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    The different times of the patrimonialization of the Fontainebleau forest (1861 to today)
    or how the first nature reserve in the world has evolved

    Place: Fontainebleau forest 
    Date: Sunday 17 July

    Organization: Frédéric Alexandre (Paris 13 University), Marc Galochet (UPHF, Valenciennes University), Étienne Grésillon (Paris University), Micheline Hotyat (Paris Sorbonne University), Fabien Roussel, (Artois university) and Bertrand Sajaloli (Orleans University)
    Supports: Biogeography Commission of the CNFG

    The fee is €102 per person. It includes the return train journey from Paris to Fontainebleau, the reservation and the cost of guarding the room in the Station of Avon, the lunch, the hire of the coach to visit the forest sites and the provision of a tote-bag and an excursion guide.
    The maximum number of participants is 30
    Languages: The main language will be French but simultaneous translation will be provided in English so that non-French speaking geographers attending the IGU Congress can participate. 
    This excursion is not open to people with reduced mobility because of the walks in the forest. 
    A health pass and/or a negative Covid test wil be required.
    Registration: From 1st of February to 30th of May

    Description:
    It was in the forest of Fontainebleau that the first measures to protect nature and landscapes were taken: in 1861, the first "artistic series" were created by imperial decree, under pressure from writers such as Victor Hugo, and painters from the Barbizon school. From the creation of these artistic series to the present day, the forest of Fontainebleau has undergone many changes under the aegis of ecological dynamics, foresters (Eaux et Forêts and then the Office National des Forêts), artists, and also the many visitors who have come here since the creation of the Paris-Fontainebleau railway line in 1849. With more than 10 million visits per year, the massif is one of the most visited in the world.

    In addition to the extraordinary diversity of the natural environments (sandstone plains, peaty ponds, sandy moors, deciduous and coniferous forests, remarkable trees, etc.), this area, which includes most of the legal forms of nature protection (Integrated Biological Reserves, classified sites, Natura 2000, Protected Forest, Biosphere Reserve, etc.), is a veritable laboratory for heritage conservation.

    The schedule of the excursion presents together the most remarkable natural environments, the different policies and statutes of nature protection and the tensions inherent in their implementation.

    Provisional program:
    The day, organised in close collaboration with the “Station d'Écologie Forestière de Fontainebleau” (University of Paris), includes two distinct times.

    In the morning, at the Station, Micheline Hotyat (University of Paris Sorbonne and member of the Scientific Committee for the classification of the forest as a World Heritage Site) will introduce the day with Sylvain Ducroux (member of the same Committee and deputy director of the Fontainebleau massif for the ONF) with lectures devoted to the major stages of heritage preservation.

    The meal, provided by a local caterer, will be taken in the forest (weather permitting, otherwise at the forestry station) near the Barbizon refreshment bar. A bus chartered by the IGU will then visit a number of sites in the Fontainebleau massif, retracing the major stages of heritage development, the most remarkable ecosystems and the most important issues. Two stops are planned: Barbizon then the Platière d'Apremont, the Franchard Ecotourism Center and the nearby Integral Biological Reserve. 

    The excursion will depart from the Gare de Lyon in Paris on the 8.16 am train, which arrives at 8.56 am at the Avon-Fontainebleau station, in the immediate vicinity of the University Station. The meeting point is at the Gare de Lyon, in front of the restaurant Le Train Bleu, at 8am. The return journey will take place at 18:32 for an arrival in Paris at 19:13. 

    Registration: 
    To register and make your payment, you will be redirected to the "Helloasso" page, an associative payment site used by the Comité National Français de Géographie. 
    Fontainebleau - Comité National Français de Géographie (helloasso.com)
    All the services included in the tour are detailed above and are not listed on the payment site. To register, you will need your congress registration number.
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    © Theodore Rousseau (1849-1855). Forest of Fontainebleau. Bunch of big trees overhanging the plain of Clair-Bois at the edge of the Bas Bréau





    © The gorges of Franchard





    © The forest ecology station of the University of Paris  (crédit Vincent Loison)


    Half-day tours of Paris with a professional tour guide
     
    With Raphaëlle Froment-Meurice, professional tour guide.
     

    Historical stroll in the celebrated Ile de la Cité and the lively Marais district
     
    Price per person: 22€.
    Max number of participants: 20.
    Language: English
    Not open to people with reduced mobility.
    Registration: from May 15th to June 15th
     
    Meeting place & time: place Louis Lepine, at the metro station Cité on Tuesday July 19th 2022 at 2:30 pm. End : 5:30 pm in the Marais district. 
     
    The Ile de la Cité is the cradle of Paris where Romans settled after their victory against the Celtic tribes including the Parissi that gave the name to Paris city. While little remains from this period, the Ile de la Cité still features the greatest monuments of Paris in medieval times, whether it be Notre-Dame cathedral (miraculously still standing after the terrible fire of April 15th 2019), the Sainte-Chapelle or the Conciergerie, both within the Palais de Justice, much older royal palace than the Louvre. Strolling through Notre-Dame’s quarter, we will be able to imagine what could have been the rest of the Ile de la
    Cité before the massive destructions led by Haussmann beginning in the mid-19th century. From there, we’ll cross the second remaining natural island of Paris, the very fashionable Ile Saint Louis to head to the Marais district. Named after the former marshes (“marais” in French) caused by the dead arm of the Seine River, the Marais district is unique in Paris, gathering at the same time sumptuous Italian Renaissance and French classical style private mansions now mostly museums, the Jewish quarter, some the hippest design and fashion boutiques, art galleries featuring the up-and-coming artists, chic eateries and at night, bars and clubs of every kind. Paris is definitely not a dead city !
    The visit involves walking. Please bring appropriate footwear.


    Registration: 
    To register and make your payment, you will be redirected to the "Helloasso" page, an associative payment site used by the Comité National Français de Géographie. 
    https://www.helloasso.com/associations/comite-national-francais-de-geographie/evenements/historical-stroll-in-the-celebrated-ile-de-la-cite-and-the-lively-marais-distric 
    To register, you will need your congress registration number.
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    Along the Seine River: Paris’ monuments from the Louvre museum to the Eiffel Tower
     
    Price per person: 22€.
    Max number of participants: 20.
    Language: English
    Not open to people with reduced mobility
    Registration: from May 15th to June 15th
     
    Meeting place & time: in front of the glass pyramid of the Louvre museum, at the statue of King Louis XIV on Wednesday July 20th 2022 at 2:30 pm. End : 5:30 pm near the Eiffel Tower. 
     
    The historical perspective of Paris looking west begins with the world’s most famous museum, the Louvre. Long closed off with the Tuileries palace, it now opens up toward the Concorde square, the Arc de Triomphe and even the business center of La Défense. Strolling through the Tuileries garden is like visiting an open air museum gathering both classical and more modern sculptures. From its terrace, we will enjoy the best view of the Orsay museum across the Seine River and the humongous Concorde square. As we cross the bridge, we will see some of the emblematic monuments built for the 1900
    World Fair: the most beautiful bridge of Paris where recently married couples across the world like to take their pictures: the Pont Alexandre III, the Petit Palais and the Grand Palais. The Palais Bourbon tells another story, that of a former town mansion of the daughter of King Louis XIV with his second official mistress, and where today deputies vote for new laws. We’ll also go through King Louis XIV’s biggest project in Paris, the Invalides, still used as a military hospital for veterans, and we’ll finish with King
    Louis XV’s military institution, the Ecole Militaire, closed to the public because still functioning as an elite military school, whose former training field, the Champ de Mars, now proudly showcases the Eiffel Tower!
    The visit involves walking. Please bring appropriate footwear.

    Registration: 
    To register and make your payment, you will be redirected to the "Helloasso" page, an associative payment site used by the Comité National Français de Géographie. 
    https://www.helloasso.com/associations/comite-national-francais-de-geographie/evenements/along-the-seine-river 
    To register, you will need your congress registration number.
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    Industrial Paris: the Palais Royal luxury trade and the wholesale commerce of the Sentier district
     
    Price per person: 22€.
    Max number of participants: 20.
    Language: English
    Not open to people with reduced mobility
    Registration: from May 15th to June 15th
     
    Meeting place & time: Place Colette, Galerie du Théâtre Français, at the metro station Palais-Royal on Thursday July 21st 2022 at 2:30 pm. End : 5:30 pm in the Sentier district.
     
    We tend to sum up Paris as a person: the Ile de la Cité is the heart where everything started, the left bank the head with the prestigious Sorbonne University, and the right bank the legs for all its industrial activities. We will start in the gardens of the Palais Royal, former hotspot for gambling and prostitution, now safe haven for anyone looking for a peaceful break away from the surrounding bustling atmosphere. Its boutiques and cafes are unique but the luxury industry is probably even more present in the galerie Vivienne, the most beautiful and elegant of all the covered passages in Paris. Its rival the galerie Colbert unfortunately was a complete commercial failure, but remains an architectural achievement, with its famous great rotunda. As we draw closer to the boulevards, active day and night thanks to the office employees of the nearby banks and financial businesses and the many theaters and entertainment venues, it’s not chic galleries anymore but lively covered passages including the oldest remaining one where for the first time passersby could stroll at night lit up by gas lanterns. While the covered passages no longer embody the modernity of post-revolution society, refined and precious, the ones in the Sentier district are still producing the wholesale textile for all the fashion designers of the capital!
    The visit involves walking. Please bring appropriate footwear.

    Registration: 
    To register and make your payment, you will be redirected to the "Helloasso" page, an associative payment site used by the Comité National Français de Géographie.
    https://www.helloasso.com/associations/comite-national-francais-de-geographie/evenements/industrial-paris 
    To register, you will need your congress registration number.
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      © Rue des Barres in the Marais district.





























    © The Louvre seen from quai Voltaire



























    © Galerie Vivienne
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