So said Charlemagne, often called the “Father of Europe”. How great that we have the translations of so many words of wisdom spouted by so man authors, artists, politicians, and singers from other countries.
I’m thinking about the fortunate young minds in our schools who will soon be blessed with beginning the study of a foreign language. While it will be a topic of debate forever, early adolescence (ages 11-13) seems to be the most desirable time to learn a second language. By this time (presumably) the first language will have been properly developed (though how effective that is being done is a matter for discussion and definitely an area that unquestionably needs improvement) and the mind can begin to absorb this new language.
I began French in third grade since I was an English-speaking person in the Province of Quebec. At that time, it was mandated that we begin French in our English school and continue it through graduation. It was never a matter of debate and the expectations were that we would study it each year. It was natural, since it was valued in our curriculum – not as a filler, but as an intricate part of our schooling. Thus, I have a passion for the subject and feel that every young mind should have the privilege and requirement to study a foreign language!
Because I have a keen interest in language, I also love to read quotes that famous people have voiced through the ages. Here I’ve include a few, which I find interesting. The originals were, of course, in the French language said by French citizens. but it’s fun and enlightening to read the wisdom of the ages.
To have another language is to possess a second soul.Charlemagne
Nothing is more difficult, and therefore more precious, than to be able to decide.
Never interrupt your enemy when he is making a mistake.Napoleon Bonaparte
Confidence contributes more to conversation than wit.Francois de La Rochefoucauld
Let me tell you the secret that has led me to my goal. My strength lies solely in my tenacity.
When I approach a child, he inspires in me two sentiments; tenderness for what he is, and respect for what he may become.Louis Pasteur
As long as men are free to ask what they must, free to say what they think, free to think what they will, freedom can never be lost and science can never regress.
Let us be grateful to people who make us happy, they are the charming gardeners who make our souls blossom.Marcel Proust (writer)
If you hear a voice within you saying, "You are not a painter," then by all means paint…and that voice will be silenced.Vincent Van Gogh
Guard well within yourself that treasure, kindness. Know how to give without hesitation, how to lose without regret, how to acquire without meanness.George Sand, pseud. of Amandine Aurore Lucie Dupin (author)
What is a scientist after all? It is a curious man looking through a keyhole, the keyhole of nature, trying to know what's going on.Jacques Cousteau
Love does not consist in gazing at each other but in looking outward together in the same direction.Antoine-Marie-Roger de Saint-Exupery (Pilot, poet)
It is sad to grow old but nice to ripen.Brigitte Bardot
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The 2013 French Open has begun in Paris! Like always, it should be another exciting event. Last year's male champion, Rafael Nadal managed to escape defeat in his first-round match against Daniel Brand of Germany. Maria Sharapova also won her first-round match against Hsieh Su-wei of Taiwan. Whew! This year's French Open is off to a good start.
It’s a privilege to travel and always wondrous to visit new places! Last fall, I had a private backstage tour of Roland Garros and as a tennis player and fan of the sport, it was a thrill to see it all. Contact us to arrange for a Paris private tour that can include Roland Garros and so much more of France’s capital city.
I’ll arrive in Paris Saturday, June 1, 2013, and will miss the French Open. Instead, I’ll be in France escorting my group to tour Paris and then heading to Normandy where we’ll be attending the 69th Anniversary Celebrations of the Allied Invasion on June 6th. It should be fun as always.
Contact us, too, to learn about our Normandy and Paris D-Day Escorted Tour in May and June 2014 that will commerate the 70th Anniversary of D-Day. It promises to be memorable and we’ll begin with Paris before enjoying several days in Normandy, including the events on June 6th.
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 to 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 continue 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’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, 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 the journey will continue...
Like so many last Sunday, I watched the Super Bowl (and for once, the team that I wanted actually won! Congrats, Ravens!). I couldn’t help but notice the deification that took place as the announcers spoke of various players and their accomplishments. Who would want to or ever could take away from the enthusiasm of a Super Bowl victory? It was well deserved and it’s part of our American culture. They are our sports heros (at least for a day). But unlike a sports hero, I’m thinking today about the unsung heroes from WWII. Tom Brokaw called them the “Greatest Generation” in his book of the same name.
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