"Under the right circumstances, museums offer a bridge to connect our contemporary lives with the experiences of people who lived hundreds—or even thousands— of years ago. As a university educator and guide, my goal is to make history come alive by unlocking the potential magic of art and historic buildings. From stories painted on canvas to inscriptions carved into stone, objects reveal visual clues that help us understand not only the individuals whose hands crafted the material, but also the kings, patrons, and societies who supported a given creation. While the details of history enhance our appreciation, museums also offer a space for collective reflection where we discover timeless themes and shared human values. Every tour I give is unique because each of my clients brings his or her personality to the experience. This is one of the advantages of small group tours, and I take great pleasure in accompanying visitors as they discover the beauty of Paris."
My favorite place in Paris to start a Sunday afternoon stroll is the Place des Vosges. Opera singers and street musicians can often be heard performing under the arcades to the delight of passers-by.
Stephanie Nadalo is a social and art historian whose research examines Early Modern Europe and the Mediterranean. She holds a PhD in History from Northwestern University, where she previously earned a MA in Art History. After several years researching in the archives of Italy, Stephanie has settled in Paris where she is a professor of art history and museum studies at Parsons Paris, The New School of Art & Design.