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A district doesn’t come out of nowhere : Discover the History of the Goutte d’Or, its urbanization and its gradual integration in Paris « intra-muros » (within Paris itself). You will learn about the different immigration waves as much as about the fauna and flora of the gardens and green spaces. It’s easy : just watch the sky and you’ll find all kinds of birds !
At the beginning, during the XIXth century, « Goutte d’Or » was only the name of a very small village separated from Paris by the wall of the Fermiers Généraux (General Farmers). The district appears and really develops when Louis Philippe is at the power: Industrialization is then the keyword of the organization of the city of Paris and the « Goutte d’Or » has a privileged place next to Gare du Nord. Workers can live there and go to the factory by train. Several new infrastructures will appear such as the St Bernard’s church. When the XVIIIth district of Paris was created, the « Goutte d’Or » became one of its four component. Since then, this quarter of the district has an original, joyful and popular identity which is never boring to comprehend.
By the way, City of Paris has made a report about this visit.
Jacky Libaud is an horticulturist and a lecturer since 2001.
He wishes to offer a complete experience by combining his knowledge of wildlife and flora of the Parisian region and his passion for History and Architecture. His structure Balade aux Jardins proposes a catalogue of visits of Parisian gardens, sites of the « petite couronne » (little crown) and naturalist walking tours of different parisian districts.
Don’t miss all the other interesting walking tours in the North-East of Paris proposed by the Comité Départemental du Tourisme of Seine-Saint-Denis.