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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

    • 24 May 2019
    • 10:00 AM - 12:30 PM
    • 8, boulevard de Ménilmontant, 75020 Paris
    • 16
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    Founded by Napoléon, established in 1804, the Père Lachaise cemetery is the largest garden cemetery in Paris and it is the most visited necropolis in the world. Upon its inauguration, in the early 19th century, it was considered to be too far from the city centre and the reputation of the area was dreadful. In order to attract newcomers, the transfer of the remains of Jean de la Fontaine and Molière were brought in the cemetery, soon after followed by those of Héloïse and Abélard. The strategy worked and made the reputation of Père Lachaise which, ever since, has become the most famous place to be buried in Paris. Artists, musicians, actors, composers, scientists, inventors etc. lay there: we will walk along this open air garden and discover some of the famous figures, focusing particularly on musicians, writers and artists.

    About the Instructor: Catherine Estivalezes holds a PHD in British and American Studies from the Sorbonne and has been involved for years in a Foundation for promoting Contemporary Art, before getting back to Art History studies. She has several years of experience in guiding, including districts, monuments, museums, and temporary exhibitions.

    Photo Credit: Public Domain

    • 06 Jun 2019
    • 2:00 PM - 4:30 PM
    • 55, rue du Docteur Blanche, 75016 PARIS
    • 18
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    Paris’ 16th district offers an amazing insight into the history of Modern Architecture and Art Nouveau Style. Built in 1923 by Le Corbusier, la Maison la Roche, was commissioned by the collector Raoul La Roche. With this project, the architect used new industrial materials such as reinforced concrete, and set up the ideas which were later formulated in the ‘five points of Modern Architecture’. We will visit the house. Very close by, the Mallet Stevens’s street, hosts some beautiful examples of his style. Important figure of the Modernist School, decorator, designer, Mallet Stevens built these private mansions for himself and some of his friends. Our promenade will take us to visit the House “Maison la Roche” and explore the Art Nouveau style whose best representative of this movement born in the late 19th century was Hector Guimard.

    About the Instructor: Catherine Estivalezes holds a PHD in British and American Studies from the Sorbonne and has been involved for years in a Foundation for promoting Contemporary Art, before getting back to Art History studies. She has several years of experience in guiding, including districts, monuments, museums, and temporary exhibitions.

    Photo Credit: Public Domain

    • 08 Jul 2019
    • 2:00 PM - 4:00 PM
    • Meeting point TBC in advance
    • 11
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    Did you know that “marais” means “swamp” in French? Hardly a very glamorous beginning for a neighborhood now known as the epicenter of Parisian fashion!  Walk the Marais with our guide and learn how it took its shape, from the magnificence of the aristocrats’ masquerades to the clothing manufacturers of the 20th century.  Let her introduce you to the past and present-day stories of boutiques and brands. Learn about the concept of “couture pastries” or immerse yourself in the history of French perfume.


    About our Guide: Aloïs Guinut is a style coach and personal shopper.  She studied fashion at the prestigious Institut Français de la Mode (French Institute of Fashion), founded by business partner and associate of Yves St. Laurent, Pierre Bergé and then began a career in the creative industries. Three years later, she decided to become a freelance personal shopper, and started working with women who were visiting France.


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