Meet the team behind Meet the Locals!

Our story:

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It started with two sisters…

There was Dominique, the redhead with green eyes; and Isabelle, the brunette with blue eyes. (Don’t try to figure out who is the oldest—they’ve already taken all the info offline!) They’ve been working together since the days when they had to clean up their playroom! Even then, it was clear that Dominique was the left brain and Isabelle was the right brain of the team. Soon they were collaborating on round-the-world trips!

Wherever they travelled…

These two enthusiastic globetrotters found that the richest and most unique experiences came from meeting and talking with locals. In 2015, the sisters decided it was time share their own expertise. They wanted to create a network of locals that visitors could learn from wherever they went. That idea gave birth to Meet the Locals: an innovative, immersive tour agency. Paris became their new playground!

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To make their dream a reality…

Dominique and Isabelle joined up with Sophie, who brought decades’ worth of experience as a Paris guide to the team. (Sorry, her hair color changes too often to keep up!) Sophie knows Paris frou-frou … oops, we meant “through and through!”

Making tourists feel like locals…

That became their motto. The three began recruiting enthusiastic Paris insiders—whom they called Welcomers—who were happy to share their insights, discoveries, and favorite local spots with sightseers.
But they didn’t want just any locals. They handpicked people with serious knowledge, but who don’t take themselves too seriously. Their dream is that you’ll start your tour with a stranger and end it with a friend!

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The team looks forward to meeting you!

Dominique: running the show

Parisian since forever. Dominique co-founded Meet the Locals after a career in marketing for the luxury hotel industry. She also launched a series of Lonely Planet travel guides for parents with young children. For her, curiosity is a cardinal virtue and laughter is infectious!

My favorite place

The banks of the Seine, preferably after dark

My Favorite Quote

“Between possible and impossible: two letters and a state of mind”.
Charles de Gaulle

My péché Mignon

Raiding bakeries for chouquettes

My super power

I speak fluent cat!

Isabelle: balancing the books

Isabelle lives on the banks of the lovely Oise river, just a stone’s throw from Paris. To Isabelle, organization is second nature. Financial figures, charts and tables hold no secret for her. Her cheerfulness lights up the team.

My favorite place

Auvers-sur-Oise.

My Favorite Quote

“A winner is a dreamer who never gives up”.
Nelson Mandela

My péché Mignon

A slice of flan with a flute of champagne—or just the champagne!

My super power

I’m excelling at Excel sheets!

Sophie: chief of staff

Born in the southwest suburbs of Paris, she’s been a local Parisian for 25 years. A passionate art historian, she has been guiding visitors in Paris since sometime in the last century. She knows more about Louis XIV than she does about her next-door neighbor.

My favorite place

Place des Petits Pères

My Favorite Quote

“The Mona Lisa smiles because everyone who drew a moustache on her is dead”.
André Malraux

My péché Mignon

Some cannelé pastries or a refreshing glass of Spritz

My super power

I can heal people with my favorite floral essential oils