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Walks & Visits

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

    • 10 Oct 2019
    • 2:00 PM - 3:30 PM
    • Domaine de Coubertin, 78470 Saint-Rémy-lès-Chevreuse France
    • 17
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    Located in Saint-Rémy-lès-Chevreuse in the Yvelines department and about an hour from Paris / Denfert-Rochereau by RER, the Domaine of Coubertin is a place of patrimony. The Coubertin Foundation links the past, the present and the future through its roots in contemporary artistic works.

    The Coubertin Foundation emerged from the encounter between Yvonne de Coubertin, inheritor of the Coubertin estate, and Jean Bernard, artist, stone-cutter and renovator of the French Guildsmen’s Association.

    Our visit will take place in the Coubertin Foundation park. You will discover an exceptional wooded park and a museum of outdoor sculptures, the Jardin des Bronzes. During this visit, our guide will tell us the evolution of the sculpture at the end of the 19th century and the beginning of the 20th (works of Bourdelle, Bernard, Pan ...) between figurative art and abstraction.

    The Coubertin Foundation is opening its doors to WICE members on this very special occasion.  Do not miss this exceptional visit!

    About the Instructor: Instruction will be Provided by the Coubertin Foundation upon arrival.

    Special instructions: The details concerning the meeting point at RER Denfert-Rochereau will be sent to members after registration.

    Photo Credit: Foundation Coubertin

    • 10 Oct 2019
    • 3:30 PM - 6:00 PM
    • Meeting at Café Le Wood, 1 place de Thorigny, 75003 Paris metro Saint-Paul (line 1)
    • 2
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    Interested in learning about the contemporary art world while discovering the most important actors and the more local French players in the Parisian art scene? This gallery walk is a great place to start....

    The Marais is a vibrant quarter dating from the 1600s, and home to many outstanding Parisian and international galleries, museums, as well as trendy boutiques and restaurants. Our visit will take you to large, contemporary art spaces and hard-to-find courtyard galleries. You'll learn about the history and architecture of the neighborhood and truly get a feel for the Marais art scene.

    About the Instructor: Caroline Etter, art consultant, historian of art, and friend to both collectors and artists, has been immersed in the Paris art scene for 20 years. After graduating with a degree in 20th-century decorative arts from the Sorbonne, she started her career working at the Villa Médicis in Rome and the Bibliothèque nationale de France. Since then she’s been a curator, a journalist and a gallery manager. She has created her own company helping private as well as corporate clients understand and buy contemporary art.

    Photo Credit: City Art Insider

    • 16 Oct 2019
    • 2:00 PM - 4:30 PM
    • meet by Artcurial at 7 Rond Point des Champs Elysées, 75008 Paris
    • 18
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    Between 1855 and 1900, Paris hosted no less than five universal exhibitions, which attracted millions of visitors and saw the construction of various monuments. Paris witnessed a succession of ephemeral buildings, but some were so popular that they were saved for posterity.

    We will discover the famous saved buildings through a stroll which will take us from the Champs-Elysées to Trocadéro. The use of modern materials at the time (reinforced concrete or cast iron), the Art Déco façades will be some of the highlights  of our walking tour.

    Catherine will lead this amazing architectural and historical stroll!

    About the Instructor: Holding a PhD in British and American Studies from the Sorbonne, Catherine Estivalezes was involved for years in a foundation for promoting contemporary art, before returning to Art History studies. She has several years of experience in guiding, including districts, monuments, museums, and temporary exhibitions.

    Photo Credit: Expo Universelle

    • 07 Nov 2019
    • 3:00 PM - 4:00 PM
    • meet by 17 rue de Sèvres 75006 Paris (nearest metro Sévres-Babylone lines 10 and 12)
    • 13
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    The Hermes legendary French luxury goods house was created in 1837 and is known worldwide for its handmade high-quality bags and luggage.

    Housed in a former swimming pool, Hermes has opened a new store on 17 Rue de Sèvres. It is the newest addition to the Paris scene with its established location Rue du Faubourg Saint Honore.

    This visit will give you the opportunity to understand how Hermes handles special orders to satisfy the desires of its elite clientele.

    Made and designed by one artisan only, these masterpieces are unique from the famous Kelly bag, designed for Grace Kelly in 1956 to hide her pregnancy, to the Birkin bag which remains popular after 30 years. From Paris to Brazil and around the world, Hermes always attracts a diverse clientele.

    Join us on this exclusive visit of the Hermes house.

    About the Instructor: Guide will be provided by Hermes upon arrival.

    Photo Credit: Hermes Sevres

    • 14 Nov 2019
    • 3:30 PM - 6:00 PM
    • meet at Café des Beaux-Arts, 7 quai Malaquais, 75006 Paris
    • 9
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    This gallery walk is a behind the scenes look at the contemporary art world, and will introduce you to some of the most important actors and the more local French players in the Parisian art scene.

    Beneath the golden cupola of the L’Académie française and close to the prestigious Académie des Beaux-Arts, our visit will take you to a section of Saint-Germain-des-Prés with a long tradition in the arts. You’ll see top galleries representing modern and contemporary art, plus galleries specializing in antiques, Art Deco, Fifties furniture and contemporary furniture. This mix of history, art and design is a delight for any art lover or anyone interested in learning more about the arts.

    About the Instructor: Caroline Etter, art consultant, historian of art, and friend to both collectors and artists, has been immersed in the Paris art scene for 20 years. After graduating with a degree in 20th-century decorative arts from the Sorbonne, she started her career working at the Villa Médicis in Rome and the Bibliothèque nationale de France. Since then she’s been a curator, a journalist and a gallery manager. She has created her own company helping private as well as corporate clients understand and buy contemporary art.

    Photo Credit: City Art Insider

    • 18 Nov 2019
    • 2:00 PM - 3:30 PM
    • meet at 10 rue Monsieur le Prince, 75006 Paris (nearest metro lines: Odéon (line 4), Cluny la Sorbonne (line 10) or Luxembourg; RER B)
    • 17
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    French philosopher Auguste Comte is known as the inventor of positivism. Influenced by the Enlightenment, a European intellectual movement of the 17th and 18th centuries, Comte developed the idea of the growing importance of modern science and the potential application of scientific methods to the study and improvement of society. 

    The apartment in which he lived the last years of his life has not changed in 150 years. The visit will provide an insight into typical 19th century decoration. 

    Considered as the intellectual cradle of Paris, we will continue our discovery of the Odéon / Saint Germain district by evoking famous writers, thinkers and librarians from the past century.

    About the Instructor: Holding a PhD in British and American Studies from the Sorbonne, Catherine Estivalezes was involved for years in a foundation for promoting contemporary art, before returning to Art History studies. She has several years of experience in guiding, including districts, monuments, museums, and temporary exhibitions.

    Photo Credit: Appart Auguste Comte

    • 04 Dec 2019
    • 2:00 PM - 3:30 PM
    • meet at 128 rue du Bac, 75007 Paris - Under the porch (nearest metro: Sèvres Babylone, lines 10 and 12 )
    • 20
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    Founded in the 17th century, the Congregation of the Foreign Missions (a society of secular priests), has sought since its creation to establish settlements, mostly in Asia.  The headquarters of the Paris missions is located in a beautiful area between rue de Babylone and rue du Bac in the seventh district and has managed to preserve its amazing park, which is strictly private.

    We will visit the museum dedicated to the history of the Foreign Missions, the Church and have a sneak peek at the largest private garden of the city.

    Come and discover with our guide Catherine this unusual site !

    About the Instructor: Holding a PhD in British and American Studies from the Sorbonne, Catherine Estivalezes was involved for years in a foundation for promoting contemporary art, before returning to Art History studies. She has several years of experience in guiding, including districts, monuments, museums, and temporary exhibitions.

    Photo Credit: Missions Etrangeres

    • 12 Dec 2019
    • 3:30 PM - 5:30 PM
    • meet in front of Hotel Drouot, 9 rue Drouot, 75009 Paris
    • 9
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    Drouot is the oldest and biggest auction house in France and probably in the world. Composed of a large number of auctioneers, its main location Drouot-Richelieu comprises 15 sales rooms dedicated to the sale of artworks.

    Euphoria and excitement are palpable in this very unique place, where items from every time and geographic provenance, paintings, sculptures, furniture as well as jewellery, watches or rare objects are offered on sale and will go to the highest bidder - 400.000 in all through the year, a delight for art lovers and amators, as well as the simply curious.

    In our visit, we’ll see the afternoon sales happening and the exhibition for future sales, discuss the art market and go see galleries in the area.

    About the Instructor: Caroline Etter, art consultant, historian of art, and friend to both collectors and artists, has been immersed in the Paris art scene for 20 years. After graduating with a degree in 20th-century decorative arts from the Sorbonne, she started her career working at the Villa Médicis in Rome and the Bibliothèque nationale de France. Since then she’s been a curator, a journalist and a gallery manager. She has created her own company helping private as well as corporate clients understand and buy contemporary art.

    Photo Credit: City Art Insider

    • 19 Dec 2019
    • 9:30 AM - 11:00 AM
    • meet at 58 rue de Richelieu 75002 Paris (nearest metro: Bourse - line 3 and Palais Royal - Line 1 and 7, Pyramides - Line 7 and 14)
    • 18
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    The Richelieu library, historic home of the Bibliothèque Nationale de France in the heart of Paris's 2nd arrondissement, has reopened its doors after several years of renovations.

    This historical site traces its history back to the 14th century. Manuscripts, Illumination books were being collected by the French King Charles V. The Richelieu site is the cradle of the National Library; it hosts art books ranging from the oldest manuscripts kept in France to contemporary ones, a collection of medals, coins and antiques, prints and photographs. Recently renovated, the court, the rotunda, the glass gallery have regained their splendor. The salle Labrouste (study room) will be seen from the outside as it is accessible only to the researchers and students.

    Come and discover with the guide provided by the BnF, this amazing site.


    Photo Credit: BNF Richelieu

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