The Great War became a passion when in 1981, Nelly and I purchased a bar and restaurant just opposite Ploegsteert Memorial to Missing. We still meet people coming from all over the world at our place.
I started doing research with Ted Smith and Tony Spagnoly in the eighties, and then with many other authors and historians.
I am now a specialized battlefield guide in the plains of Flanders in Belgium and the Somme area in France.
Below you will find my standard tours but I can also build a custom tour, you provide the information and I'll do the rest.
I like to talk about history of course but also about all what makes our daily life in France and Belgium.
I am flexible, provide a high standard service, can bring a walker or a wheelchair to make your tour more comfortable. I am using digital maps and old pictures of the places you will visit.
For the tours I use a Mercedes Vito Tourer fully equipped and fully insured for tour purposes.
A Recent Review of this guide
We really enjoyed our time with Claude. He had a wealth of knowledge to share about the battlefields and was able to explain in full at a level we were able to comprehend. We really appreciated that we had sufficient time at each location and at no time did we feel rushed or hurried but rather had the opportunity to discover at our own pace. At the end of the day we appreciated being delivered back to our apartment in Brussels. Thanks Claude for a wonderful time.
Guide license "GL70/2007.03 delivered by the "Commisariat Général au Tourisme.
Transport license TLAB251 300/1. (mandatory in Europe)
Official guide of the "Tourist Office of Comines-Warneton"
Member of the Scientific Committee of the "Plugsreet 14-18 Interpretative Centre"
Member of the "Royal British Legion" Somme Branch
Member of the "Western Front Association"