Napoleon in Paris, Episode 58

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Categories: French History, Paris

Today we discuss Napoleon in Paris. Specifically how Napoleon changed Paris physically and how he left his mark on all French institutions.  Under Napoleon France transformed itself from the "Ancien Régime" to a "modern" society. We don't discuss the Napoleonic conquests, but rather his long-lasting influence on France.

Ariane Villette has been a tour guide for 5 years, she's originally from the Champagne region, but she went to Paris to study art history at the Louvre and Nanterre and has been working there ever since.

Napoleon in Paris

Napoleon was an unlikely ruler. He wasn't destined to rule France by birth. His talent, determination, and favorable circumstances took him to the top. In the episode we talk about where he came from and why that matters. We also talk about his love story with his wife Josephine and the role she played in his life.

Outside of France Napoleon is known for his military conquests, both successful and disastrous. But in France we know about him because he was the initiator of many French institutions that are still alive and well today. Napoleon was also a fan of monuments. He commissioned many that you can still see in Paris today.

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Discussed in this Episode

  • Colonne Vendôme
  • La Madeleine Church
  • Arc de Triomphe
  • Arc de Triomphe du Carrousel
  • Les Invalides
  • Island of Corsica
  • Island of Elba
  • The Louvre Becomes a Museum
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Paris Restaurant Recommendation

Ariane loves the restaurant called Auberge Pyrénées Cévennes
106, rue de la Folie Méricourt 75011 Paris which was featured in the Jean Dujardin movie OSS 117. It's traditional French food and it's very good.

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Categories: French History, Paris

One Reply to “Napoleon in Paris, Episode 58”

  1. Dear Ariane: Are you no longer working with Viator Tour. I’m writing a book about partly my experience in Paris. And I mean need to ask you some questions.

    Sincerely, Ralph Edsell