Overflowing with iconic art, renowned cuisine and incredible scenery, France and Italy are fitting stops for Jimmy’s first tour. Kicking off his year-long journey around the world, our Paris, the Riviera & Tuscany tour starts off in the City of Lights, then travels along the sun-soaked cities of the French Riviera, eventually ending among the Renaissance art of Italy. Here, a closer look at Jimmy’s trip.
The 4 must-see icons of Paris
“Paris is such an amazing city and these shots capture its most iconic landmarks. Sacre-Coeur in Montmarte is a wonderful spot to spend an afternoon. This Notre-Dame shot at sunset is just so cool to me. I love that it tells a story of a friends playing guitar by the Seine. The interior shot is the Louvre, home to some of the world’s most incredible art. And lastly: the Eiffel Tower—it’s beautiful, it’s famous, it is Paris.”
Behind the scenes: Wine tasting in Provence
Our photographer on tour, Jimmy, spent an evening sipping on French wines in Provence during an optional excursion on tour. Here’s a glimpse at what the excursion entailed—and what Jimmy had to say about the experience.
Less than an hour outside Aix-en-Provence, the excursion began with a stop in a charming, rustic village for a castle tour before heading to the local winery for sips of the Riviera’s famous wines. Located at the bottom of the Saint-Victoire Mountain, the winery offers spectacular views of the mountain Cézanne so famously painted—in addition to serving as the perfect backdrop for warm, glowing sunsets.
“My favorite part of the tasting was the awesome setting combined with the time of the day,” Jimmy enthused. “We were lucky enough to have a wonderful sunset. It was absolutely awesome to witness… and photograph!”
But besides the stunning scenery, this evening was all about the wine. The rosé in particular is a specialty of the French Riviera—it accounts for more than half of the production of Provençal wine.
“The rosé was my favorite,” said Jimmy. “It goes so well with the warm climate because it’s so refreshing and fruitful.”
After enjoying tastes of a few different varieties, the optional concluded with a local dinner featuring Provençal dishes made with savory herbs. But besides being an evening of good food and drink, it held some new discoveries for Jimmy.
“I learned that the juice that comes from white and red grapes is the same color, relatively transparent with a gold tint. But the color of red wine comes from the color of the skin that the wine maker allows to soak in the juice for a few days.”
Siena’s famous cathedral
“The cathedral in Siena is very beautiful, with a facade that mixes many architectural styles, like French Gothic and Tuscan Romanesque. This photo was taken from the ravine just outside the city, on a perfect sunny day.”
Want to learn more about Paris, the Riviera & Tuscany? See the full tour itinerary here!