While the Left bank has always been associated with progressive notions and free, frivolous thinking of the artists, writers and philosophers, the Right Bank was the seat of the French power. It is no wonder that the Great Revolution was planned out on the Left Bank, but carried out on the Right.
A 2-hour walk on the Right Bank is therefore a very different experience compared to a visit to the Left Bank, the home to the Latin Quarter and Saint-Germain. Whereas there we can find traces of speculating (but often fun loving) idealists leaving their imprints on the surroundings, here we find the somber and strict expression of authority.
As you take in the buildings of the Right Bank your guide will compare the way this image of authority was constructed and seen in medieval times as well as the neoclassical period. We will delve deeply into the function and symbolical value of the French love for symmetry.
We will also discover some places who even in the midst of all this seriousness have found a way to be relaxed, subversive and even quite naughty.