or story-teller? That was Jean-Manuel's childhood dilemma! Born and raised in Paris, he was 17 when he was accepted in the Institute of Political Sciences – famous for producing France’s Presidents - but he soon realized National Budget Accounting 101 makes for less riveting reading than Flaubert. So, he fled as fast as he could. Thirteen years of extensive worldwide travel followed. 1990, he's back in Paris, unfortunately not as President of France.
Time to consider
story-telling! He then became an official guide, that is, licensed to tell tourists (true) stories. Over a decade of traveling has taught Jean-Manuel how important it is to feel welcome. To use a charming American turn of phrase, now he wants to “give back to the community” - of travelers! His parents always answered any question he asked: this taught him that the ultimate beauty of knowledge is to share it.
Among the pleasures
he can confess, eating pastries and creating unforgettable moments for others are on top of his list.
- WALKING TOURS