view of Montmartre and Sacre Coeur.  Cheri and I will talk fondly about the experience for the rest of our lives.  ”

Linda B. Boston, Mass.