When I first set foot in Paris as a teenager, les pyramides in front of the Louvre didn’t exist, the Musée d’Orsay was a defunct train station with broken windows, and the cathedral of Notre Dame would continue to display a sooty black façade for another twenty plus years. Still, Paris had that certain je ne sais quoi. And, like so many before me, I was hooked…well, nearly.
In early 1985, I immersed myself in Provence and in the French way of life as a college student–and was captivated. Though my French needed (a lot) more work, I was touched by everything…the light, the landscape, the colors…the art and architecture that were old…the Roman ruins that were really old…the lively, open-air markets with dazzling fruits and vegetables…strawberries that tasted more strawberry than any I had ever eaten…and of course, the French people who were just so… French. It was truly a feast for the senses.
Many degrees in French, a livelihood as a French professor – I started teaching French language and culture in 1989 – and several living stints in France later, I decided to share my passion for all things French beyond the university classroom. I wanted to focus on that magical space where travel, culture and language intersect. And so, my France travel and culture company French Affaires was born.
From special insider travel experiences in France, to personalized trip planning for your France travels, to visually illustrated travel and culture lectures such as ‘Paris Urban Design Through the Centuries,’ ‘The Best of Provence – History, Culture and Cuisine’ and ‘Paris Museums Tour,’ to language courses including ‘France for Travelers: All You Need to Know to Have a Fabulous Time in France Every Time,’ I offer many dynamic opportunities to immerse yourself into l’art de vivre–the art of living–the French way.