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In the early 20th century, the Marne riverbanks were one of the Parisians' favorite spots for Sunday's walks and summer breaks. Follow your guide and discover this summer resort architecture, ranging from houses and villas surrounded by gardens, to the yacht harbour and the real Pont des Arts bridge.
Until the mid-nineteenth century, Nogent-sur-Marne was a farming village bordered by the famous river Marne. The banks of this river were not yet developed. The arrival of the railway, which connects Nogent with Paris center was to change everything.
From that period, it became very easy to spend a day or week-end in Nogent or to reside there while working in the center of Paris. To the country houses already present, were added many holiday villas and splendid mansions built on the banks of the Marne.
Nogent then became a residential area appreciated by many Parisians for fine weather. People came to walk and enjoy the many “guinguettes” (restaurants with dance and music), beaches, water sports and festivities.
This tour will immerse you in this story and allow you to discover the particular architecture of the villas situated on the Ile de Beauté (Beauty Island), the mysterious charm of the Ile des Loups (Wolves' Island), the authentic Pont des arts bridge installed on the yacht harbour, the magnificent Pavillon Baltard, one of the architectural remains of the famous Grandes Halles de Paris (which were replaced by Rungis market hall).
Be careful, this guided tour is available in french only ! You will be greeted in english by your guide but all the comments will be in french. Anyway, it would be a good opportunity to discover this part of Eastern Paris.