Our guide, Thibaud, was very knowledgeable about art history and made the tour more interesting through his impassioned and dramatic telling of stories about the art or the artists. I could have spend all day with him in the Louvre. I advise that you skip...More
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The Louvre Museum is one of the most celebrated museums in France, if not the world, and with this small group tour you'll get to see some of its finest offerings. You and up to five other people will join a local art historian, spending three hours admiring some of the museum's loveliest sculptures, paintings, and artifacts.
The neighborhood of Montmartre, one of the mythical sites in Paris has always stood apart from the rest of the city. Build around the crest of a hill in northern Paris, Montmartre was for a long time a country village inhabited by artisans, tradesmen and performers and known for its windmills and farms. During this tour, you'll discover history, religion and look at the traditions, lifestyle, and bohemian character of the neighborhood as it has evolved over the centuries. Already an artists' hangout at the end of the 19th century, Montmartre's bohemian cheap living and nightlife attracted young artists. Continuing upwards to the highest point in Paris, we'll stop at the Sacré-Coeur Basilica and admire the spectacular panoramic view of the city. With its Romano-Byzantine features, Sacré-Coeur stands in sharp contrast to the Gothic architecture of Notre Dame and Saint Eustache, both of which can be seen from its belvedere.
Paris is a vibrant city full of energy and history. It can be intimidating to know where to go, what to do, and how to find anything that's not already listed in a guidebook. In this two-hour sit-down chat and informal tour you will meet a local insider who knows Paris inside and out, what makes it different and special, and how to feel like a local while you are here. Ideal for your day of arrival, or very beginning of your trip. We begin with an informal chat over coffee, then we'll hit the streets for a basic, 1-hour introduction to your neighborhood. We point out some local attractions—big and small—and orient you to your surroundings. Depending on where you're staying and what interests you we wander farther afield and explore the city more widely.
This tour of the Musée d’Orsay examines the rich 19th- and early 20th-century collections of this world-class museum. In the company of an art historian, we will be introduced to the major art movements of the period—from the Barbizon school and Realism, to Impressionism and Post-Impressionism—as well as their most celebrated players. We will begin our tour with a discussion of the history and structure of the building, first constructed as a rail station by architect Victor Laloux for the 1900 World's Fair. After serving as a rail station for only 39 years (as electricity grew in popularity and trains became longer, the Orsay station's short platforms were rendered unusable), the station was preserved as a historical building in the late 70s, and opened as a museum in 1986. While the Orsay's collection includes all varieties of artwork produced from 1848 to 1914, our walk will concentrate primarily on painting.
Explore France’s capital through its delicious local cuisine on this food-lover’s walking tour. Follow your guide through Aligre Market—one of Paris’ liveliest and most traditional markets—and mingle with the city’s locals buying their fresh ingredients. Along the way, learn where the produce comes from, and gain insight into the role food plays in Parisian culture. You’ll also be able to taste some of the produce on sale.
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