FRANCE Review & Testimonial Input
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France was truly a memorable experience in many ways. It was a blend of history, architecture, religious sites, and landscapes. Although it is not a “ Catholic pilgrimage “, because of the rich Catholic history of France, the tour achieved much of what I wished to see on self-exploring time and freed me to discover other sites important to my faith, such as the Chapel of the Miraculous Medal in Paris which I was able to walk to from the hotel one morning.
Thank you for allowing me to explore Lisieux on the way back to Paris from Normandy. I am appreciative of the limited time we had there, which means a lot because of the life of St Therese.
In hindsight, I wish I had spoken up and toured Los Cluces, Davinci’s home in Amboise, in his later years. I was trying to follow everyone else and regretted not speaking up.
I am glad I did speak up and tour the Hotel Dieu’ in Beaune. The altarpiece artwork located there was a treasure to view! If we had been in Beaune for the day, I would have toured the wine caverns also. There is also a famous altarpiece, The Adoration of the Mystic Lamb, in St Bavo’s Cathedral in Ghent, Belgium which I discovered on an afternoon side trip several years ago. It is fascinating and has stories and history behind it from the Middle age to the present day.
Port en Besin where we stayed in Normandy was unique. I enjoyed Bayeux, especially the Tapestry, and exploring the 1000-year-old Cathedral, which William the Conqueror was present when it was consecrated. I have learned a lot about him as well as Catherine de Medici who I knew nothing about before Paris and the Chateau at Chenonceau. Thanks to her foresight, I enjoyed the Luxembourg gardens in Paris and the gardens at the chateau.
Normandy beaches were a highlight in many ways. The bonus was your suggestion of the Museum late in the day at Arronmaches that told the history of the artificial port built there and how the supplies and equipment were unloaded. Thank you for that suggestion, in which I enjoyed exploring the exhibits every moment.
Each day brought about new adventures and learning, and I thank you for your guidance and undivided attention. What I was able to see and explore while on my travels with you was more than I could have ever imagined.
I will definitely travel one day again with you! Dining was awesome and was fun to kick back each day also with your choices of local eateries.
Again, utmost thanks and appreciation for your guidance and friendship in France.
FRANCE AND GERMANY, June 2014 - My favorite wow moment was the Food!! My favorite moment would be one morning sitting at a cafe with the Eiffel Tower in view, the beautiful French language all around me, having just been to Notre Dame that morning. It was just a great take-in moment!! All things considered, the tour was Fantastic, and I can’t wait to do it again.
BATTLEFIELDS OF BELGIUM & FRANCE, October 2015 – The perfect mix of seeing major sites, enjoying leisurely walks through historic towns and grand cities, drives through villages frozen in time and some of the most beautiful countryside in the world. Our hotels were each a separate and unique experience, from staying in a chateau in Normandy, a 900-year-old inn on Mont Saint Michel, or modern hotels in the hearts of Brussels and Paris! And the food! David’s personal concern for having a dining “experience” made a huge impression on my friends who had not previously toured with him. Our guide was “the” David McGuffin, and he lived up to my high expectations. He actually caused me to enjoy myself more than I had expected by submersing us in the local culture. His acceptance of other’s ideas and flexibility in program planning, allowing us to go our separate ways, and arranging fantastic local meals gave us the confidence to do the same when we were on our own! All in all, David provided us a fantastic time.
GERMANY-AUSTRIA-SWITZERLAND-FRANCE - I’d have to say that Paris was the best as there was so much to see and experience and the food was very good. I was very impressed with the amount of information David shared with us daily and how knowledgeable David is regarding each of the countries and the sites that we visited.