Who we are
Our Team : We have a team of excellent guides, including those whose names appear below, and other guides who work with us from time to time. The guides for our scheduled tours are always native speakers (English or American) speak excellent French, have lived in France for many years and know French culture well. We aim to make French history accessible so that the tours are informative but also enjoyable. We also have some charming French guides, who are perfect ambassadors, taking great pleasure in showing Paris to visitors. These guides conduct some of our small group private tours, in Paris and Versailles.
All our guides are university graduates, knowledgeable, professional
and enthusiastic about Paris and its history.
Peter and Oriel Caine are qualified guide lecturers. Peter has a degree in History and History of Art, and Oriel has a masters in History and French literature. They are English but have both been living in Paris for the last 30 years and set up Paris Walking Tours in January 1994. They have developed about one hundred different themes for visits in and around the city. The tours mix history, art and architecture and provide an opportunity for both local residents and discerning visitors to deepen their knowledge of the city. While running the company they also regularly guide the tours. In 2003 they published the book 'Paris Then and Now' a beautiful record of the city, past and present.
Christopher Spence grew up in England, (where he acquired his British sense of humour) but has lived in Paris for 15 years. He is a teacher, writer, performer, singer song-writer, and has a particular interest in geology and palaeontology. He is a dedicated fossil hunter, writes articles for the International Herald Tribune on his special interests, and conducts many of our group tours including Hemingway, the Revolution, the special tours of the catacombs and the sewers. His walks are much appreciated for the way he presents the information in an enjoyable way.
Brad Newfield is a historian, with a doctorate, and a particular interest in Franco-American relations. He regularly conducts our Revolution Tours, the Hemingway walk, and the Writers of the Left Bank (which includes Fitzgerald, Gertrude Stein and the original Shakespeare and Co). He has developed special walks on the theme of Jefferson and Franklin, Jewish History, Afro-American Paris and Paris during the Occupation.
Richelle Sheppard is our fashion specialist. She is American, trained in design and fashion and has lived in Paris for many years. She is a qualified Paris blue badge guide, and regularly conducts our tours of Montmartre, the Two Islands and our Art Nouveau circuit. Her fashion tours are an enjoyable mixture of history, anecdotes, and fascinating glimpses into the secrets of the industry.
Mary-Ellen Manny is from Minnesota. She has lived in Paris for many years where she works as guide and teacher. She is enthusiastic about French history and culture, and has specialised in medieval history, the story of Paris during the Occupation, and French food. She has the honour of being made a judge for the famous Ste Maure goats' cheeses from the Loire Valley and she leads our Taste of Paris Tour in the Les Halles market district.
Cerise Thelwall trained in art history at the Courtauld Institute in London and the Ecole du Louvre in Paris. She is a qualified Paris guide and leads our regular scheduled walks, our museum tours, and our private tours to Versailles. On her tours young children enjoy learning about history and art history.
Jennifer Burdon is English and has been living in Paris for many years. She has a masters degree from Durham University where she specialised in 19th Century French literature. She now guides many of our tours, including The French Revolution, Pere Lachaise Cemetery, Afro American Paris, Hemingway's Paris, and our private museum tours. She conducts the tours with charm and a subtle British wit.
James M'Kenzie-Hall is a historian, educated at Durham in England, and at the Sorbonne, with a PhD in art history (19thC illustrated travel books). He is an excellent all rounder and his many interests include antiques, art history, and the two World Wars are his speciality. His CD on the D Day landings can be purchased in museums and cemeteries in Normandy.
Brigitte Young is the epitome of the entente cordiale, as she is half French and half English, grew up and went to University in England and now lives in France. She conducts our scheduled and private tours and is one of our food and chocolate specialists, leading both our excellent Chocolate Tasting Tour and our gourmet Taste of Paris Tour.
Isabelle Pepin is a Franco-American, who was born and grew up in France. She studied at the American University in Paris and has a doctorate in Art History. As both a teacher and a local guide and she communicates her enthusiasm for Paris, it's art and history. She is a research assistant for the Historical society of Montmartre.
Chloé Baker has French, Australian and British heritage. She studied French language and civilization at the University of London in Paris, she is bilingual and works as a writer, journalist and actress in both English and French. She guides our scheduled tours of the Paris neighbourhoods and those with a literary theme.
Iris Amice (Iris Grossman) studied translation and interpreting in French at Indiana University in Bloomington. She is now settled in Paris where she is a blue badge local guide, and she loves sharing stories about the personalities who have shaped French history. Iris is one of our family specialists, bringing history alive for young people. She guides our private family tours, and private tours to Versailles. Iris developed our chocolate tour and some delicious food tours.
Malcolm Livesey is British, loves France and French history, has lived in Paris for thirty years, where he has worked as a teacher, translator and guide. He is a classically trained singer with a fine baritone voice which you may be lucky enough to hear on one of the tours when the opportunity arises. He guides many walks but particularly enjoys tours with musical themes such as the Opera House and the cemetery of Père Lachaise where many musicians have found their final resting place.
Flavia Claes is Belgian, she was born in England, and speaks beautiful English, she has degrees in history and art history, (she studied in Belgium, Britain and in Paris at the Ecole du Louvre) She now lives near Paris and is a qualified guide in France. She has a long experience as a guide for both adults and children.
Our tours are recommended in these guide books and publications :
Rick Steves, Time Out, Kate Muir, Lonely Planet, Paris for Dummies, Fodor's, Access Guide, Dorling-Kindersley, The Rough Guide, and in many journals including the San Francisco Examiner, The Times, The Mail on Sunday, The New York Times, The Sunday Times and The Economist.
What the Papers Say !
The Mail on Sunday (one of Britain's most famous papers) gave our walk in Montmartre 9/10 as the best guided tour offered in Paris, the best value for money, and described the guide as "unflagging in her enthusiasm for one of the most beautiful villages in Paris". The journalist reported a customer as having said "Even in the rain this was great. I'm going to do another walk tomorrow." The Economist Magazine: enthusiastic guides who educate visitors about the architecture and history of Paris.