Historical Tidbits: The Guide to Gay Paree 1869 by Iva Polansky

Posted by on May 10, 2012 in 19th Century France, Historical Tidbits | Comments Off on Historical Tidbits: The Guide to Gay Paree 1869 by Iva Polansky

(From Paris Partout! A guide for the English and American Traveller in 1869 or How to see PARIS for 5 guineas)

 

Part One: How to get there

 

PARIS! – gay and beautiful Paris – rich in architectural treasures, teeming with historic associations of deepest interest – favoured in its genial climate – replete with endless novelty – the abode and dictator of European fashion – full of all that art and science can contribute to beguile the sense – its people renowned for their wit and daring – in fact, in sum, in total, THE PARADISE OF TOURISTS!

From London

Of the different routes available, the speediest is that adopted by the South-Eastern Railway, whose accelerated special tide trains leave regularly from Charing Cross, passing to Paris via Sevenoaks, Folkestone (indifferent refreshment room), and Boulogne. Weather permitting, the entire trip is of a duration c. 10 hours. Return ticket, one month’s validity, £3 10s.

Passports

Since a French regulation of 1860, English citizens are now exempt from the expense and annoyance of passports; but although by no means absolutely necessary, one of these documents, or a card of identity, is most strongly recommended.

Customs

Attention is generally paid only to cigars, on which a levy of 10 centimes per item is payable. Certain books and newspapers, of inflammatory or political tendency, can cause difficulties or embarrassment.

Money

25 francs equal £1; 5 francs equal $1.

Next: The Guide to Gay Paree Part 2: Arrival to Paris

 

This historical tidbit is contributed by Iva Polanskyauthor of Fame and Infamy,  a novel set in 1870’s France. Her blog Victorian Paris is dedicated to life in 19th century Paris.