See and Hear France Through a Google Maps Walking Tour

By Todd R. Weiss  |  Posted 2014-05-02

Google Maps has partnered with the French Radio Grenouille radio network to create special "soundwalks"—a series of voice-guided walking tours that visitors can explore using Google Maps and a set of headphones—highlighting several cities in France. The guided tours, which were begun as an online experiment, are led by enthusiastic local residents who show and describe the histories, sights and sounds of the communities, according to a recent post on the Google Policy Europe Blog. Visitors to France—or armchair tourists far from French soil—can download a tour from the Soundwalks Website and then can follow along in the footsteps of the guides. So far, more than 40 soundwalks have been created and made available in the southern French cities of Marseille, Aix-en-Provence and Aubagne. In this slide show, visitors can see a sampling of the sights and sounds pointed out by local musician Christophe Perruchi, who takes you on a colorful and surprise-filled guided nighttime tour of Marseille's Cours Julien neighborhood. Click on the colored tabs to discover many surprises.


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