His friends will tell you that he has already lived several lives: In addition to his work as a gifted guide, Bruno also worked as a forester in Africa, an antiques merchant in Southeast Asia, a tour organizer in Mexico, and a wine dealer in Oregon. All these experiences and more have expanded his area of knowledge and additionally make for very interesting conversations in all manner of topics. Born and raised in the Dordogne area of France’s southwest, both Cro-Magnon man and Richard the Lion Heart were formidable presences in his childhood. In addition to his expertise and passion for prehistory and Middle Ages, he also HAS a deep love for the medieval Romanesque sculpture and architecture of the Perigord (the older name for the Dordogne region). As such, he has taken on the long-term and deeply satisfying challenge of making a complete photographic inventory of the fine details of the Romanesque churches and chapels throughout the region. Trusting that experience is far more valuable than mere diplomas, Bruno has gained a lot of first-hand and on-the-ground experience and was among the very first guides to introduce experimentation in his tours, from demonstrations in how Paleolithic peoples made fire, to painting techniques such as those found at Lascaux and the Font de Gaume, to even prehistoric-style camping in situ for the full Cro-Magnon experience.
Author of many articles on all aspects off life in Southwest France for local English-speaking magazines, Bruno is now preparing tailor-made tours linked to varied topics from his writing, including a discovery tour of local organic wines, easy-to-moderate survival excursions (such as in situ camping), and carefully selected hikes that allow visitors to access and discover authentic and unspoiled areas of the region. It is a given that all of these tours are away from the beaten tracks and into the most authentic aspects of the land.
As says award-winning travel and archaeology writer and anthropologist, Beebe Bahrami (wwbeebesfeast.com), « Bruno is profoundly knowledgeable and experienced in all things of the Perigord, from prehistory to the Middle Ages to the colorful native present. He is fully attuned to the beauty and depth of this land and its people. Moreover, Bruno is very articulate and very funny, so the day is illuminated not only with knowledge but wit. To travel with Bruno is to have the rare knowledgeable insider as your guide, making sure you miss nothing of the magic of this place. Be ready to be in awe as much as to laugh a lot. »