The A Paris Travel Blog
My company, A Paris Travel specializes in arranging tours in France and Britain. I also arrange tours in the Republic of Ireland, Holland, Belgium, and Switzerland. My goal in these pages is to share my thoughts and ideas on traveling in France and Britain, and the other European countries where I arrange tours and other travel services.
The Joys of Travel
The joys of travel are endless. As a tour planner and as one who has the privilege to escort small groups to France, I find the fun begins when the planning gets under way. The planning is an intricate and invigorating part of the journey and energizes me!
One added joy to my last trip was the presence of my luggage! On two prior trips to France (last September and again in March), I was without my suitcase and learned that it’s possible to use the blow-dryers in the hotels to finish up the laundry process that began the night before. I also learned that the absence of luggage precludes the decision regarding what to wear on any particular day. Also, I loved that I had no laundry to do upon my return. Most importantly, I learned that the best thing I could wear was a smile, since it was always with me, needed no laundering, and was the first sight my fellow-travelers saw on me (well…hopefully!)! Still, I must say that I did appreciate the arrival of my suitcase at Charles de Gaulle during my most recent trip. While I don’t recommend it and hope that it won’t happen to me again (I mean c’mon luggage people!), I’m just here to attest to the fact that you can last 7-10 days in one outfit!
Just as I believe that the journey begins long before the actual flight, I also believe the adventure continues long after the return home. Clearly, I believe that travelers who really absorb the flavor of a country are ones who continue to revel in the adventure, process the tours and encounters, and for whom the journey just continues.
I learned of an unintended consequence for two travelers with whom I worked last year. Though I’ve not even met these two people, they are two of my favorite friends imaginable! (Not only is traveling with people very bonding, but planning a trip with perfect strangers can also be very bonding and this was the case with these lovely friends from Indiana. One day, I hope I’ll get to meet them, but for now, I’m enjoying their continued journey (and we’ll begin planning their return to France next year!).
Anyway, I consulted with them last year to plan a trip that included Paris, Burgundy (where along with superb wine tasting, the gentleman even had an art class!), the Loire Valley, Normandy, Mt. St. Michel, and Giverny. We had fun planning together and they shared after the trip how delighted they were with the details. We continue to stay in touch (that bonding is very special!).
Most recently, they wrote:
"I am so sorry for not writing you sooner. But what happened during the past several months is a result of your planning our wonderful trip to France in 2012. As you know the French homes and castles that we visited last year were simply beautiful and resulted in my wife planning a few changes to our home.
In short, she decided that she wanted to add a first floor bedroom with vaulted ceilings to our English Tudor home. We are now in the design and contractor stage and the new bedroom looks similar to one or two of the French bedrooms that we visited. The new addition is rather large as our current home is 2800 sq. ft. and the new addition (new garage etc, etc) is 3200 sq. ft. That means when you come to Terre Haute, Indiana you will have the choice of several bedrooms. I should also mention that I will turn our current second floor master bedroom into an art studio---again the studio is a result of our trip and my art class in France.
I am sorry to say we will not take our three week visit to Europe this year but I would like to start planning the trip (that we discussed) for 2014…….
We continue to talk about wonderful trip that you planned in 2012. That trip was simply the best and I cannot wait until next year.
I hope that you will again help us plan our trip next year-----???? PLEASE?????"
I can hardly wait to plan their next trip! I’ve had clients pursue the study of architecture after learning about Haussmann’s work in Paris or delve into Tom Follet’s book “Pillars of the Earth” after visiting the Loire Valley castles or seeing the marvel of Mont Saint Michel. I’ve had many continue to learn more about WWII after visiting the D-Day Allied Landing Beaches in Normandy. I’ve had many others resolve to exercise more after discovering the delight of walking to dinner in Paris or strolling the villages in the countryside. Many have returned home to attempt making a croque monsieur, moelleux au chocolat, or cassoulet to name just a few tasty delights in France gastronomy (but that’s for another day!). However, a home remodel is a unique side effect of travel, but why not! Certainly their journey will continue...
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