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 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 welcome you on my tour.
A Recent Review of this guide
Elena provided a spectacular day of American D Day touring to our family. Her vast knowledge and numerous maps and pictures greatly enhanced the historic sites. We couldn't imagine viewing them without her (a) getting us there and (b) us trying to somehow know all of the what's and why's. She made the across the ocean trip go from good to fabulous. Elena's follow up email with food and site suggestions was much appreciated. We are planning on Dead Man's tomorrow.
2019 Interpretive Guide Training Workshop
2017 Guide - conférencier or Licensed guide of France (N° GC 2017-14-005D)
2017 French license of transportation company (N° JVE 251701002)
2014-2016 - Guide-driver guiding companies in 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 cost). Please, note that I'm not allowed to drive your car due to insurance issues.
My car can fit up to 6 people comfortably.