Paris 08

Paris Episode 08 The Belle Epoque and the Eiffel Tower

All the glamour and excitement of Paris in the Belle Epoque

Impressionist painters, the Folies Bergères, the city’s art-deco style metro stations and grandest cafes all date from the Belle Époque, a 40 year period so well captured in Toulouse Lautrec’s quintessentially Parisian posters. It is the era when the Opéra Garnier, the Eiffel Tower and the Galéries Lafayette were built, a time when Paris seemed to be the centre of the civilised world. The episode looks at a little history and takes you on a tour of the places where you can still glimpse Belle Époque Paris today.