Queer Women of Paris Tours

Our History

Uncover the trials and tribulations (and love triangles) of the literary women who flocked to Paris in the early 20th century to live openly queer lives.

Ernest Hemingway and James Joyce have this network of audacious literary women to thank for launching their careers and going out on a limb when no-one else would print them. Discover the daily routines of Gertrude Stein and Alice B. Toklas, their rivalry with Sylvia Beach, founder of Shakespeare and Company, and her lover Adrienne Monnier, the first woman to pioneer the lending library in France. Uncover Natalie Barney’s dreams of a lesbian utopia and her infamous salon. Learn about the tragically gifted Djuna Barnes just down the street; the prolific Janet Flanner who coined The New Yorker’s  iconic style, and Colette who struggled to pen her wildly successful books under her own name.

Starts: 27 rue de Fleurus, 75006 Paris

Ends: 20 rue Jacob, 75006 Paris

Saturdays, 4PM.

Run-time: 90 minutes.

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