Although I was born and raised in Michigan, I studied French literature, history and culture at UCF in Orlando where I obtained my Bachelor’s degree. A post-undergrad internship program brought me to Normandy for 8 weeks working on my master’s in French, where I completely fell in love with walking in the footsteps of historical personages and feeling them come to life through my surroundings. My studies took on new meaning and when I was offered a job at the end of the internship I jumped with wild, unbridled glee at the chance. My parents and family stateside did not. They got over it. They now enjoy coming to visit on a regular basis. In fact, they and many of my North American friends were the tourists I used as guinea pigs to refine my talents as a tour guide.
Initially I was of the mindset that an additional entry on my résumé would be quite impressive. That was 32 years ago and here I am, living in surroundings which never stop summoning the “wow” effect I first felt when I visited the crypt in the cathedral of Rouen, where Richard the Lionheart chose to inter his heart. I fully understand his symbolic gesture as I believe my heart will also be in Normandy forever. It’s just one of those places.
Art, architecture, local food and drink, history and the Norman people have convinced me to stay put. My enthusiasm for this beautiful area has developed over time into a need to share my Normandy with you. The vehicles I’ve chosen to express that are various.
Obviously I work as a tour guide, but I also write historical novels set in Normandy. I’ve recently been published in the World War II Quarterly in USA as a feature article writer. My personal website France vacations made easy.com helps vacation plans come alive and I’ve a secret audiovisual project in the works even as I write this.
I relish questions from my clients, and strive to make sure they understand the background of the places we visit. I do my best to get you off the beaten path, tell little known anecdotes and focus on people rather than statistics. Of course, if we do a D-Day tour you’ll get plenty of those as well, but the human experience of a common soldier will be a focus. WW2 history tours are my particular favorites, although I love the Impressionist artists of Dieppe and Rouen as those cities are close to my home town.
Arts History and Museums
Fashion and Jewelry
Wine and Gastronomy
Gardens and Botanic
History, Historical Sites and Monuments
Traditions and Local History
Vintage Furniture and Flea Market
Off the Beaten Tracks Local Sites
Religion, Religous Monuments