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  • Ulrike Kasper
  • Françoise Hotier-Gardian
  • Patrick Maunand
  • Alain Rustenholz
  • Martial Courcier
  • Daniel Soulié
  • Shari Segall, Rebecca Brite
    Pam Grant
  • Bruno et Frank La Brasca
  • Gilles Popineau d'Arthon
  • Jean-Christophe Sarrot
  • Amandine Robert
  • Paulina Spiechowicz

Ulrike Kasper


Ulrike  Kasper Ulrike Kasper is a painter and art historian. For nearly twenty years, she has been teaching modern and contemporary art at various universities in Paris (Sorbonne - Paris III, Université Américaine à Paris, Université des temps libres à Evry Courcouronnes, Institut d’histoire de l’art de Chatou). Ulrike has published articles and books on the arts, architecture and music and has collaborated in the creation of the contemporary gallery of the Museum of the Cité de la Musique. The city of Paris has become one of her passions, in her lectures, she describes visits integrating history, architecture and the arts, and forging links between the historical Paris and the contemporary world.

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Palais-Royal

The Palais-Royal, between power and culture

Ulrike  Kasper  

Between history, power, art and culture, the Palais-Royal reveals the secrets of centuries through its buildings, facades and gardens ...

The Palais-Royal is "the capital in the capital", a city within a city incessantly enthusing one and all. Blending political and cultural history to contemporary culture, the palace is a true image of Paris. Rare are the sites that can demonstrate such concentration of historical events. Amidst takeovers, rebellions, festivals and transient pleasures, the palace hosts aristocracy at times and common man at others. Richelieu, Corneille, Louis XIV, Molière, Lully, Diderot, Desmoulins, Charlotte Corday, Colette and Cocteau lived or attended galleries, theaters and cafes. Alternately center of political power, cultural hotspot, and place of pleasure and debauchery, this constant alternation gave the Palais Royal a very original identity, which we invite you to discover.

Palais-Royal

Duration : 2:00  hours

1 tour

Languages :

  • Palais-Royal
  • Comédie-Française
  • Ministère de la Culture
  • Galerie Vérot-Dodat
  • Galerie Vivienne
  • Galerie Colbert

Montparnasse, the artists melting pot

Ulrike  Kasper  

Over its bustling streets, cafes and theaters, the district of Montparnasse tells us the story of the literary and artistic Bohemia.

IN FRENCH

Duration : 5:00  hours

2 tours

Languages :


Françoise Hotier-Gardian


Françoise  Hotier-Gardian Françoise-Hotier Guardian is a guide, speaker, and artist is passionate about history and history of art. After her studies at the Académie Grandes Terres, she worked as a fashion designer and discovered how the art of the costume is the testimony of mutations and milestones in human consciousness. But it is through education, particularly with the narration of stories to young children, that she became aware of the need to convey to others something important, something such as history. What fashion, monuments and objects can reveal about the past years. From the “Château de Versailles” to the Marais district, from the “Parc de La Villette” to the “Basilique de Saint-Denis”, the unique heritage of Paris and surrounding areas can be discovered in all its splendor in her company.

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Hôtel de Sully

The Marais, the invention of the hôtel particulier

Françoise  Hotier-Gardian  

If the Marais presents many different aspects, it is undeniably one of the cradles of the invention of the French hôtel particulier...

Hôtel de Sully

IN FRENCH

Duration : 3:30  hours

1 tour

Languages :

  • Hôtel de Sully
  • Place des Vosges
  • Hôtel Carnavalet
  • Hôtel de Lamoignon
  • Hôtel Donon
  • Hôtel de Marle
  • Hôtel Salé
  • National Archives...

Patrick Maunand


Patrick  Maunand A professional engineer, Patrick Maunand worked as a company employee for 12 years. Since 2002, he works on his own, as "literary guide", which allows him to combine his passion for both literature and Paris. Throughout the year, he organizes literary walks and conferences in Paris (www.lireetpartir.com). Visiting the places that inspired writers and immersing oneself in the history of Paris through their testimonies… It is what Patrick Maunand offers. This is the Paris of Molière, Racine, Rousseau, Voltaire, Balzac, Hugo, Musset, Baudelaire, Zola, Apollinaire, Proust, Sartre and Beauvoir... which is told through each of his visits and guides.

He is the author of four books, all published by Pimientos:Le Marais des écrivains (2003); Le Quartier latin des écrivains (2003); Les Halles des écrivains, des poètes et des chansonniers (2009); Montmartre des écrivains, des poètes et des chansonniers (2009).

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Alain Rustenholz


Alain Rustenholz Alain Rustenholz, historian and author, of about fifteen books, half of then devoted to Paris. Because a silent city is according to him a ghost town, he tries in his books and guides to make stones speak, to give the city a voice; inspired by Michelet, he sees history as a resurrection.

He has laundred the author of a website about the capital: "Les PARIS d’Alain Rustenholz". On paper, it has published: Paris des pas perdus, Parisienne(s), Paris ouvrier, Paris des avant-gardes, Paris la ville rêvée de Voltaire, Traversées de Paris (Parigramme).

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Martial Courcier


Martial Courcier Martial Courcier is an actor, writer and director. His extensive experience on stage ranges from the Théâtre de la Colline, where he started his career in 1990, to the Théâtre de la Michodière where he is still performing. He also played in films such as “Je reste”, directed by D. Kurys (2003) or “L’instinct de mort” by J.F. Richet (2007), as well as in some TV series such as “Engrenages” or “Navarro”. Nevertheless, the beginnings of Martial Courcier were the antipodes of theater because he studied medicine and psychology before studying into the prestigious “Cours Florent”.

His career is marked by the plays he wrote - still performed in Paris, in the province and abroad - such as “L’opposé du contraire” (directed by Didier Caron for the Théâtre Mélo d’Amélie and Comédie Bastille in 2000-2003), “Plus vraie que nature” (still directed by Didier Caron for the Théâtre du Splendid in 2001 and by Raphaëlle Cambray for the Comédie Bastille in 2012), or “Les petits contretemps” (directed by Hervé Devolder for the Théâtre Mélo d’Amélie and the Café de la Gare in 2009).

Beyond his stage career, Martial has always been passionate about history, in particular the Middle Ages.

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Daniel Soulié


Daniel Soulié Daniel Soulié is an archaeologist and art historian. Specialist in Egyptian archeology, he has worked since 1988 at the Louvre museum. Passionate about architecture and urbanism, he teaches these two specialties and the Egyptian epigraphy. Moreover, he is the author of many books about ancient Egypt but alson about the Louvre museum, its architecture and its collections.

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Cour Carrée

History of the Louvre Palace

Daniel Soulié  

Since the late 12th century, the Louvre plays a prominent role in the history of Paris, as in the country's history.

Cour Carrée

IN FRENCH

Duration : 5:00  hours

2 tours

Languages :

  • Cour Carrée
  • Lescot wing
  • Pavillon du Roi
  • Pavillon de Flore
  • Grande Galerie
  • Galerie d’Apollon
  • Musée Charles X

Shari Segall, Rebecca Brite
Pam Grant


Shari Segall, Rebecca Brite <br> Pam Grant Shari Leslie Segall, in Paris since 1985 and author of France-themed books and articles, teaches English and Cross-Cultural Communication at the prestigious Institut des Etudes Politiques (Sciences Po) and at the French Military Academy. She is the founding director of Foreign Affairs, which provides linguistic and cross-cultural training and creates English-language documents for executives.
Rebecca Brite, in Paris since 1980, is a former newspaper editor. She is a specialist in and professor of international/intercultural communication. Rebecca founded what is now the oldest American ciné-club in the city. She has given guided tours in Paris and various French regions since 1998.
The late Pam Grant came to France in 1990 and became one of the few Americans to pass the French exam that allows guides to lead tours in museums and monuments. She also worked in film subtitling: among others, she subtitled the Oscar-winning Edith Piaf film, La Vie en Rose. Along with Shari and Rebecca, she worked with the tour association "Lire et Partir".

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American revolution

The American Revolution in Paris

Shari Segall, Rebecca Brite
Pam Grant  

In the Founding Fathers' Footsteps. Paris was central to the American Revolution. Franklin, Jefferson, Adams and John Paul Jones were here!

It’s been argued that without France, specifically, without the funds, arms and fighters provided by King Louis XVIthe American Revolution would never have been won. Through fascinating facts and figures, amazing anecdotes and occasional texts in their own words, some of America’s most noteworthy Founding Fathers will take you to the sites and sights where they worked so hard to make King Louis’s generosity possible. (They also played a bit, and you’ll learn about that, too!) You’ll discover the name of the first-ever American expatriate. You’ll see where Thomas Jefferson gathered the seeds of the Library of Congress. You’ll visit the street where John Adams made peace with England. And you’ll certainly enjoy tales about the star of our show: the venerable Benjamin Franklin, who at the time was considered the most famous man in the world! Highlighted in these and many other aspects of this fun and informative tour, the Founding Fathers, the American Revolution and Paris itself will never seem the same.

American revolution

Duration : 2.5  hours

1 tour

Languages :

  • American revolution
  • Ben Franklin
  • Thomas Jefferson
  • Lafayette
  • Independence

Bruno et Frank La Brasca


Bruno et Frank La Brasca Primarily bound by brotherhood , Bruno and Frank are also by their quality of intramural Parisians, although they come from an immigrant family from beyond the Alps. The eldest was born in the late '40s to the maternity of the Hôtel -Dieu , close to the geometric center of Paris. His younger brother, meanwhile, was born with a midwife officiating in the early '50s at the Hôtel de Beauvais, recently restored, one of the finest examples of the golden age of the Marais. Childhood unfolded naturally (Paris was not at that time engaged in the unchallenged dominance in what could be called "the bagnolarde mediocrity ") in relative freedom of movement in this part of the then very popular center of the capital called the Saint- Paul, delimited by Place de la Bastille in the east, the Town Hall in the West ( what scientists call " Decumanus "), the Place de la République north and the famous old market (the " cardo " historians) . Maybe it is to the foolish and reckless racings through the maze of streets contained in this perimeter that they own both the visceral love for old Paris and, later, the taste to penetrate deeper into its many mysteries. Then life, as they say has done its work : the eldest of the siblings followed an academic career that led him to become familiar with the world of culture and learning, while the youngest wanted to taste the delights and the tortures of the boards. But one and the other, never lost and keep up to date this immoderate taste linger mid- learned , half- joking as they try whenever possible to share with friends and casual visitors.

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Gilles Popineau d'Arthon


Gilles Popineau d'Arthon Gilles Popineau d'Arthon has been teaching International Relations, Political and Constitutional History and the History of European institutions to American students mastering in Political Sciences in various universities in Paris over many years. His passion for cultural exchanges led him to establish “ Sur les Chemins de l'Histoire" (“On the Roads of History”), an association within which he organizes conferences, seminars, expeditions, cultural tours, and itinerant courses in France and abroad, activities which he continues to perform with various universities. His love for travel, history and architecture has taken him, with students or by himself, to travel the world tirelessly and to set foot in over seventy countries across five continents. With its millennial heritage, Paris, his homeport, would no less call to his sensibility, and engage him to address this city's bustling and fascinating history.

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Jean-Christophe Sarrot


Jean-Christophe Sarrot Jean-Christophe Sarrot stumbled on it when he was little. In 1980, aged fifteen, he entered in the house Charmettes of Jean-Jacques Rousseau in Chambéry, at a time when when he was reading the Confessions. Since then, his passion for the homes of writers and the literary scene hasn't turned off. More than a specialist, Jean-Christophe is a passionate lover: the places he describes and their stories are a fantastic way of educating young and older people to the charms and the power of writing. In 1998 he created the website www.terresdecrivains.com, which is dedicated to the witers (French and foreign) who lived in France. He is also the author of three books about "literary walks in Paris" and a book on "The historic detective novel. Polar and history: about a meeting".

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Amandine Robert


Amandine Robert Amandine Robert is a guide covering Versailles and Paris. Insatiable traveller, she prepares every journey as a discovery, and each encounter as a human experience without equal. After a study stay in Rajasthan (India), Amandine has graduated with a dissertation on heritage issues and cultural barriers facing today's global policy of heritage conservation. In the shadow of a famous work or the turning of a landmark, the small story will join the great. In addition to bringing to life the heritage, Amandine also seeks to give voice to all those forgotten in history, those who neither kings nor nobles, nor politicians, have forged this beautiful country we inherited.

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Paulina Spiechowicz


Paulina Spiechowicz Paulina Spiechowicz was born in Krakow, Poland, and studied between Rome, Paris and Berlin. She holds a doctorate from the Ecole Pratique des Hautes Etudes in the History of Art. She has published several books, including a collection of poems (« Studi sulla notte ») by Edizioni Ensemble (2011), « Intimism (disieca membrae poetae) » by Editions Horror Vacui (2012), « Les mots qui mous manquent », co-written with Yolande Zauberman, Calmann-Levy (2016).

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