When I arrived, I did not expect to find such a rich region in terms of history. Actually, I moved to a town liberated by the 3-rd Canadian Infantry division. My father-in-law had lived through the German occupation and I had some relatives who had been taking part in the WWII battles. As I had been already passionate about the WWII history, it was interesting to learn about the D-day and visit any single museum.
I have a Master degree in teaching. So, guiding for me is like teaching people. During 3 years, I worked as a D-day guide in local Normandy guiding companies. I've broadened knowledge about the D-day and learnt about the Mont Saint Michel, Honfleur, Normandy history and art. Finally, I have become a certified guide of France. My job is both my passion and hobby, which makes my dream come true.
I like meeting up with new and nice people, sharing my knowledge, time, and showing my region. I do not provide only historical facts, but I am trying to recreate various battles around Normandy by telling remarkable and involving stories and using maps and photos.
I'm a friendly easy-going person and I always follow and respect your pace.
I do hope to have the pleasure to welcoming you on my tour.
A Recent Review of this guide
Elena was a great tour guide - personable, knowledgeable and friendly. She provided a thorough history but provided just the right amount of detail. She also knew a great deal about the Normandy area. We recommend her highly!
2017 Guide - conférencier or Licensed guide of France (N° GC 2017-14-005D)
2017 French license of transportation company (N° JVE 251701002)
2014-2016 - Private guide in guiding companies (Normandy)
2011-2012 Caen University - Baccalaureate degree in tourism
1996-2001 NSP University - Master's degree in pedagogy
It would be possible to book a tour using your rental car (less expensive coast). Please note that I'm not allowed to drive your car due to insurance issues.
My car can fit up to 6 people comfortably.