Louis was born and grew up in Normandy. After graduating from Europe’s leading management school, École des Hautes Études Commerciales, he spent four years in Australia and New Zealand, during which he took every opportunity to thoroughly explore these countries, as well as neighbouring Pacific-Ocean lands, their cultures, ancient and modern, their deserts, icy and tropical, their volcanoes, extinct and active.
While completing his Master’s degree at Melbourne Business School, Louis wrote a research paper on the geographical and economic history of Australia, New Zealand and the South-West Pacific Ocean. He then joined the expedition cruising industry, initially in the Polar Regions, then on every ocean.
As a lecturer, Louis shares his knowledge of the history of exploration and the sciences that made geographical discoveries possible. High on his list of interests are the voyages of the Vikings, Normans and Polynesians, and the first European ventures on the high seas: his favourite topics therefore include the discoveries of unknown oceans and continents, the races to the New Worlds, the quests for long-sought maritime routes, the explorations of Earth’s remotest areas and the conquest of the poles. Louis’s interest in natural history enables him to discuss subjects such as geography, navigation, understanding the weather, or geographical geology and volcanoes, their birth, life and impact on mankind.
Louis also works as tour manager and expedition leader, both on land journeys and aboard expedition ships, organising itineraries and leading voyages to the world’s most secluded wilderness and cultural jewels. When not guiding or sailing, he continues his research, either in Normandy or in Polynesia, flies small planes, or travels to take photographs of volcanic eruptions: he has climbed volcanoes in the Mediterranean Sea, mid-Atlantic islands, Indian Ocean, in Central and South America, Hawaii, Kamchatka and the Kuril Islands, the South Pacific and New Zealand. Louis holds unlimited certifications (United Kingdom’s Royal Yachting Association and France) to drive motor boats.