Meet the team behind Meet the Locals!

It started with two sisters…

There was Dominique, the redhead with green eyes; and Isabelle, the brunette with blue eyes. (Don’t try to figure out who is the oldest—they’ve already taken all the info offline!)

They’ve been working together since the days when they had to clean up their playroom! Even then, it was clear that Dominique was the right brain and Isabelle was the left brain of the team. This combination would prove indispensable later in life.

With a unique family expertise…

In 2012, the dynamic duo launched a unique collection of guides with the famous brand Lonely Planet: traveling with your family in Europe! (Sorry folks, this family series is only published in French.)

Once this new style of guides gained popularity, the sisters’ friends began asking for advice on tours and trips in Paris. With so much interest, the sisters decided in 2017 to take their family-oriented expertise from book to business!

From Paris to London...

Meet the Locals for Families flourished in Paris. Most of their clients were anglophones who loved the tailor-made tours and personal hospitality so much that they asked for travel advice for other cities as well.

In 2019, the sisters decided to expand their business to their second home- London! This city was their obvious next step; ever since writing a family guide about London for Lonely Planet, the duo knows it like the back of their hands! The cities may be different, but the spirit is the same: creating an amusing and educational experience for kids, sharing culture, and ensuring that everyone in the family, regardless of age, can have fun while learning!

A team of Mary Poppins…

In order to make the most of your experience, Meet the Locals for Families has handpicked enthusiastic and knowledgeable experts to be your Welcomers! These kid-friendly guides have serious expertise, but don’t take themselves too seriously. They are first and foremost fantastic storytellers who know how to keep your loved ones of all ages entertained.

While they may not fly with umbrellas or pull lamps from their bags, these ladies and gents have been trained to engage even the most reluctant, shy, or tenacious children. They can even sing supercalifragilisticexpialidocious- test them if you want! Dominique and Isabelle knew that in order to craft the best family-friendly tours possible, these engaging guides were the key. Everyone here at Meet the Locals for Families is excited to be your happy family travel experts!

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Superwoman
Wonder Woman
Superman
The good Fairy
Harry Potter
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Dominique aka Superwoman

Dominique co-founded Meet the Locals for Families after a career in marketing for the luxury hotel industry. She also launched a series of Lonely Planet travel guides for families. For her, curiosity is a cardinal virtue and daily laughter is indispensable.

My favorite place in Paris

The banks of the Seine, preferably after dark

My favorite place in London

Little Venice

My French guilty pleasure

Raiding bakeries for chouquettes

My English guilty pleasure

Scones with jam and clotted cream

My favorite quote

“Between possible and impossible: two letters and a state of mind.” - Charles de Gaulle

My superpower

I speak fluent cat!

Isabelle aka Wonder Woman

Before co-founding Meet the Locals for Families, Isabelle worked in the aviation industry (not as a pilot but in finances). To Isabelle, organization is second nature. Figures, charts, and tables hold no secrets from her. Her cheerfulness lights up the team.

My favorite place in Paris

Auvers-sur-Oise

My favorite place in London

Columbia Market

My French guilty pleasure

A slice of flan with a flute of champagne—or just the champagne!

My English guilty pleasure

Shortbread

My favorite quote

“A winner is a dreamer who never gives up.” -Nelson Mandela

My superpower

I excel at Excel sheets!

Thomas aka Superman

Though he was born in Paris, Thomas cannot stop traveling the world! With voyages under his belt to England, Argentina, and the U.S., Thomas loves something in every country he visits. He even found his wife overseas! Now he’s back to his native town with one idea in mind: making sure each traveler stopping by will have a super experience with Meet the Locals!

My favorite place in Paris

Saint Germain des Prés

My favorite place in London

Sitting with the squirrels at St. James Park

My French guilty pleasure

A fresh baguette with some Comté or Roquefort

My English guilty pleasure

Crispy fish and chips

My favorite quote

“If opportunity doesn’t knock, build a door.” -Milton Berle

My superpower

I can read people’s minds!

Liz aka the Good Fairy

After her studies in English and Cultural Management, Liz followed the light until she found Meet the Locals for Families! Even without a fairy wand, her magic enchants all the moving parts required to create a seamless experience for your family.

My favorite place in Paris

Jardin des Plantes

My favorite place in London

The Museum of Natural history

My French guilty pleasure

My sister’s homemade profiteroles

My English guilty pleasure

Haggis

My favorite quote

“Not all those who wander are lost.” -J.R.R. Tolkien

My superpower

I can make miracles happen even without a magic wand!

Joao aka Harry Potter

This Brazilian was living in New Zealand when he met a French girl; love brought him to France and his passion for traveling brought him to Meet the Locals. Now his goal is to make your family trip a magical experience, even if he has to cast a charm or two!

My favorite place in Paris

Tuileries Garden

My favorite place in London

The Orbit

My French guilty pleasure

Mousse au Chocolat

My English guilty pleasure

A cold pint of lager beer

My favorite quote

“Life is like riding a bicycle. To keep your balance, you must keep moving.” -Albert Einstein

My superpower

I can fix nearly anything even without my spell book!