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We provide you with unusual guided visits of museums specializing in painting, sculpture, architecture, as well as French and international institutions. We also give you the opportunity to find out more about the French handcraft thanks to visits of different workshops relating to tapestries, perfume and luxury products. All of our visits are led by highly experienced and English-speaking guides.

Alternatively, if you want to get to know Paris better, why not join one of our experienced guides on a walking tour of specific locations. We offer themed walks though Paris. They will guide you through the back streets of Paris, typical markets, hidden courtyards, passages and interesting buildings. Our guides will show you traces of earlier times while telling you about the events that happened there and the people who once lived there. You are guaranteed to learn something new about Paris on every walk.


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Upcoming walks & visits

    • 09 Nov 2017
    • 10:30 AM - 1:00 PM
    • Meet at 10.15am in front of the Fontaine-aux-Lions, Parc de la Villette, 75019 Paris
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    Located next to the Canal de l’Ourcq, the current Parc de la Villette is a piece of architecture and an ambitious town-planning program conceived by the French-Swiss architect Tschumi.

    In the 1980’s it became the main symbol of what town-planners called the ‘Parisian eastside revival’, with the park being expanded in to include the former slaughterhouse district of Paris.  We will see some remains of this prestigious past, such as  the Grande Halle de Bœuf (covered market) and the Lion Fountain, but we will also see more recent buildings such as the Géode and the Philharmonie de Paris, erected by Jean Nouvel.

    This urban park is even more enterprising with its numerous establishments and is considered today to be a cultural hotspot for art, science and music.

    Discover this Parisian public park and walk through its 12 thematic gardens making up ‘la promenade cinématique’.

    About the instructor: Thomas Emery, Guide-conférencier.
    • 15 Nov 2017
    • 2:00 PM - 3:30 PM
    • 1 place Laveran, 75005 Paris: RER B Port Royal, metro Gobelins (line 7) or Glacière (line 6).
    • 9
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    Located in the 5th arrondissement, the church and monastery of Val de Grâce were built in the 17th century thanks to the generosity of Queen Anne of Austria, mother of King Louis XIV. 

    Designed by François Mansart and Jacques Lemercier, the church is one of the most perfect examples of Baroque architecture.

    Since the Revolution, the monastery has been transformed into a military hospital. The Army Medical Service museum presents the history of the French military medical services dedicated to prevention, teaching and research in war surgery and  pharmacology.

    Come and discover the Val de Grâce and its museum with our guide, Catherine Estivalezes.

    About the instructor: Holding a PhD in British and American Studies from the Sorbonne, Catherine Estivalezes has been involved for many years in a foundation for promoting contemporary art, before getting back to her Art History studies.


    • 27 Nov 2017
    • 2:00 PM - 5:00 PM
    • Meet at 1.45pm in front of the Panthéon monument, Place du Panthéon, 75005 Paris.
    • 12
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    During the 12th century, the teachers of the School of Notre Dame established Paris as one of the leading centers of scholarship in Europe.  Throughout the century, the intellectual center moved from Notre Dame to the Left Bank, where the monasteries began to establish their own schools.

    The neighborhood around the Montagne Sainte-Geneviève Monastery became crowded with students who frequently came into conflict with their neighbors and the authorities.  Gradually the university became organized as a corporation and colleges were founded to host the numerous students.  Between the 13th and 15th centuries, Paris became one of the leading places for teaching in Western Europe.

    During our walking tour, we will discover the remains of the Sainte Geneviève Monastery, the Colleges of Sainte Barbe, de Navarre, des Irlandais and des Ecossais, and the prestigious Universities of the Latin Quarter.

    About the instructor: Holding a PhD in British and American Studies from the Sorbonne, Catherine Estivalezes has been involved for many years in a foundation for promoting contemporary art, before getting back to her Art History studies.
    • 13 Dec 2017
    • 2:00 PM - 3:30 PM
    • 43, Avenue de Villiers, 75017 Paris: metro Wagram (line 3) or Monceau (line 2)
    • 13
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    Located in the 17th arrondissement, only a stone’s throw from Parc Monceau, this unique private mansion, typical of the Second Empire, presents the vast collection of the painter Jean Jacques Henner.  The museum has recently been restored is a charming place, with its Neo-Renaissance salon, its winter garden and its amazing studio.

    Henner was one of the most famous artists of his time, and was a winner of the Grand Prix de Rome.  Many of his paintings show how his work was still appreciated at the beginning of the Impressionist movement.

    Come and discover this charming museum with our guide, Catherine Estivalezes.

    About the instructor: Holding a PhD in British and American Studies from the Sorbonne, Catherine Estivalezes has been involved for many years in a foundation for promoting contemporary art, before getting back to her Art History studies.
    • 23 Jan 2018
    • 3:30 PM - 5:00 PM
    • 15, Avenue Montaigne, 75008 Paris: metro Alma Marceau (line 9) or Franklin Roosevelt (line 1)
    • 12
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    Opened in 1913, the Théâtre des Champs-Elysées is without doubt one of the most beautiful performing arts venues in Paris.

    This listed building houses three theaters – Le Grand Théâtre is home to opera, dance, symphony concerts and recitals, while the more intimate settings of La Comédie and Le Studio host repertory theater.

    This art deco style building was designed by a daring group of artists: the architects Van de Velde and the Perret Brothers, the sculptor Antoine Bourdelle who carved Isodora Duncan among others in the bas-reliefs on the facade, the painters Maurice Denis and Edouard Vuillard and René Lalique who designed the lights.

    The artistic adventure of the theater was marked throughout the century by the presence of prestigious composers, conductors, dancers and singers.

    This theater remains noted for the “scandal” of the first performance of Stravinsky’s Rite of Spring by Diaghilev’s Ballets Russes whose music and choreography were shocking at that time.

    Guide to be provided by the Théâtre des Champs Elysées.

    • 05 Feb 2018
    • 10:30 AM - 12:00 PM
    • 9 - 11 Avenue Franklin Roosevelt, 75008 Paris: metro Champs-Elysées-Clémenceau (lines 1 & 13)
    • 14
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    Ideally located near the Champs Elysees, and set in the beautiful private mansion of the Hotel Le Marois, this mansion was once inhabited by the famous courtesan Marie Duplessis (the famous Dame aux Camélias who inspired Alexandre Dumas’s son).

    The ‘Cercle France Amériques' is a private association which aims to promote the relationship between France and North America.  It was founded in 1909 by Gabriel Hanotaux, former Foreign Affairs minister.

    Come and discover this truly exceptional mansion and its sumptuous reception rooms, located in one of the most elegant districts of Paris and learn more about its famous inhabitants.

    About the instructor: Holding a PhD in British and American Studies from the Sorbonne, Catherine Estivalezes has been involved for many years in a foundation for promoting contemporary art, before getting back to her Art History studies.

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