Born in Normandy near Lisieux, both my grandparents lived through the German occupation, and both were in the French Resistance.
That really started my passion for digging in the past. After an education in Lisieux, I went studying History and Journalism in Paris at the Sorbonne. Then, I worked for some years in Paris, then moved to England. I came back to my beloved country in 2009.
I started doing tours for friends from California, years ago, then friends of their friends, and I now take people on my tours who become my new friends ;o)
I am a professional guide for three years now, and I really love it!
I know and love my region. I have been here almost all my life, ( 43 years. . . too much ;o) and I have so many things to show you.
I have lived elsewhere but I can tell you that the "Paradise" is for me "here" in the green pastures of Normandy.
I am married and have two lovely daughters.
The real kick in the "job" is to meet amazing people, have them fall in love with Normandy, and then have them come again and again, and again.
As a real History buff, I now can take people on Vikings tours, sailing a real Viking ship, and see how our ancestors lived. I try as much as possible to do things the best as I can. I am a perfectionist I assume.
"Beauty lies in the details". Besides, I am also a "gourmand".
I love cooking and finding new and good places to eat in Normandy, no good for the waist, especially here with the cheese and creamy diet.
I review restaurants quite often for some cooking guides and I can bring you on a "Foodie tour " tasting some local cheese, cider and Calvados- Normandy apple brandy.
I am now also now doing Audio Guides, and Live Stream Tours for various tour companies.
I will sure see you very soon on one of my Tours.
A Recent Review of this guide
My wife and I very much enjoyed our virtual tour with Igor this morning. We both have always enjoyed history and reading about historical events. Igor was terrific.!! We learned quite a few things that we had never heard about before with respect to "why's" some things happened the way they did, thus making our session more memorable. We especially enjoyed Igor's photography and the maps which really helped with our understanding of what he was telling us (e.g. his discussions of the Hedgerows).
MA in History by the Sorbonne University 2000.
Fully Licensed Professonial Driver
Regional Guide Certificate