I was referred to Phillipe by Lisa at ParisPerfect (a great personal concierge service), who recommended Phillipe over any other tour guide giving D-Day Tours. Our expectations (my son and I) were very high, given that I'm an avid reader and student of WWII, European Theater, and we went on the Stephen Ambrose Band of Brothers tour back in 2008. We wanted to return to Normandy on our vacation this year to Paris, and Lisa thought Phillipe was the man for the job.
Phillipe arrived right on time, was very friendly and accommodating, and made the long drive to Normandy (~2.5 hours) a pleasure. Because Phillipe heard that I had some knowledge of Normandy/WWII, he was concerned he wouldn't have anything new to present on this tour. Nothing could be further from the truth: Phillipe has gone to great pains to learn about the D-Day landings, even going as far as reading German books (in German) to get a different point of view on D-Day from the Allies. As much as I've read on the subject, and in spite of the tour we took in 2008, Phillipe was a wealth of information on things I had not known.
But in addition to his encyclopaedic knowledge of D-Day, what was equally impressive to me was how he tailored the trip to be special to us. He went out of his way to take us to locations that were important to us, and made us feel as if we were his VIP clients. I can't say enough about his level of accommodation and customer service.
Finally, I was equally touched by how Phillipe interacted with my 15-year-old son, answering his questions and engaging in conversations on everything from WWII to why there are a disproportionate number of beautiful women in Paris (there are). Phillipe's demeanor and engaging personality made us both feel like we were longtime friends of his that he was showing around for the day.
We will be returning to France, and I can assure you, we will definitely use Phillipe's services again.
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