My "walk insolite" is a creative exploration--a fictional invention that takes you into a story I've written especially for a particular neighbourhood.
What can you expect? On November 18, we'll be walking through Butte aux Cailles in 1871...into the days that followed the defeat of the Commune. Hope seems crushed, and yet the indefatigable spirit of a Paris guttersnipe pulls the streets back to life. Come walk into a story inspired by the democratic hopes of the Commune...and the mysterious water that springs beneath this neighbourhood.
How can we imagine Paris after the 1871 Commune? Follow me on a walk through a forgotten part of Paris history, while I conjure a story about survival in times of political upheaval.
"Parisians ! The struggle we have commenced cannot be abandoned, for it is a struggle between the past and the future, between liberty and despotism, equality and monopoly, fraternity and servitude, the unity of nations and the egotism of oppressors." (from John Leighton's PARIS UNDER THE COMMUNE)
Come walk into the pages of an historical fiction, brought to life by writer Lisa Pasold. www.lisapasold.com
On Sunday, November 18, 2012, the 90-minute walk begins at 3:30pm in front of Les Gobelins--the corner of rue de Croulebarbe & Ave des Gobelins (metro Gobelins or Place d'Italie). The walk costs 8 euros. Please wear comfortable shoes and dress for the weather; we'll walk rain or shine. As always, after the walk, we'll go to a cafe after the walk.
Note - bring an empty bottle or travel-mug with you...why? it's a surprise.