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 makes Dominique passionate about her job?
Dominique is very interested in meeting people who have very different art background, some being inexperienced, some being skilled amateurs. She likes to learn from people as they learn from me. Being a guide is an everlasting learning process.
Domnique also loves 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.
She also very much likes to mix serious art history notions with little anecdotes about the life and work of artists, historical figures or artworks.
Which place is your favorite in Versailles?
Even though I enjoy every bits and pieces of Versailles classical and rococco architecture, my favourite is undoutedly the “Petit Trianon”, the Small Trianon, built for Louis the XVth favourite Madame de Pompadour but whose famous host is Marie Antoinette. Its light, delicate and pure architectural ligns, its fine decorations and the variety of its room (from billard room to bed chamber and even kitchen) makes it a gem of your full day tour.
Dominique, what is your favorite anecdote about Versailles?
Have you heard of Louis the XIVth dancing shoes? You can see him wearing them on one of his portrait. But strangely on that very portrait his face looks quite old to be still dancing at his age. No problem! The painter had to include the shoes anyway and might even have cheated using a younger dancer for the king’s legs! Nonetheless, Louis loved the portrait and had it reproduced several times to send a copy to his allies and friends! He is such a cheeky modern king 😉
Any special interests within history / art / tourism? Why?
17th century European painting and sculpture is one of my favorite moments in art history. It is a time when some great artists rose and transformed art: Caravaggio, Rubens, Rembrandt, Vermeer, Velazquez… It is also a time when they were no borders within Europe for artists who could feed themselves from one another.
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