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Originally from Belgium, I have lived and worked in Normandy for over 15 years. Here I successfully combined my B. A. degree in Tourism and Travel Management and my passion for military history to make me one of the few Normandy tourism professionals who has worked as a museum, battlefield and military cemetery guide.
I am fluent in English, French and Dutch.
My career started as a guide at the D-Day Landings Museum in Arromanches, the very first museum in Normandy in commemoration of the D-Day landings inaugurated on 5 June 1954.
In 2004 I was the first battlefield guide hired by the renowned Normandy battlefield tour company Battlebus, enhancing my already extensive knowledge of the Normandy battlefields and guiding literally thousands of visitors along the D-Day sites.
In 2007 I was selected to become a US Government employee with the American Battle Monuments Commission acting as the agency's first interpretive guide at the Normandy American Cemetery where I helped establish a new interpretive program at this iconic site of American history. While there I conducted a wide variety of tours to a large number of military groups, congressional delegations, business leaders, veteran organizations, universities, schools and the general public. Among the significant individuals I have guided are Secretary of State John Kerry, former New York Mayor Rudolph Giuliani, US Ambassadors to France Craig Stapleton and Charles Rivkin, Secretary of the Army John McHugh and Subway Founder and CEO Fred Di Luca just to name a few.
To perfect my guide skills I trained with the National Park Service and certified to become a guide and trainer with the National Association for Interpretation.
Over the years I was also particularly honored to assist hundreds of next-of-kin who lost a family member buried in the Normandy American Cemetery.
In 2012 I created a non-profit organization called Moulin des Rondelles 1944 which raised funds to help 10 American families who lost an ancestor in Normandy during WWII, travel to Normandy for the 70th anniversary of D-Day.
For the 70th anniversary of the end of WWII in Europe I acted as Director of European Operations for the WWII Foundation, a not for profit organization which aims to capture important WWII oral histories.
Being an avid hiker, I also wrote and produced a 2016 WWII documentary entitled « Preserving A Legacy : In the Footsteps of Bud Owens » following the journey of a downed American airman from Normandy to Andorra hiking across the Pyrenees mountains.
I currently operate a variety of D-Day tours for travellers to Normandy as an independent guide and would love to create a purposeful, organized, enjoyable relevant D-Day themed tour for you, your family, your friends and/or your colleagues.
So see you soon in Normandy!
Bachelor Degree Tourism and Recreation Management - Erasmus Hogeschool Brussels 2001
Certified Interpretive Guide - National Association for Interpretation 2008
Certified Interpretive Presenter - American Battle Monuments Commission 2009
Certified Interpretive Trainer - National Association for Interpretation 2010, 2014, 2018
Interpret Europe - Member 2018
Normandy Battlefield Tour Guide Association (NBGTA) Member 2017, 2018
All my attention goes to putting together a meaningful and enjoyable guiding experience for you and that is why I leave the driving to one of the two excellent professional drivers I work with or in your capable hands. Guiding is what I do best!