Having an art history background I started to guide big groups in landmarks and museums. It's fine, don't misunderstand me, but the result can be impersonal and a little cold. So now I focus on small groups, private tours. With these, communication is fluent, interaction and implication are present, and they're easier going.
My main target is to give you a full understanding of what you see, this can be a building, a landscape or a work of art.
I avoid anecdotes and I love subjects. Besides, in my opinion, guiding is a spontaneous act. If you want to get paid for that, you should keep it spontaneous, avoid the speeches and stay on track.
To finish, treat travelers the same way you want to be treated when you're abroad.
I'm interested in stones and canvases, books and bossa nova, homemade cake, wine and all the food that comes from the land, the terroir, local handmade food.
I do have a license to guide you in museums, which means that we can use the group entrances skipping the individual entrances lines in a lot of places. Besides, I take care of the visit, not an audio-guide.
I do also have the license required to transport you, together with the liability insurances required by the French government regarding this activity.
I work with different vehicles ( Mercedes Viano, Mercedes class C, Renault Espace V, BMW X5) , so for example; I can pick you up at your hotel, guide you at the Orsay museum, drive you the next day to a wine region for a tasting tour, and finally drop you off in another hotel somewhere in France.
Everything can be arranged; I'm flexible and open to all propositions.
I'll be really pleased to meet you in Paris.
PS and really important: verify availability asking me directly by mail before booking (especially between April and October).
A Recent Review of this guide
My family from Texas (a total of 8) had a fantastic time with Gustavo. Very knowledgeable on our tour of Paris. The Louvre, the Eiffel Tower, wonderful lunch and Notre-Dame. He know Paris history very well. Learned so much from him. Our four boys (ages 16, 15, 14 and nine) were fascinated . Gustavo picked us up in a very nice/comfortable van. His knowledge on art and history are amazing. I highly recommend Gustavo. He is taking us to Normandy later this week. You can't go wrong with Gustavo.
Art history degree by the University of Barcelona.
Official " guide conferencier" card ( ancient "guide interprete" card). Issued by the ministry of culture and tourism.
License to transport travelers issued by the DRE (direction régionale de l'équipement).