BORDEAUX

International Tourist Guide Day 2021

Today is 21st February, International Tourist Guide Day and my colleagues, qualified tourist guides all over the world are writing blogs, offering tours and virtual tours today. We are all looking forward to showing visitors the famous and the little-known sites where we guide. We tell the stories of these places, these buildings and...

St Ermin’s Hotel – Spy Central

The statues at the entrance are wearing masks because of Covid 19, not as a disguise although this is the place where all the secret service bureaux crossed paths during WWII. My interest in spies began during my guide training course in Bordeaux. I conduct a walk there based on the 1940s Nazi Occupation....

Art, Socialism and Spies

This week I went with some friends to visit the George Frederick Watts Galley in Compton, Surrey. It was sunny and the countryside around Compton is lovely. The museum staff were all very pleasant. You don’t have to book and there is a small but very good café so you can spend the day...

Three Graces

This week my blog is about Bordeaux. I should be there now but with so few tourists this year, another guide looking for work is not what my colleagues there need. This photo is part of a fountain in the Place de la Bourse. The Place is the backdrop reflected by the Mirroir d’Eau,...