A Travel Guide to Black Paris

Noir Travel | by — June 15, 2010


[islidex] As you UrbanTravelGirl readers know, Paris is my favorite place on the planet.
Someone this week asked me why I love it so, and I didn’t have to think long
before responding, “The diversity.” Sure, Paris is THE quintessential French
city, but a huge part of what makes it so special for me, an African-American
woman, is the presence of black folks from throughout the Diaspora. You’ll
meet black folks from African former French colonies including Togo, Senegal,
Mali, and Côte d’Ivoire. From French Caribbean “overseas regions” such as
Martinique and Guadeloupe. And black American expatriates from every state.

And whereas most “mainstream” travel guidebooks gloss over their presence
(if they mention them at all), Chicago author Kiratiana Freelon jumps all over
it in her new book, Kiratiana’s Travel Guide to Black Paris: Get Lost and Get
Found (http://kiratianatravels.com/). An African-American Harvard grad who’s
visited more than 25 countries in her young life and spent time living in Paris,
she uncovers GREAT finds all over Paris (and beyond, as well)….
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