Julia Browne 

Georgetown, ON Canada
An independent affiliate of Vision Travel Solutions - Georgetown, ON
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  • Festivals & Events
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  • Culture, History & Arts
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  • United Kingdom
  • France
  • Germany
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  • English
  • French

My Background

I help travelers to France and Europe experience a unique perspective they won't find with any other travel advisor. Walking The Spirit Tours expertly blends the rich cultural exchange between Black culture - jazz, Josephine Baker, artists, writers, intellectuals - with the delights and traditions of Paris and beyond.

I was born in England, grew up in Canada, and found the 'home-in-my-heart' in France. My travel career began as a flight attendant and 25 years later has developed to focus on signature tours and itinerary planning.

I lived and raised my family in Paris and south of France for over a decade and I use my everyday and exceptional moments to design unique, exciting, and off-the-beaten-path itineraries. Our reach is expanding into Berlin, Italy, Spain and the UK.

Located near Toronto, our heritage itineraries also introduce travelers to a diverse Toronto and Nova Scotia

My ideal clients are curious individuals and groups who love to connect to authentic cultural experiences.

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Friendly and expert service

By: ronv

Reviewed on: 20 Mar 2015

The trip was extraordinary. My wife and I celebrated our wedding anniversary. While the trip, itself, was a gift from our children, other activities, such as tours, were handle through Julie Brown's office and direction. The assistance and directions from Ms. Browns office made our travels more than we could have expected. If we plan another trip France, our efforts and arrangements for tour activities will match what we did on our latest outing.
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Paris Bus Tour

By: Desiree

Reviewed on: 18 Aug 2015

Hello, I was planning on sending an email to express how happy we were with the tour. The bus was nice, the driver was very pleasant and our guide was fabulous. She had so much information and the pictures and music was an added plus. We would recommend your tour to others and thank you for taking care of my group. Desiree

Engaging tour

By: mtonylouis

Reviewed on: 14 Jun 2016

I had the wonderful opportunity to participate in one of Julia's tours through Walking Spirit Tours! She is a fun, intelligent, and engaging tour host, and it was one of my best days there in Paris. I highly recommend tours through her company!

Spirit of Black DC - Amazing Tour Experience!

By: TessN

Reviewed on: 12 Jun 2016

This tour far exceeded our expectations. As a serious history devotee my appetite for local D.C. black history was more than satisfied in an amazing full-day experience with Dr. Bernie Demczuk. Bernie, a long-time resident of the historic black community of Shaw, teaches black history courses at George Washington University so his credibility was firmly established before we met. I was looking for a general overview of recent (last 150 years) black history and Bernie really delivered. One tour highlight was the Frederick Douglass mansion in Anacostia. The house and accompanying museum contain objects and stories that give detailed meaning to the life of Douglass and his family. Bernie, along with being an expert in his field, is a warm, energetic individual who loves his work. This was one of the best tours we have ever taken and is highly recommended.

Outstanding, informative tour!

By: PatL

Reviewed on: 31 May 2016

My daughter, her college roommate and I did the From Harlem-Sur-Seine to Africa in Paris Walking tour on May 25th with Kevi. It was my 4th tour and I enjoy them more each time I do them. Kevi was extremely knowledgable about Paris and offered so many historical tidbits. He was pleasant, courteous and mindful of the the pace of the tour. I highly recommend these tours.

Wonderful Tour!

By: Chas.

Reviewed on: 03 Jun 2016

This was a wonderful tour and one I highly recommend.

My trip to Paris

By: A satisfied client

Reviewed on: 17 Jun 2016

Julia was absolutely professional in planning my excursion. Although the SEINE river flooding caused some degree of disappointment, Julia gave some very helpful guidance that made up for it all. We were most impressed when she intervened to make a restaurant dinner appointment for us and did follow up to ensure that we were satisfied. I highly recommended her to my Birthday party group on Sunday June 12, and will do so to any other interested persons. A satisfied client

Excellent Tour of Paris History, Society and Culture

By: KatieC

Reviewed on: 24 Aug 2016

Our tour with Julia's colleague, Kevi, was thought-provoking, memorable and truly enjoyable. It was a unique experience and Kevi's expert and critical (in the best sense of the word) perspective ensured that we saw and learned about not only the traditional sights and stories of Parisienne landmarks, but also the nuanced ways in which issues of race, colonialism and national values continue to shape contemporary France. It was a real pleasure to be so intellectually engaged throughout the three hours; the experience was above and beyond the expected guided tour. We will enthusiastically recommend Julia's company, Walk the Spirit, to our friends.

Unforgettable Paris Tour

By: Juna

Reviewed on: 31 Oct 2016

Our tour was terrific. Julia is very knowledgeable on the Black History of Paris and was awesome in sharing this knowledge and the sites of Paris.

Expert Friendly Service


Reviewed on: 18 Nov 2016

A lot of thought and attention to detail was put into the planning and execution of our trip. Everything was done to optimize the amount of time we had to spend in the cities we visited. Julia is very professional and thorough, I highly recommend her services.

Spirit of Black Paris

By: Janlee67

Reviewed on: 13 Nov 2016

My group went on "Walking the Spirit Tours" of Black Paris and thoroughly enjoyed the entire afternoon with the owner/tour guide Julia Browne. She proved to be extremely knowledgeable about her subject matter and was enthusiastic in her deliver of the material, which made our group even more eager to learn. Her delivery was so contagious that several of the group wanted a list of books and movies they could use to further their knowledge of Blacks in Paris. Ms. Browne has followed up and sent a list of books , movies, DVD's and a documentary that we can use. Again kudos to Ms. Browne for a well organized tour. I would definitely recommend this tour to anyone going to Paris that has an interest in learning about Blacks in Paris


By: David96

Reviewed on: 14 Nov 2016

Julia booked the hotel. LeHotel is a nice hotel with a great location. Easy to get to from train station. And you could walk everywhere from the hotel. Hotel staff was very helpful and nice.

Wonderful!!! Five Stars

By: Eryn and fam

Reviewed on: 19 Jan 2017

Our trip was Wonderful! The tour guide was exceptionally knowledgeable; not only about details regarding the tour, but also about related and tangential aspects of Black history in Paris and current race relations around the country. I only wish we had more time to enjoy all of the tours that your company provides. We'll certainly book another tour during our next visit to Paris!

Black Paris and London

By: Klawja

Reviewed on: 19 Aug 2017

Excellent! She was thorough and patient. Her attention to detail enhanced my experience

Fabulous Trip & A Real Home From Home.

By: Vernon

Reviewed on: 19 Apr 2017

My wife & her sister took care of our trip to Washington D.C. The AirBnB accommodations package was as close to perfect as we could imagine. Much better than previous hotel arrangements. The location on Pennsylvania Ave. was very well situated with bus and Metro transportation within minutes of our address. Shopping was a snap as it was literally across the avenue. The temperature was balmy during day & night, which made for easy slumber in the lovely beds and warm showers got the day off to an excellent start. The kitchen provided for all of the quick meals we needed before departure and upon our return. The laundry was well situated and easy to use. Thanks for providing detergent!!! The 25 minute drive to and from Ronald Reagan Airport was also impressive. No complaints - just wished there were more variety, news, CNN, MSNBC, BBC, Abc, NBC Etc. We like to keep up with news. Otherwise Fab trip & we'll be back!!!

Our Week in Paris

By: St. Louis Traveler

Reviewed on: 14 Jul 2017

My family and I were impressed not only with Julia's overall knowledge of our destination but with the care she gave to make sure the interests of adults and children were all met. From the orientation we received about Paris and our neighborhood there, to the advice she was able to provide along the way, to the accommodations and tours themselves, and even to the follow up afterward, we felt assured and confident at every step, thanks to Julia Browne!

Wonderful hours with the Spirit of Black Paris Tour

By: Shoshana

Reviewed on: 19 Jul 2017

Julia Browne arranged a wonderful tour of historical and artistic sites in Paris. Kevi Donat, our guide, was informed, articulate, and fascinating. He made the history come alive, from the early twentieth century to the present. The pictures on his iPad provided additional visual context and enrichment. I'd taken one of Julia's tours in 2008, and I was delighted to be able to experience one again. I appreciated the clear communication before the tour, and I was very grateful to receive a phone call on the morning of the tour to let me know that the vehicle would be late on account of traffic. I am grateful for the wonderful time and for the memories.
Not Recommended

Nor please with planning experience...

By: This is 40 Paris

Reviewed on: 30 Oct 2017

I didn't have the best experience working with Ms. Browne. I contacted her initially for the Black Paris tour and noticed that she also offered planning services as well. After our Skype call, I made the required deposit and unfortunately had to wait a while before we got the ball rolling. However when we did start I found that Ms. Browns suggestions were not what we discussed and not within the budget I discussed as well. I wanted her services to organize things prior to our arrival. I found her pricing for transportation and ticketing to be higher than the going prices I found online and ended up having to book events on my own including my birthday dinner. She passed the entire dinner contract over to me because she didn't or couldn't handle the pricing with the restaurant. The end result was packaged well as she used a helpful app in presenting our trip to us but there was a real tug of war working with Ms. Browne and it was completed 1-2 days prior to us arriving.

Great connections!

By: TiaB

Reviewed on: 01 Nov 2017

Julia had phenomenal connections to local tour guides and offered fantastic packages. Our guide gave us more time, history, and energy that we ever expected. It was a great way to begin our trip.

Well organized. Well run. Thank you!

By: Dee

Reviewed on: 05 Dec 2017

Julia did a great job in connecting us to exactly the right guide for the type of trip we needed -- the Black Images of the Louvre tour. She helped steer us to selecting the best date and time, which was challenging given our very tight travel schedule. All tour details were handled smoothly and professionally. My entire family enjoy our tour, and we all will recommend it to any others visiting Paris.

Spirit of Black Paris Tour

By: msac

Reviewed on: 12 Jan 2018

Working with Julia Browne's Walking the Spirit Tour was a tremendous experience. In the past 6 years my companion and I have traveled to Paris 8 times. We have taken a roughly 6 or 7 formal organized tours, and the 'Spirit of Black Paris Tour' with Kevi Donat was one of the 3 best tour guides with whom we have traveled. Mr. .Donat was well read, well traveled, deeply knowledgable about history and culture, and able to engage perspectives from black cultures affected by colonialism, neo-colonialism, and slavery, and to do so from different theoretical and philosophical perspectives. He was gracious, courteous, attentive, pleasant, and charming--in short, an ideal tour guide! Julia Browne's company is superb!

My Client's Experience

By: JR

Reviewed on: 17 Apr 2018

I am submitting this on behalf of my client and myself, our experience working with Julia was amazing and very impressive. Her specialty tours are golden for Paris as in the words of my client "who would have thought"? She is very professional and provided a wonderful overview of the tours which actually have me excited and eager to book all clients who travel to Paris. Her services are definitely a great asset to Paris!!

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