Meet the Team
Masters in Literature, History of Art & History
Paris has always been present in my life, and I hold it dear to my heart. I was born on Ile de la Cité, the heart of Paris, in the same hospital room my mother and grandmother were born in, with an American dad to boot. I grew up halfway between Paris and the South of France, in a little stone village on a hilltop. I consider myself both a native to Paris, and a native to the South of France, where I spent most of my childhood running around in wild sage and lavender fields.
Growing up in a bicultural household cultivated my curiosity for the world, and led me to pursue my undergraduate studies 15,000 miles away, in my father’s native California. I primarily studied literature, but also studied history of art, history, and cinema, building on this passion I already had for world cultures. During these amazing years spent on the West Coast, I met my lovely partner Pascal, another a guide on the team. But I felt Paris calling again, and soon after graduating, we decided to pack up and go. Then, Pascal and I met Niki and Stu, and everything fell into place. We found a true family of like-minded and passionate people, with whom to share all of our love and joy for this historic city.
Paris offers both grand and simple treasures, waiting for the curious to stumble upon them. I pride myself in still exploring my city like a tourist on my off days, always staying up to date on all the different events and places happening at the moment. In the evenings, you’ll often find me at one of the cafés along the Canal Saint Martin, sipping on a glass of white wine, either book in hand, or chatting away with my partner in crime Pascal.
If I had one piece of advice to give when discovering Paris, it’s the same one I gave Pascal when he first arrived here: whenever you see an open door, make sure to peek inside. Paris is filled with secret gardens and courtyards, and you never know what gem you might uncover with just a little bit of curiosity. I’m also what you could say, a gourmand, and have probably tasted every croissant in Paris (my favourite right now is from Boulangerie Utopie), so if you need any advice for your next food-driven adventure, I’d be happy to help!
Favourite Tour: Paris Evening Bike & Boat Tour
French name, but not French, so perhaps it was destiny that brought me here! I was originally born in Poland, but I grew up in the US in a family of passionate winemaker’s. Because of that atmosphere, I consider physical work, human connection and good food to be the best things in life. You might think that the move to France makes me very happy, where these things are considered ‘good living’, and you would be right! I am always looking to learn and am proud to work both as a guide and as a sommelier, looking always for experiences that continue my education in food, wine, and hospitality.
I moved here because of my partner and fellow guide Lola, and consider myself fortunate to have met like minded, passionate people at Boutique Bike Tours. If I had anything to say for those visiting France, it would be to not be shy and to whip out what French you know! You’ll find that a simple “bonjour” and “merci” go a long way. Oh, and be hungry, always. In the meantime, I wish you all a pleasant trip and hope to meet you in the future come your trip to France.