- You’ll visit the spot where the Treaty of Paris was signed to end the Revolution.
- Jean-Manuel has given Paris tours to American senators and ambassadors!
- You’ll visit the grave of Lafayette, the French general who helped win the American Revolution.
- You’ll see Thomas Jefferson’s favorite building in Paris!
The American Revolution in Paris
Starting with a dead man? Yes. But not just any dead man: Marie-Joseph Paul Yves Roch Gilbert du Motier. Still confused? This may lend clarity: Gilbert du Motier, Monsieur le Marquis de Lafayette. With a proper name, this hero should need no introduction to anyone interested in the American Revolution.
You will stand by his very grave! And it’s not all downhill after this, because you shall visit the haunts of no less than Benjamin Franklin, and you’ll see the favorite building in Paris of Thomas Jefferson. You will visit places where the peace treaty with England, and the friendship, trade and alliance treaty with France were signed. And that’s just for starters.
Not entirely for nothing was a book called Paris, birthplace of the USA! Being guided by Jean-Manuel on that tour is an even better choice, because he has been not infrequently chosen by the Community Liaison Office of the American Embassy to guide American Ambassadors and Senators.
To start your American Revolution in Paris tour, you’ll meet Jean-Manuel at the cemetery where Lafayette is buried. Picpus district is far from the most monument-rich areas of Paris, which is exactly why you have to make the most of the opportunity to see it. Hidden within a garden, looked after by a nun congregation, this cemetery seems not to have changed since 1834 when Lafayette left this world.
Then, you will be taken to the other side of town, to see Benjamin Franklin’s first residence in what is now the south part of the posh 16th district. Also Jean-Manuel’s head-quarter, you’ll feel in the best hands and accompanied by the best go-between for such a tour.
You keep your car to see his statue (Ben’s, not Jean-Manuel’s!) at the tip of a street that bears Franklin’s name. You’ll head towards Washington’s statue. Sword drawn, the “Father of the Nation” pranced around on Place d’Iéna. You’ll pass by the Pershing Hall of the American Legion, and on Place des Etats-Unis, the Jefferson public garden houses a touching plaque referring to the “giants” that won Yorktown Battle. Then, you go all to the way to Place de l’Etoile, where there will be a surprise, quite enlightening.
Down the Champs-Elysées, you will be shown a commemorative plaque locating Thomas Jefferson’s residence and you leave your car Place de la Concorde. There, the Hotel de Coislin saw Franco-American friendship being made official. From there you’ll walk towards the Seine’s left bank and other important locations.
Such as Hotel d’York. Here, North America’s history experienced a capital turning point in 1783. Jean-Manuel will lead you then to Café Procope, where it’s absolutely appropriate to end the tour, speaking about the American Revolution opens the gate to the French one.
Meeting Address: 35 Rue de Picpus, 75012 Paris - In front of 35 rue de Picpus. Closest metro station: Picpus (line 6)
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