Cultural Visits

Our cultural visits have been design with a lot of attention for international scientists and their family. First of all they are organized in a friendly atmosphere, and landlords, lab hosts.. are very welcome to join and create links with this multicultural “youth”.

Our cultural program for 2021 : “L’art de vivre à la française” invites you, through an enchanting itinerary, to discover the famous “French art of living” with  hands-on visits (create your own perfume, learn how to make chocolate, painting workshop near Monet’s house…).

These visits are planned with a minimum amount of participants in mind. The payment must be made at the reservation.

You can enjoy a special fare if you meet certain criteria.

Our next visits

Montmartre et la bohème

September 25, 2021

You are in Montmartre, this unique and colourful place, today a “bobo” landmark for Parisians and tourists attracted by the atmosphere of the 1930s. From the Basilica of the Sacré Coeur where you can enjoy a panoramic view of Paris to the Place du Tertre, from the wall of “je t’aime” the new meeting place for lovers to the Lapin Agile, the oldest cabaret in Montmartre, and the emblematic café in the district, relive the Bohemian atmosphere to which Charles Aznavour dedicated a famous song.

 

Castle life through the ages in the Chevreuse Valley

October 9, 2021

Go back to the Middle Ages in the heart of the village of Chevreuse, and hike to the impregnable fortress where Jean Racine lived, at the foot of the Château de la Madeleine. It dominates the whole valley and you can imagine the knights pouring burning oil on their assailants. The castle of Breteuil and its magnificent gardens, its scenery, and its characters from Perrault’s tales (including the famous Chat Botté) will then be our biggest stop in this estate admirably maintained by the Counts and Marquis of Breteuil whose family history is intert-wined with the history of France. We won’t miss a magnificent view of the recently restored Dampierre Castle. A stroll between history and nature, ideal in this period between the end of summer and nature’s first autumn colours.

 

THE FRENCH WAY OF LIVING

Le Paris des années folles - L'art du parfum - L'art de vivre à Versailles - L'art du chocolat - L'art impressionniste - Le château de Chantilly & L'art équestre - Le Paris des arts et des lettres - Les châteaux de la vallée de Chevreuse - L'art de la mode - L'art de la table & champagne

Past Visits 2021

The art of Haute Couture

Saturday, June 26, 2021

We plunged into the world of Haute-Couture. Starting point: Coco Chanel’s exhibition, we discovered her beginnings with some emblematic pieces, including the famous 1916 jersey sailor. We traced the evolution of Chanel’s chic style: from the little black dresses and sporty models of the Roaring Twenties to the sophisticated dresses of the 1930s, the room that was entirely dedicated to No. 5, created in 1921 and embodying the spirit of “Coco Chanel.

Then we discovered the workshop of Yves Saint Laurent and his new exhibition “Yves Saint Laurent. This exhibition illustrated the close collaboration between Yves Saint Laurent and seven eminent textile companies in Lyon.

Afterwards we went to the Avenue Montaigne to discover the history of the big boutiques that are located on this avenue. We finished our visit with a drink and some sweets!

Past Visits

Arts of the table and champagne

Saturday, December 14th 2019

A nice visit who made us discover the art of the table à la française. The visit started by the Baccarat museum the taught up the story of the cristal, the french know how in the world of elegance and refinement through the times.

Then, we walked though the 16th arrondissement to join the Dokhan’s bar where we tasted 3 types of champagne. The somelier explained to us everything about the making of champagne.

Impressionist Art

Saturday, June 15th 2019

In the Morning, we visited the extraordinary gardens of Monet’s house, composed as a painting by the painter himself, we also visited his house and his workshop.

During the afternoon, we attended a painting workshop guided by professionals, members of the AVF association of Vernon.

The France of Kings

Saturday, May 11th 2019

Around 20 scientists from 13 diffrent nationalities were invited in the beautiful town hall, François de Mazières, and his assistant in charge of  associations, Sylvie Piganeau. In the Morning, the AVF of Versailles association had organised a visit of an old neighbourhood of the town. Members of the association opened the doors of their home, for the duration of a lunch.

On the afternoon, the group visited the Château de Versailles: public reception room (Ballroom, Gameroom, Galerie des glaces), the kings bedroom (that will soon be closed to the public), and the queen’s bedroom, restored not long ago.

The day ended after a walk in the park and a tea in a Art-déco bar in the park.

The art of chocolate

Saturday, April 13th 2019

A sweet day!

Starting by a visit to the Museum of Chocolate, we discovered the origins and the history of chocolate, from the tropical forest of the Amazon to the Royal courts in Europe.

Then, we made our own chocolate, under the guidance of a chocolatier, learning the secrets of the fabrication.

Finaly, we tasted great wines with some delicious chocolate guided by an expert. We left with our stomac full.

The art of riding at Chantilly

Sunday March 31st 2019
During this visit, we visited the Chantilly castle, its exceptional collections, its royal stables, and a magical equestrian show:

– Departure by coach bus from Orsay or Pont de Sèvres,

– Visit of the Castle (former property of the last King of France’s son), in which we can find the 2nd largest collection of ancient paintings after the Louvre (Raphaël, Ingres, Poussin, Botticcelli, Corot…) and the reading room, which contains thousands of rare and precious books and unique manuscripts.

– Stroll in the domain’s gardens : Anglo-Chinese gardens, Le Nôtre’s favorite French garden …

– A magical equestrian show in the theater of Europe’s largest stable

– Waffle with Chantilly whipped cream!

Parfum Visit

Saturday February 8th, 2020

Visite of the Perfume Museum and perfume creation workshop.

We met at the Perfume museum for a sensory afternoon.

Our noses discovered the aromatic notes of the plants, flowers, fruits and spices used to create our favourite fragrances.

But we didn’t stop there, we were guided by a professional “nose” to compose our own tailor-made perfume!

Equipped with an “essences organ”, we learned how to compose the perfume of our dreams!

The Art of Perfume

Saturday, January 9th 2019

One elegant afternoon for this visit of delicate fragrances!

An immersion in an elegant perfume museum allowed us to learn perfume manufacturing and history secrets, to put our noses to the test, and to be initiated to the different ways of wearing perfume. “Follow me Monsieur”!

After a small trip to a Haussmanien-style appartment with a private chauffeur, Marina, a professional “nose”, taught participants how to create the perfume of their dream. They left with a 50 ml bottle in a velvet box, et many memories in their mind … and nose !

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Visit of Belle Epoque Paris

Saturday Janurary 25th 2020

Grévin museum, covert walkway, Art-deco brasseries.

We spent an afternoon discovering the past of 20th century Paris.

The visit started with the Grévin museum which, with its wax figures and staging, introduced us to the kings, writers and scientists who have contributed to France’s history; we then strolled through the Parisian streets filled with Art-deco brasseries, covered passages and theatres.

We finished in style with a tasting of pastries and hot drinks in one of the restaurants whose décor has remained intact since the Belle Epoque!

Parisian Breweries

Saturday, January 19th 2019

Breweries in Paris are just like coffee shops in Vienna : friendly places to meet people in a  majestic setting, a testimony of history. We discovered the mytical Paris of Sarah Bernhardt, of Haussmann, of malls, of famous writers, of intrigues, of hidden meeting spots, often inspired by the Art Nouveau of the Belle époque.

In this visit :

We met in a very old brewery and , right from the start of the visit, dived into the Grand Paris. We traveled through the hidden paths of historical Paris and  ended with a snack in one of the most beautiful one of them.

Chevreuse and the Castle of Breteuil

July 2018

The last visit of the year was a success, with the combination of  a morning visit of the typical village of Chevreuse (going back in time to the middle ages along the streets, streaks of water, and fortified castle), and an afternoon visit of the beautiful castle of Breteuil, welcomed by the Marquis and the Comte de Breteuil.

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Ile de la Cité and Marais district Visit

Saturday May 26 2018

On May 26 2018, we wandered through the Ile de la Cité and the Marais district. We were able to appreciate both Parisian hidden spots and tourist attractions. This was quite the historical walk with our guide, Hedwige.

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Visit of the Paris bridges

Saturday April 14th, 2018

We were a small but pleasant group for our annual visit of the Paris bridges. We discovered or rediscovered the history of each bridge, from the famous  Alexandre III bridge to the “Pont-Neuf”, leading to the Vert Galant square, the key point of our walk.
The morning was followed by an improvised lunch in in the friendly and rustic restaurant of a XVII century lodge.

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Versailles visit of the city and Palace

Saturday March 24, 2018

A visit with our partners: the AVF of Versailles. The day started with a visit of the old district guided by Versailles residents. We then had an invitation to have lunch in a local family’s home, a part of our Meet Greet and Eat program. Finally, we visited the Versailles Palace with our guide Marjorie. The afternoon ended with a cup of tea in the Art Déco teahouse located in the heart of the Versailles gardens.

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Champagne tasting at Dokhan's bar

Saturday March 10, 2018

A prestigious evening in a refined setting: the Champagne bar “Dokhan’s bar”. Throughout this “secret” visit of the season, a sommelier showed the participants how this noble drink is manufactured through the tasting of 3 chosen Champagne flutes.

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Paris by night

Saturday, December 9th, 2017

During an evening tour of the center of Paris and in a friendly athmosphere, participants had the opportunity to learn more not only about the main monuments of Paris, but also the French Holiday traditions in the many Christmas markets. Key point of the night: the warm wine shared at the St. Germain-des-Prés square.

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