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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

    • 20 Oct 2018
    • 2:00 PM - 3:30 PM
    • meet at 1:45pm at 17 quai d'Anjou, 75004 Paris: metro Sully Morland (line 7)
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    Recently reopened, the Hôtel de Lauzun is located on the eastern edge of île Saint-Louis. It is one of the most beautiful and rare Parisian mansions, having preserved its 17th century decorations.


    The famous Duke of Lauzun, suitor to the Grande Mademoiselle (niece of the Sun King), the Duke of Richelieu (descendant of the  famous Cardinal) , Baudelaire and its ‘Haschischins’ club were some of the most noticeable occupants of this mansion.


    Restored in the 20th century, the Hotel de Lauzun offers a magnificent grand staircase, a succession of small cabinets adorned with painting and friezes, and a beautiful wrought iron balcony overlooking the river Seine.


    Do not miss this must-see exceptional mansion!


    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.

    • 07 Nov 2018
    • 2:00 PM - 3:15 PM
    • 3 rue de Lobau, 75004 Paris: metro Hôtel de Ville (line 1)
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    Wednesday 7 November


    The current imposing Hôtel de Ville (City Hall) in the fourth district has been the location of the municipality of Paris since 1357 and regularly welcomes distinguished foreign visitors to its prestigious reception rooms.


    Come and discover its sumptuous reception rooms, lavishly decorated to extol the glory of Paris.


    Decorations by artists such as Ingres and Delacroix in the 19th century made this the capital’s most beautiful palace. In the early years of the 20th century, celebrated painters and sculptors turned the Hôtel de Ville into a temple of contemporary art.


    The Salle des Fêtes evokes the magnificence of the city‘s festivities, with paintings depicting an invitation to the ball, music, flowers and perfume.


    The other famous rooms pay homage to agriculture, science, literature and the arts.


    You will also discover the main staircase and the ceremonial room decorated by the famous Symbolist painter Puvis de Chavannes.


    Instructor: The instructor will be provided by the Hotel de Ville.

    • 14 Nov 2018
    • 9:00 AM - 10:15 AM
    • 23 rue Boissy d'Anglas, 75008 Paris: metro Concorde(lines 1, 8 & 12)
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    Wesdnesday 14 November


    The Hermes legendary French luxury goods house was created in 1837 and is known worldwide for its handmade high-quality bags and luggage.


    Located in the workshops at 24 rue du Faubourg Saint-Honoré, this exclusive 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, Hermès always attracts a diverse clientele.


    Join us on this exclusive visit of the Hermes house.


    Instructor: The instructor will be provided by Hermes.


    • 03 Dec 2018
    • 2:00 PM - 4:30 PM
    • meet at 1:45pm at the entrance to the cemetery, 35 rue de Picpus, 75012 Paris: metro Picpus (loine 6)
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    During the French Revolution and the reign of Terror, the Place de la Nation (originally called the Throne Square) saw the use of the famous Guillotine. More than one thousand people were executed between 1793 and 1794.


    Not far from here, the small and private Cemetery of Picpus keeps the remains of thousands of them, including some notable figures: Lavoisier, father of modern Chemistry, Alexandre de Beauharnais, the first husband of Josephine, Richard Mique, the famous gardener of the domain of Trianon, and last but not least, the Marquis de Lafayette, hero of the French and American Revolutions also lies here.


    Around the Nation Square, we will mention the history of Paris under the Revolution and the Republique. The famous 'Foire au Pain d'Epices' also known as the 'Foire du Trône' was held there yearly


    Join us on this historical walk in the 12th district


    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.

    • 17 Dec 2018
    • 10:00 AM - 11:30 AM
    • meet at 9:45am, 4 avenue Ruysdael, 75008 Paris: metro Monceau (line 2)
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    Located in the 17th district, the Plaine Monceau, once belonging to the Orleans family, underwent major transformation in the 19th century. The Pereire brothers invested into the area which saw the edification of beautiful mansions by the Parc.


    Gaston Menier, who made a fortune in the manufacture of chocolates, added his private estate style facade.


    In 1953, the CNOP (The Pharmacists National Order) established its headquarters in the private mansion.


    You will be told the saga of the Menier family, will discover part of the collections of the Pharmacy private museum and understand the role and missions of the institution.


    Discover with us this private mansion which is only open to the public during the National Patrimony Days.


    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.

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