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 presents, and they're more easy 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 in an 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, home made 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
3 impressive sites make this tour a great value. Gustavo has the knowledge & personality to present their histories in a concise manner. The setting of Chenonceau & the architecture of Chambord alone make it worthwhile to book this tour. Experience a fascinating day in the Loire Valley away from crowded Paris.
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).