Hemingway's Paris Audio Guide

Get to know how the City of Lights influenced and shaped the renowned author's life and work
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Duration
1 hour
Product Type
Audio Guide
Venues
  • Luxembourg Gardens
  • Église Saint-Sulpice
  • Panthéon
  • Latin Quarter
Preview Hemingway's Paris Audio Guide
Start: 74 Rue Cardinal Lemoine, Hemingway's First Home
Place de la Contrescarpe
Hemingway's Writing Studio
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Audio Guide Description
  • Put your map away and take your time walking the path of Hemingway's life in the 1920s as a local guides you through the city's through the writer's eyes
  • Hit play together and stroll the city or wander solo, but always with an expert in your ear as your personal guide

This tour may be impacted by the 2024 Paris Summer Olympics. You can find a map with the latest Olympics activity here.

Hemingway may have only lived in Paris between 1921 and 1928, but his years in the City of Light have come to represent the quintessential artist's experience. On this walking tour through the Latin Quarter with novelist and Context Travel expert, Samuél Lopez-Barrantes, you'll come to understand why Hemingway‘s seemingly perfect Parisian story serves as both inspiration and a cautionary tale for artists in search of fame and wealth. You'll hear about the transformative moments in Hemingway's life, including the mysterious trunk of lost manuscripts that birthed his groundbreaking theory of omission (or Iceberg Theory) and how his experience on the Italian Front during World War I impacted him.

Starting in front of the author's first Parisian home, you'll embark on a journey to see where young Ernest lived and worked. As you make your way through Place de la Contrescarpe to the studio where Hemingway spent his days writing, Samuél will tell you how Sherwood Anderson and Gertrude Stein, crucial mentors in Hemingway's inner circle, connected him with literary luminaries like James Joyce and Ezra Pound. You'll pass by the Church of Saint-Étienne-du-Mont, the steps featured in the film Midnight in Paris, and the Panthéon on your way to the Red Wheelbarrow Bookstore, where you'll hear about Hemingway‘s upbringing. From there you'll make your way through Jardin du Luxembourg (Luxembourg Garden) to see Hemingway's last home in Paris. Our tour ends at the location of the original Shakespeare and Company, the English-language bookstore where Hemingway first started reading the greats, meeting numerous authors, and learning about the art of fiction.

On this walking tour through the Latin Quarter, you'll:

  • Take in Hemingway's writing studio, which some Parisians don't even know about
  • Get a sense of how Gertrude Stein became one of Ernest‘s earliest mentors and supporters
  • Find out how, in 1923, Hemingway found his literary voice
  • See the location of the original Shakespeare and Company
  • Discover which artists were considered part of the Lost Generation, and what the term means
  • Hear about Hemingway's poignant love story with Agnes Von Kurowsky, a nurse whose Dear John letter altered the course of the writer's life 
  • Take in Place Saint-Sulpice and its church, featured in a 1933 novel by Zelda Fitzgerald
  • Learn how Sherwood Anderson's support shaped Hemingway's trajectory and also facilitated his integration into Paris' vibrant artistic community
  • Become familiar with Hemingway's time in the Italian Front and how he saved several soldiers from certain death, receiving the Italian War Merit Cross for his bravery
By the end of this 60-minute tour, you'll have seen 1920s Paris through the extraordinary lens of Hemingway and unraveled some of the myths around the iconic writer's time in the City of Light.
Meet Your Expert
Samuél

Samuél is a published novelist and musician who has lived in Paris since 2008. He holds an M.A. in European Society from University College London & an MFA in creative writing from Vermont College of Fine Arts. Samuél teaches creative writing at the Sorbonne, hosts the Paris Writers' Salon with a local literary legend John Baxter, and is also a singer/songwriter. Samuél's first novel, "Slim and The Beast (Inkshares, 2015) is a coming of age story set in North Carolina. His second novel, "The Requisitions" (Kingdom Anywhere, 2024) is a historical metafiction about history, memory, and the Nazi Occupation of Poland.

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Is closed captioning (i.e. subtitles) available?
Yes! All of our audio guides have the option to turn on closed captioning should you have difficulty hearing the expert.

How long does each event last?
Our recorded audio guides typically run for 75 minutes.

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Great, got me all the highlights, only complaint….it was too short
Very informative, interesting and easy to follow.
Perfect itinerary and wonderful storytelling for Hemingway (and literature) lovers! Samuel's audio guide helped connecting the dots, while covering unmissable historic monuments as well as some of the off-the-beaten-path part of Paris.