Entrée to Black Paris
Josephine Baker Tour in Le Vésinet
Entrée to Black Paris' most recently-created Josephine Baker walking tour is called "Josephine's Suburban Paradise." It unfolds in the Paris suburb of Le Vésinet, where Josephine Baker lived during the height of her long and illustrious career.
With a population of 17,000, Le Vésinet lies a mere 20 minutes to the west of Paris on the RER A railway line. Charming, quiet, and dotted with lakes and parks, the architecture of this town’s private homes is remarkable. One of its prizes is Le Beau Chêne, the mansion that Josephine Baker owned and called home for eighteen years.
The highlight of the walk is the visit to Le Beau Chêne. The property is private, so we are limited to a view of the mansion from the gate and a stroll around the perimeter of the 3.7-acre grounds. We provide detailed descriptions of the interior as well as anecdotes about events that took place in the mansion.
Other points on the walking tour include the church where Josephine worshiped. Nearby, at the town hall, participants will learn about her efforts to re-establish residency in Le Vésinet when she was facing eviction from Les Milandes, her chateau in the Dordogne.
The walk is designed for private groups of 10-15 persons. For more information, contact us at paris[at]entreetoblackparis[dot]com at least six weeks prior to your arrival date in Paris.