From Village To Green City
Quite aside from the Parisian hustle and bustle, the district of the Batignolles has remained through time a pure haven of peace, pleasant and necessary for whom is able to find it. A home for many artists (especially the Groupe des Batignolles, aka the future Impressionists), the “historical village” of the North of Paris differentiates itself from the rest of the city thanks to the general appearance of its buildings, but also to a small romantic park designed by Jean-Charles Alphand in the 19th cent. and above all to the brand-new Clichy-Batignolles project, a vast 54ha urban operation covering former SNCF railway wasteland.
Intimately linked to the creation of railways, the history of the Batignolles has long followed the quiet pace of a low-profile peaceful district where it is said that life is good and the air purer. The Batignolles in Paris is a former village that has been able to keep part of its soul to develop with time and play with history, which had separated the village from the city of Clichy in the 19th cent., reconnecting with Clichy through the ever surprising and colourful Clichy-Batignolles Martin-Luther-King park.
Frederic, your guide, lived in the Batignolles during the first months after his arrival in Paris. He invites you for a unique guided tour to discover another Paris, in this quiet piece of urban countryside, which has just found a new “flagship” with Renzo Piano’s new Palace of Justice. From the Place de Clichy you will wander around the historical streets of the district to then linger over two historical conceptions of urban parks, between mallard and skate-parks!
Highlights of your guided tour:
– Discover the heart of a former village aside from Paris!
– Follow the steps of the first Impressionists!
– Go back to the beginnings of the railway Paris!
– Enjoy two very different conceptions of urban parks!
TheWaysBeyond is a signatory to the Caring Attitude charter of the Paris Tourist Office.
In this sense, the guided walking tour “Another Paris: the Batignolles” complies with current health and safety instructions, with the guide wearing a face mask and respecting physical distancing practices and other government-recommended preventive measures.
Participants are asked to please wear a mask and respect physical distancing practices when walking together on the tour.