France Immigration Tour & La Goutte d'Or
Paris and La Banlieue
A Multicultural City
"This was a very interesting tour to us. It covered a lot of ground. . . It was interesting to hear the past as well as current day situations. Our guide was personable and interesting. He answered our questions and went deeper into areas we were interested in. It was great to understand Paris outside of our regular touring areas.
A Celebrated Paris Mosque: La Grande Mosquée
Yes, the neighborhoods we visit on this walk are very safe.
This will very likely come up as a point of discussion on the walk, and if it does not, please feel free to ask about it. It should be noted that Fox News' reported "No-Go-Zones" are baseless; no such zones exist. We will talk about how such fear-mongering claims come about and the dangers they present in perpetuating stereotypes.
No. Our tour will be focused on neighborhoods in central Paris, though we will certainly discuss the significance of the banlieues.
It depends on accessibility. We may take tea at the garden of La Grande Mosquée, and if possible, enter the mosque, but we usually don't enter any other religious sites.
We do cover extensive territory on this tour, and the route includes métro transfers. Please contact us with any questions; we will be happy to advise if this tour will be appropriate for you, and can design a private, customized tour for visitors with mobility concerns.
A native Parisienne, Nora teaches political science, and specializes in migration policies. She holds an undergraduate degree in sociology, a Master's in history as well as a PhD in political science. She has been teaching about immigration for several years and is quite passionate about her topic, which she experienced first hand spending several years abroad before coming back to France. Nora loves to share her enthusiasm about her hometown, which she knows pretty much inside out by now - although she feels that there is always more to discover in this city.
Arun teaches politics and modern history at the Institut Catholique de Paris (Catholic University of Paris) and the Paris center of the Council on International Educational Exchange. He has a Ph.D. in political science from the University of Chicago. His areas of specialization include the politics and history of North Africa (notably Algeria) and France, and immigration and international migration. An American/naturalized French citizen, he has been living in Paris since the early 1990s.
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