As a scholar, educator and nationally-certified tour guide, I founded Picturesque Voyages as an open-air classroom, designed to engage lifelong learners and curious travelers. My tours reflect my experiences teaching art history in Paris for over 25 years. I am a specialist of the gardens at Versailles, studying how gardens historically connect all the arts, and bring this expertise to all my tours.
Garden-Inspired Tours For Every Season: Picturesque Voyages signature tours visit exceptional gardens in Paris, and chateaus with remarkable gardens located outside of Paris. Our architectural walking tours and art museum tours delve deeply into how gardens influence paintings, architecture and urban design. Our sensorial tours explore where, how and why today’s chefs, designers, restaurateurs, and city planners are all inspired by gardens.
Rediscovering the Picturesque in Paris: For the first-time or the frequent visitor, I believe that it’s not only what you see, but how you learn about it that makes your experience more memorable. Each Picturesque Voyages tour tells the story of Paris then and now, with a specially curated iBook featuring archival images that help orient the tour, and the ability to add your own photos and create a personalized souvenir. Group size is limited to six people to encourage dialogue and interaction with one another.
I look forward to sharing my knowledge and passion for the picturesque with you.
Susan Taylor-Leduc, PhD
Founder and Director