My wife and I are wildlife guides, been guiding and leading trips for 3 decades, so we know about guiding. We have traveled to over 25 countries and had over 50 guides ourselves. Paul was the best guide we have ever had. We are not just talking about his extensive knowledge, the way he is able to communicate in a real way to make you understand things you normally wouldn't, or his perfect choices of subjects to tell you a story with. We are talking he was great in the other "guide" areas as well which the average person wouldn't pick up on. Like keeping track of people, handling difficult clients, engaging people who may not be engaged, and always a big one...other tourists piggy-backing in on groups. He handled each of these difficulties with the job with incredible smoothness and professionalism.
As for my personal experience on the tour...my wife is into art and history, I am not. I have never been able to fully comprehend historical timelines or historical significance of things. Hey, I'm a wildlife guy! I knew we were seeing some famous stuff, like the David, but really they were all just "another sculpture" or another "piece of historical art". I could have gone my entire life without seeing them and never been indifferent. However, Paul was able to relate in a very simple and real manner, the significance of what I was seeing and by the end of our 5 weeks in Europe to Paris, Venice, Florence, and Rome, I was fully appreciating everything I was seeing and the value of what I saw was so much higher to me. I now know why many of these things are so incredible.
Paul not only made our tours incredible with his great guiding, but our trip to Europe overall was so much more rewarding after he was able to help us "see" what we were seeing.
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