Walk Three - Scott and Hemingway

The walk 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. The Dingo Bar
    Site of the troubled first meeting between Hemingway and Fitzgerald.

  2. Cafe du Dome
    Celebrated in Hemingway's poem MONTPARNASSE and in his memoir A MOVEABLE FEAST.

  3. Closerie des Lilas
    Hemingway's preferred café, where he wrote part of THE SUN ALSO RISES, to which Fitzgerald made a significant contribution.

  4. Rue Fleurus
    Apartment borrowed from Gerald and Sara Murphy during Zelda Fitzgerald's ill-fated attempt to become a ballet dancer.

  5. Rue Ferou
    Former home of Hemingway and second wife Pauline.

  6. Rue Bonaparte
    various sites associated with incidents in A MOVEABLE FEAST.

  7. Rue de l'Odéon
    Site of Contact Editions, publisher of Hemingway's first book, and Sylvia Beach's bookshop Shakespeare and Company.

 Lunch at the former home of Sylvia Beach and Adrienne Monnier, site of encounter between Fitzgerald and James Joyce.

 

The friendship of  F. Scott Fitzgerald and Ernest Hemingway influenced the writing of both, but also created a rivalry that was played out in the streets of Paris. This walk visits some of the sites associated with their often stormy relationship.

 

Walk One

Walk Two

Testimonials

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“ Barbara and I have such wonderful memories of the day we spent with you in Montparnasse and in your flat. An unforgettable day”

Howard and Barbara Gradet - Baltimore, Maryland

“John, a very wonderful experience/day. The lunch chef deserves extra credit for the best quiche we had during the stay!”

Steve Kozey - Carmel, Indiana

“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.

“I did a walking tour with John Baxter through St. Germain last summer and his incredible knowledge made me feel like I was walking through history.”

Maria Bello, Hollywood, California