Le Paris des Grands Hommes

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About this app

The application offers walks in Paris in the footsteps of men and women illustrious.

For each personality, an offline map is proposed, indicating the places that marked its existence, or served as a frame for an ordinary episode of his life.

We do not sort between the big story and the little anecdote. Each one has his poetry. If you go in the footsteps of Balzac, you can discover, for example, the bucolic house where he wrote part of the Comédie Humaine, on the heights of Passy, ​​as well as the location of the pastry boulevard des Italiens, where, On the 10th of April, 1839, he stumbled across Stendhal and complimented him on his Chartreuse of Parma. Similarly, if you decide to follow Verlaine, you will find him in the former premises of Rat Mort, place Pigalle, where he used to drink with Rimbaud, but also, more trivially, in the rue Montmartre where, July 24, 1890 as the poet approached the end of his life, Pierre Louÿs crossed him staggering with drunkenness.

Each place is accompanied by a description that includes, as much as possible, the testimonies of the personalities themselves or witnesses of their lives, reporting on their presence. You will discover Berlioz telling how he fell asleep on a table of the Cardinal (1, boulevard des Italiens) in 1827, the Goncourt brothers analyzing the attitude of Baudelaire Café Riche (16, Boulevard des Italiens) in 1857, Rimbaud describing his room at the Hotel de Cluny (8, rue Victor Cousin) in 1872, Simone de Beauvoir sketching the atmosphere of the café Flore (172 Boulevard Saint-Germain) in the 1940s, and many others.

On the one hand, we collected a large number of archival images, and on the other photographed the current Paris, in order to allow you to compare the images of the places as they were before and as they are today. 'hui. Charm of technology: a little "swipe", a swipe of the finger on the screen allows you to jump from one era to another.

You will see places that have not changed an inch, like the Luxembourg Garden of the 1840s, where Banville says befriended Baudelaire. And others that no longer exist like the Rue de la Vieille-Lanterne, where Nerval was found hanged on a winter morning in 1855. A red and gray color code gives the distinction.

History enthusiasts will find material to expand their learning, but this is not the main interest of this application. We have been less interested in creating educational walks than poetic walks, where it is not a matter of educating oneself, but of seeing and feeling. See, in imagination, the shadows of the great men and women who have passed where we pass. Feel the emotions they themselves have felt in these places: the joy of Molière as a child, going to see plays at the Hotel de Bourgogne, rue Etienne Marcel; the anxiety of Dumas at the age of twenty, when, when he had come up from his province, he knocked at the door of General Foy, in the Rue de la Chaussee d'Antin, hoping to obtain any kind of employment; the enthusiastic enthusiasm of Hernani's partisans at the Comédie-Française on February 25, 1830 ... Feeling also the passage of time, the historical and human density of stones, the weight of our heritage ...

We invite you to tell us what you think, either in the comments, or by sending us an email to this address: contact@leparisdesgrandshommes.fr

We wish you a good walk!
Updated on
Dec 3, 2019

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