At the Tourist Office La Baule – Presqu’île de Guérande, the inhabitants contribute to the reception of visitors thanks to the Greeters network, created since 2016 in La Baule and now extended to the Presqu’île de Guérande. A participative dimension is also present among our Guides, who forge close links with the network and consider the Greeters as real resource persons through their testimony and experience.
Act I: Meet Caroline, 51 years old, Greeter since 2 years
The Villa Regina is one of the “exceptional” villas of the seaside resort of La Baule. Located on Avenue Pierre Loti, a stone’s throw from the Esplanade Benoît and the Barrière Group Hotels, it is a must when visiting the former Casino district.
Caroline Glon is the owner.
The dialogue is quickly established, Caroline puts us at ease very quickly thanks to her warm welcome. The guides will finally be able to discover the secrets of this Villa… especially that of the apparent fireplace which always raises many questions among the visitors! Of course, the truth will not be revealed here… but only during the guided tour of the Casino district!
In La Baule, one cannot help but notice the presence of a network of active owners, involved in the protection and safeguarding of their heritage. The Guides see it as a great opportunity to join a network of former Baulois, overflowing with numerous testimonies.
Act II: Meeting with Bernard, 92 years old, Greeter for 4 years
Bernard joined the Greeters’ network at its inception. A leap in time for the team that went to meet him because born in 1928, Bernard holds a precious testimony of the last war and the German occupation of La Baule.
Today, Tourist Offices are looking for “nuggets” for their visitors, and these could well be hiding behind their inhabitants too!
It’s a question of transmission, and not just any transmission, that of the local memory, so precious for all of us, so thank you to all those who contribute to perpetuate it !
La Baule – Presqu’île de Guérande
At the same time, the office manages and proposes Greeters walks. Here is a testimony of Greeter, on his activity.
“Greeters like us, recommend the guided tours offered by the Tourist Office.
If our walk is free, it’s not to compete with them, but because the meeting is not worth the money. We accept donations if the visitors wish, but never for ourselves, because this is one of the founding values of the movement. These are donated to the national federation France Greeters in order to help raise our profile and finance the development of our booking system”.
We need an offer for all types of visitors, history lovers as well as pioneers of participative tourism, eager to meet and share with locals.