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Paris: An Insider's Guide

Premier :: 2007-07-09

on BBC Two

Genre :: Documentary

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Paris: An Insider's Guide Join Sandrine Viollet as she takes you on a journey, experiencing life in the real Paris; a ground view of the city that’s seldom seen by tourists. From informal chats over the dinner table, through market places to the courtyards where real Parisian life can be absorbed, Paris provides an excellent insight into 400 years of the city’s history.

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Series 1 - Episode 1 - City of Dreams
Aired - 09 July 2007

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In the first of this three-part series on Paris, presenter and art historian Sandrine Voillet reveals how Paris battled through turmoil and trauma to become the city of dreams. From the Louvre to a magical fairy tale park which is one of Paris's best kept secrets Sandrine uncovers a Paris very rarely explored. She delves deep into the subterranean labyrinth of the city sewers, heads for a very special restaurant famed for its discreet boudoir lounges and meets one of France's great photographers, Willy Ronis. She also reveals why two of Paris's most photographed landmarks, the Basilica of Sacré Coeur and the Eiffel Tower, were hated when they were first built, but went on to become the great icons of the most beautiful city in the world.

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