Marie-Laure is a Tourist Office guide and conducts well-documented thematic guided tours in the region.
As a student she worked on «mediaeval Saint-Omer», and when the town obtained the label «Ville d’Art et d’Histoire» (Town of special artistic and historical interest) she took her conference guide diploma exams. Fully qualified, she began giving guided tours of Saint-Omer and Calais.
Since then, she organises her time between her job as a History & Geography teacher, subsequently head teacher, and passing on her passion for local history.
In June 2009, when the new Lace & Fashion Museum was opened in Calais, Marie-Laure joined the team of guides informing visitors about the great lace industry venture!
The place she loves most ? Notre Dame church – even if she’s also keen on the local fortifications, whether it be Fort Nieulay, Fort Risban or the Citadel, fine examples of mediaeval Calais.
Meeting interesting people, even making new friends with visitors from other regions, are the unexpected and heart-warming aspects of the role of a tourist guide/lecturer.
You will probably come across Marie-Laure when you visit us at Calais Opal Coast during a summer stroll. You’ll recognise her generous smile and communicative energy!
Our thanks to Marie-Laure, and also to Elisabeth, Camille, Marie-Claire, Octavie and Sylvie, François and Fabien, the other guides who work for our region.