One of the luckiest moments in my long career as a private tour guide was the day I met Rick Steves. Not many people here in France know him, but I had heard his name from a number of my tour guests. Many of them came on my tours carrying one of Rick Steves’s Guide Books. I was impressed by how many of the “secret places” of our area they already knew about thanks to his guides.
Prior to meeting Rick, I had already guided some of his travel groups around Monaco. During one of the guided walking tours, I had the pleasure to have Steve Smith, the author of the French editions in my group. In his eyes I had successfully passed the test as a guide, and he decided to add my name in all 4 of the Rick Steves’s guide books that reference Nice and the French Riviera. These are “Europe”; “France”; “Provence and the French Riviera” and, “The Cruise Ports of the Mediterranean”.
2 years later, Rick Steves came to visit Nice in order to update one of his books. It was on this occasion that he chose my services to assist him and to provide him with local expertise.
It is now the sixth year that I have been referenced in his guide books. Most recently I have been included in his new guide book – “Nice and the French Riviera”. During this time I have had the pleasure of guiding many of his passionate readers.
Thanks Rick, I am proud to be part of your team in France!