In our Lifetime, there are certain people regardless of ow old we get, whose names we never forget. You will never forget Michael Phillips. 5 years ago when we thought we were going to visit Normandy and WWIi Battle areas, I researched extensively every website and guide I could find on the Internet. I came across a review of a tour company written by George Wills, well known historian, author and commentator on a prominent and respected national TV station. I came across DDay tours, founded by Michael Phillips. I did some research on Michael, and chose his company as well as another to interview to take us around the battlegrounds and other significant sites. I emailed Michael and he promptly responded with dates available. As things transpired, we were unable to see him that trip. This past year I gave my husband, an avid historian, a tour with DDay tours and Michael Phillips as a birthday gift. (prior to booking again I did my research and knew we wanted to hire Michael for our tour guide). We booked with him and two months prior to our trip, he took it upon himself to call us in the States and speak withus regarding any special needs, requests or places to visit; he also asked if we had any family connections to Normandy that he could research for us to make the trip more meaningful, We knew we had a stellar guy!
He met us at our hotel and reviewed the extremely thorough schedule with us he had emailed prior to see if we wanted to make any changes. The day began at 8:45 am and ended at 5:pm. I knew my husband would love it, but I thought it might be a bit too intense for me. Quite the contrary! I loved all e places we visited, the thoroughness of Michaels thoughtful historical facts,a nd how he brought the region to life with all his human stories. We visited Mulberry Harbour at Arromanches and Gold Beach, gun battery at Longues, , Omaha Beach, American Military CemetRy, La Point du Hoc, special tour of the hedgerow all on day one. Day two came full circle wi Graignes Village, Carentan and CausewY, Dead Mans Corner, Utah Beach, Ste Mere Elise, Airborne Museum, Iron Mike Memorial at La Fiere, General Gavin's Foxhole, British Military Museum, Canadian Museum, Juno Beach, Pegasus Bridge. It was extraordinary, and Michael brought history to life in a way one would never imagine. We heard people asking their guides questions that they couldn't answer at Michael had just explained to us the whys and hows. He dedicates himself completely to his guests and only takes you on his tours which are private and geared to your wishes. We left friends, and will always remember Michael Phillips as an integral part of our long awaited tour of the WWIi beaches. He does a tremendous service to all the fallen of all the countries represented on these battlefields. For him, this is a life long avocation, not just a tour. If I could give him 10 stars, I (we) would.
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