Gary Lee Kraut is the author of five travel guides to France and Paris as well as numerous articles, essays, short stories, and op-ed pieces concerning travel, culture, cross-culture, and expatriate life. He is the recipient of FrancePress’s 1995 Prix d’Excellence for his guide to France published in the Fielding Guidebook Collection.
Following the publication of his critically acclaimed guide Paris Revisited: The Guide for the Return Traveler, he founded the companion site ParisRevisited.com. That site evolved into the current online magazine France Revisited, created under the patronage of Words Travel International, Inc. and launched in January 2009.
In November 2012 he became the first foreign journalist to be elected to the board of the Association des Journalistes du Patrimoine, France’s Heritage Journalists Association. In May 2012 he served on the French national jury for the Rubans du Patrimoine, which awards prizes to towns and villages in France for the restoration and use of heritage sights.
Gary Lee Kraut has lectured extensively in the United States and France, often using stories and insights from his travel, touring, and expatriate experiences to reveal how our most rewarding travel experiences are ones in which we find a personal connection with our route or destination. He has also lectured about travel writing, wine regions and American war sites in France.
Directly and through top-flight travel agents he has assisted hundreds of travelers seeking highly personalized advice on traveling in France, from Wall Street to Hollywood, from West Virginians to Oklahomans to Oregonians to Texans, from a U.S. Senator to a best-selling novelist, from art-loving foodies from Florida and Georgia to wine-loving professionals from Pennsylvania and New Jersey, and many curious travelers in between.
Thanks to France Revisited’s international reach, he has also been called upon by travel professionals from Mexico, the United Kingdom, Israel and Australia.
Gary has also had the honor of assisting charitable organizations in the U.S., enabling them to offer added-value tours in Paris and the regions of France for charity auctions and for exclusive donor trips. His particular interest is in contributing to causes related to cancer, autism, education, and the arts.
Gary Lee Kraut belongs to the North American Travel Journalist Association, the Association des journalistes du patriomoine (France’s Heritage Journalists Association), and the Association de la presse étrangère (France’s Foreign Press Association).