“Paris haussmannien” Tour

On Saturday 14 December, British Conservatives in Paris were delighted to welcome some of our friends from the British Conservative Association of Luxembourg. The afternoon saw us following our expert, erudite and eloquent architectural guide, Michael Barker, on a walking tour of ‘le Paris haussmannien’. Highlights included the grand, semi-circular dining room of the InterContinental Paris Le Grand hotel, and the famous Salon Goncourt chez Drouant. Michael has kindly made available the text which provided the basis of his tour. After visiting so many ‘salles à manger’, it was only natural that, in the evening, we should gather at a restaurant in the Quartier Latin with other members to celebrate Christmas, with carols (partly to drown out the local musicians), a toast to the Queen (members were dispensed, navy-style, from standing up, given the tight fit in the cellar cut into the ancient rock of the Montagne Sainte-Geneviève), and some excellent Christmas pudding. We issued forth into the night, perfectly ready for the many battles of 2014.
Photographs from the walking tour can be found on our Facebook page here:
https://www.facebook.com/pages/British-Conservatives-in-Paris-BCiP/239933179405173?ref=hl

Jeremy Stubbs
Chairman BCiP