Who am I?
The Marinière Guy is me : Vladimir, a young Chilean who loves history, trekking and proposing tourist visits in his native (and far away) Chile and France
Former law student in my native Chile, after several trips in South America I ended up falling in love with visiting new places and sharing with people from all over the world.
Due to my knowledge in history and languages (English, Spanish and French) I managed to work as a tourist guide in Chile, and looking for new adventures I decided to come to France to improve my level of French and validate my knowledge as a tourist guide (Licence de Guide Conférencier) at the Université de Strasbourg.
What is the difference between the services you propose and the services of a "Tips for tours" kind of guide?
A guide for tips offers services in which his knowledge has no accreditation by any educational or governmental entity, therefore, it is normal to find in this type of visits comments that are simply legends - or outright false - but that are presented as true. This type of guides claim to have all the necessary knowledge to conduct tours, but at the same time they refuse to validate their experience (even though the law in France allows them to demonstrate their knowledge without the need of a university diploma).
An official tour guide in France (Guide Conférencier) is a person who has the validation by the French Ministries in charge of Tourism and Culture of the knowledge he/she possesses, ensuring that the information he/she provides on history, architecture, religious culture, etc. are historical facts. Undoubtedly, a guide can share a legend, but he will make it clear that is not an historical fact.
As for me, I did my studies of Guide Conférencier at the Université de Strasbourg, where I was taught a global knowledge about France, but it allowed me to know in a deeper way the history of the historical region of Alsace.
Why did you call yourself "Marinière Guy"?
I always associated marinières (stripped shirts) with France (well, marinières, berets and baguettes) and because I like to wear them...it seemed logical to me to be the "Marinière Guy"