Dominique was born in Pittsburgh, PA, and spent a few years abroad before her family came back to France, in the region of Lyon. After graduating from business school, her first career was that of a communication manager for several international companies. After 15 years she decided to go back to school to get a Master in art history at the Ecole du Louvre and became a licensed national guide.
What drawn you to become a guide of history and art?
As a child, I have always spent summer vacation touring Europe with my family and visiting churches, monuments, palaces, museums. This has created my artistic bases, which, after my studies, I felt I needed to share.
What makes you passionate about your job?
I am very interested in meeting people who have very different art background, some being inexperienced, some being skilled amateurs. I like to learn from them as they learn from me.
Being a guide is an everlasting learning process.
How would you describe your style of guiding?
I love to have a very interactive experience, especially with children who are keen on identifying what they have learned during the tours, for instance recognizing gods and goddesses from Roman and Greek mythologies.
I also very much like to mix serious art history notions with little anecdotes about the life and work of artists, historical figures or artworks.
What is your favorite part of Versailles (or the other locations we offer tours to) and / or the French Monarchy? Why?
I am very fond of Marie-Antoinette’s hamlet because it is a little haven of calm and apparent simplicity within this all grandeur of the estate of Versailles. It also makes us understand why this specific queen needed a refuge, far from the etiquette of Versailles.
What are the tours that Dominique run ?
^ Marie Antoinette’s Estate Tour ]
if you are keen to know more about the extravagant life and personality of France’s last Queen, this is the tour for you.
Price: 145€ / pers for 6 Duration: 4 hrs door-to-door
^ The Unmissables Half Day Tour ]
A perfect taster to Versailles if you are short of time or if you are a first time visitor.
Price: 155€ / pers for 6 Duration: 5 hrs door-to-door
^ Through The Hidden Doors Full day Tour ]
Go behind the scenes with your personal guide with exclusive access to areas closed to the general public.
Price: 220€ / pers for 6 Duration: 9 hrs door-to-door
^ Vaux le Vicomte Tour ]
A true hidden gem! A magical place that inspired the construction of the Palace of Versailles. Come with us to see for yourself how the King of France found himself a rival. The largest, still inhabited private estate in France, Vaux le Vicomte will not disappoint.
Price: 180€ / pers for 6 Duration: 5 hrs door-to-door
^ The Louvre Tour ]
Residence of the French King before becoming a Museum, who wouldn’t have heard of the most famous art Museum in the world? But with this tour, you will discover a more hidden history of this grandiose landmark. Plus, view and interpret our selection of the best artefacts found at the Museum.
Price: 90€ / pers for 6 Duration: 2,5 hrs door-to-door
^ Giverny & Versailles Tour ]
Captivating art, impressive history, stunning gardens! Enjoy this and even more with this special tour, visiting two of the most alluring places in France. Learn about Monet & the Impressionist art movement in Giverny then immerse in the life of the French Monarchs in Versailles.
Price: 270€ / pers for 6 Duration: 9 hrs door-to-door