Since the 18th century, connoisseurs recognized that visitors to Paris needed guidebooks to discover all the marvelous attractions of the city. Called Voyages Pittoresque, these guidebooks were dedicated to discovering art collections, châteaux, and gardens. Today they serve as inspiration for our specialty tours curated for lifelong learners and curious travelers.
We believe that touring today plays an essential role in lifelong learning. Our tours are designed for adult learners and are akin to seminars presented in open-air classrooms, where we delve deeply into art and history, design and practice. Like all educators, our guides understand that experiential learning is one of the best ways to remember what you have seen or heard. That’s why we suggest combining our garden, art and architectural history tours with a sensorial visit – conceived to enhance your lifelong learning curve.
With a commitment to lifelong learning, we recommend the following books to prepare you for your trip to Paris:
- Richard Bernstein, Fragile Glory: A Portrait of France and the French, 1991
- Mavis Gallant, Paris Stories, 2002
- Eric Hazan, A Walk through Paris, 2018
- Luc Sante, The Other Paris, 2015
- Agnes Rocamora, Fashioning the City: Paris, Fashion and the Media, 2009
To make your trip more memorable and educational, we offer pre-formatted iBooks with highlights from our tours. Each iBook features images selected from historical archives, and allows you to add your own photos and create a personal souvenir of your picturesque voyage.
To request an iBook, just check “I want a free iBook.” on the tour booking form.
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