This city used to be called "A state within the state". Since my childhood, I've always been curious about old stones and ancient times, and more specifically about La Rochelle's extraordinary history. This brought me to get a local degree in art history and archeology.
After seven years living abroad in Ireland, the Middle East and South America, I came back to my beloved town in 2013. I now work as a part-time French teacher in secondary schools and as a private tour guide.
Thanks to my studies and my readings, I have an in-depth knowledge of La Rochelle and the past of the Charentes region. From the first Roman settlements, to the Protestant empowerment and its international trade golden age, and then the slow decline of the city power and independence after the great siege led by Cardinal de Richelieu.
As a tour guide, my goal is to share with you my understanding and adapt my explanations to what is important to you. So, tell me wether you're more interested in general history or in the little stories that the great one is made of, or both. Whatever you decide, I'll illustrate my comments by showing you La Rochelle's architectural distinctive features. It will be an honor to guide you through La Rochelle center and the historical and natural beauties that surround the city.
Don't hesitate to contact me and share your expectations with me! Most of the tours I offer can be adapted to suit your desires.
I can't wait to meet you and show you around La Rochelle!
A Recent Review of this guide
I can not say enough about my great experience with Romain & ToursByLocals. We were planning to visit France in May to see our ancestral home with my parents, then Covid happened. I reached out to Romain, and he along with the tour co. created a virtual tour platform and a wonderful tour personalized to our family, based on some family history we sent. Romain took pics of the city and illustrations to hilite his presentation. He answered our questions and actually spent extra time with us. 20 stars!
- 2004 local degree in Art History and Archeology
- 2006 Modern Literature degree
- 2013 tour guide in Bordeaux, now restarting in La Rochelle
I am not a driver guide but I can arrange transportation upon request.
I am not licensed to guide inside museums due to local regulations.