We invite you to take a trip through the Ile-de-France and Haute-Normandie, to rediscover some of the greatest French writers of the 19th Century. Not meant so much an overview of literature under the First and the Second Empire, this itinerary is rather an evocation of authors whose works were composed during these periods or inspired by them, it is an invitation to take a stroll through the houses which once belonged to them.
The itinerary is designed to take three days. The first of these days is dedicated to two writers linked to the First Empire: Chateaubriand, one of Napoleon's most famous opponents, and Balzac, a genius who like Napoleon wished live out his own saga. The second day takes as its subject the Second Empire introducing the exceptional historical and literary figures Zola, Michelet and Flaubert. The last day concentrates on one author, Victor Hugo, a man whose life and work is inextricably linked to both the First and Second Empires.