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Travel for me is experiencing unique memorable moments. . Please, join me in exploring Montreal at your pace and interests. I am a passionate, creative, flexible , native English speaking local Montreal expert guide, speaking numerous other languages. With my years of experience, I have accumulated a great deal of knowledge which has allowed me to be flexible and versatile. I enjoy offering extraordinary local Montreal experiences tailored to each guest. My Montreal tours, are more unique local discoveries filled with anecdotes, stories & humour. I specialize in food /culinary , neighbourhoods tours, photography , film, fashion & design tours art. street art, Leonard Cohen , cultural heritage tours, music , multi cultural, traditions, politics, architecture, the Montreal metro, the underground city and history. I offer helicopter tours( with a pilot), walking, driving, bike tours , using public transportation or with a driver and vehicle, sprinters as well as motor coach tours of Montreal, Ottawa, the outlining areas.
Past guests include , public figures personalities, diplomats, delegations, business corporate travelers, politicians, journalists, film crews, conference & event planners, cruise ship guests, wedding parties, specialised groups, pilgrimages, couples, friends trips, families and solo travellers who enjoy great conversation and experiencing.
The tour descriptions are a base, all tours can be furthered customised
My diverse back ground in the tourism , travel industry & life includes: Concierge at the Fairmont Queen Elizabeth hotel, working at the airports, destination management companies, incentive houses, a corporate travel director with companies like American Express, international tour operators that include Globus, as a tour manager . I am also public speakers both on line and live . I have worked for Tourism Montreal's as media relations manager as well as in the, business, convention and communication departments . . Including working with sales teams to bring international conferences to Montreal. I have also worked tourism commission, in various capacities that include developing programmes for emerging markets, consultant, leading familiarization tours, working with film crews and organizing events. I continue to work as a private concierge and offer training, evaluation in the tourism industry both in Montreal & abroad. I am photographer, I sing, am dancer teacher and still perform in front of live audiences
I am an avid adventurous traveller , having visited 151 countries and lived for periods of 3 to 6 months in 29 different places world wide that include Egypt, India, the Arabian Gulf , Italy, London, Spain etc. I travel for work, study languages, dance, music, photograph, art and culinary art. I collect art & antique tribal jewellery. During my travels I learn to cook unusual dishes from locals, which I create at home. On my journeys I give workshops, training and volunteer. The type of travel, my international network , my experiences and the languages I can communicate in, have opened doors but have also helped me in offering truely personalised private tours and experiences in Montreal.
I am President Emeritus of both the World Federation of Tourist Guide Association The international organization representing tourist guides world wide . My international involvement with colleagues who are local experts & private guides world wide has taught me to observe, improve, learn and share experiences continuously to be a better guide but also to share knowledge with others.
I have been featured in media including TV, radio, podcasts, travel productions from around the world. They include National Geographic Traveller, Australian TV, the Amazing Race, Boston Globe, the Guardian, the Evening Standard, BBC, Ruda Maxa, Ria Italia, Lonely Planet, Celebrity Radio UK, Edible Road, Australian TV etc. I look forward to welcoming you to Montreal. Ruby