September 9th, 2009 11:20 EST
African-American Tours of Paris Expanding Far and Wide
Walking The Spirit Tours is known for its excellent in-depth tours through Black Paris and are now expanding further into France and North America.
Walking The Spirit Tours, the premier provider of guided tours through Black Paris, is expanding its exciting series of walking and bus tours. Existing tour content has been enhanced to include more women, in particular early 20th century artists, as well as the dynamic entertainers and entrepreneurs of the 1920s Black Montmartre. Geographically, the tours now reach beyond the Paris borders to include Normandy and the south of France. Going even further, the company that specializes in Black heritage tours is now offering compelling guided tours of Black Washington, D.C. and following Harriet Tubman`s Underground Railroad to Southern Ontario, in Canada.
Since 1994 Walking The Spirit Tours has been walking Black history fans through Paris` two centuries of appreciating and supporting African-American culture. More and more people are aware of this amazing wealth of history concentrated in one city; naturally they want to know what else happened near here, " explains company founder Julia Browne.
One new tour allows private individuals the rare and thrilling opportunity to visit Richard Wright`s former farmhouse, which is tucked away in a tiny village of Normandy. The visit continues to the arts colony where he composed haiku, Japanese-style poetry, and where residents still remember him.
Heading south, Walking The Spirit Tours lends its owner`s intimate knowledge of France to organizing awe-inspiring trips to Josephine Baker`s former chateau, now a permanent exhibit, and memorial site, and the surrounding southwest region of France.
Particularly attuned to travelers` evolving interests, Walking The Spirit Tours gives visitors to Paris a chance to replicate the recent whirlwind itinerary of President Obama and his family, in similar high style. Visitors are whisked in a luxury vehicle to Notre Dame Cathedral, Georges Pompidou modern art centre, the Eiffel Tower, and dine at the same exclusive restaurant.
Widening its focus to Black achievement in North America, Walking The Spirit Tours is pleased to offer a fascinating combination vehicle and walking tour of Black Washington. No cookie-cutter tour, each traveler`s special interests are built onto a skeleton itinerary. The day begins with an orientation breakfast at the legendary Ben`s Chili Bowl restaurant, and includes the homes of native son Duke Ellington and of Anna Julia Cooper who earned her PhD at Paris` Sorbonne University at 66. It can then focus on entertainment, women, arts, educators, politicians, and the church to create an eclectic mix and match that might include Black Broadway, headquarters of the National Council of Negro Women, African-American Civil War Memorial, Frederick Douglass` church, and many other sites.
Walking The Spirit Tours was created in 1994 by former Paris resident, Julia Browne. The company and its local African-American guides proudly maintain their mission to share their passion for Black history with learners of all ages and backgrounds. Walking The Spirit Tours provides walking and bus tours, creates personalized itineraries, and gives wonderful presentations on the Black presence.
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Contact: Julia Browne