J’adore la France

This is a love letter to one of my favorite countries, the culturally rich, geographically diverse, and vibrant France. It’s where the old blends with tomorrow with vision and wisdom. There is a unique sensibility, and from what I can see, an appreciation of the best things in life. Did I mention the food? The art?

I have traveled extensively in France, starting with my first visit when I was fifteen. Paris was the last stop on a tour with other high schoolers and my roommate, who had spent all her money, stole a slip from the maid’s room in our hotel to take home as a gift. The maid caught her when cleaning our room and started screaming at me in French since said roommate was soaking in the bath. The hotel manager made me stay and watch her until our tour chaperone arrived, or they would hand her over to the police. So, I missed part of Paris and always wanted to return.

As if gearing up for future visits, I studied French over the years, but finally accepted that I will never be fluent, but I can make myself understood and even understand a lot if the speaker is kind enough to speak slowly. And I can live with that. I’ve seen a lot of the country, but oddly have never been to Versailles, Cherbourg, Strausberg, or Marsialles, which I hope to visit as well as my favorites; Normandy, Aix en Provence, Avingon, and of course, Paris, Monmarte in particular.

Besides my high school intro, I have traveled there with my late husband, by myself, and on a couple of group tours. The following video will take you through the charming streets and countryside, and through parts of Paris, Normandy, Avignon, Arle, Carrcessone, the South of France, and more. Please enjoy.

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