Senior Group Tour Consultant Jenny H. recently returned from our Grand Tour of France. While she’d been to Paris previously, the Grand Tour of France opened her eyes to the many facets of French life and the variety of the countryside. Here, she talks about her favorite moments and what it was like to see this romantic country from a whole new perspective.
“I’m not sure if you’re guilty of it but I am for sure: When people ask me ‘Jenny, have you been to France?’ I respond with, ‘Yes! Paris is amazing!’ But after going on the Grand Tour of France, I have to refute that—now I have truly and officially seen France. This is a major difference from seeing just Paris, and something I didn’t think about before!
The Grand Tour of France is outstanding—I saw big cities, small towns, vineyards, chateaus, castles, rivers, cathedrals and more. It was more than I could have ever hoped for. As a self-proclaimed history nerd, this tour not only tickled my history bone but it brought out my (unknown) wine aficionado as well! This tour was the perfect balance of history, wine, food, experiences and fun. I’ve now been on four Go Ahead Tours and this may have been my favorite. With that, these are my three favorite things from the tour:
This city is amazing—beautiful and full of life. It was easily navigable from our hotel, so I was able to walk along the boardwalk, explore the pebbled beaches and take in the narrow streets without having to go far. A perk of being in Nice was also that you could opt in to a quick visit to Monte Carlo.
I am not a sommelier by any means; in fact I don’t drink very much wine. However, this tour changed my perspective. After learning about the different regions, how to properly taste wine and finding a rosé that was delicious, I can now consider myself a wine-o. If you get a chance, I highly recommend adding the Bordeaux Dinner and Wine Tasting and Loire Valley Dinner and Wine Tasting optional excursions—they both were fantastic!
When I was growing up, my grandmother had a sketch of Mont Saint-Michel hanging in the entryway of her house, and since then I’ve always wanted to visit. Actually seeing it in person was truly amazing: the history, the people, the architecture and location are simply breathtaking. All I can say is you have to go in order to comprehend the beauty!
What are your favorite parts of France? Tell us in the comments below!