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Monday, November 24, 2014
Comments Additional Comments France Trip 2014 with Darrell & India Mount
1. The Pullman Hotel was fantastic! It was especially nice to have
croissants for the early departure to the airport on our last day. Patricia
2. Agree - the Pullman was a fabulous hotel as was the setting of the
hotel in Tours.
Also the tour guide was so kind, sweet, and knowledgeable - taking us to some
out the way places and knowing about them in such detail.Rebecca
3. The Libourne hotel
was not the greatest! But the Chateau Belmont was ***********.
4. Bill agrees with #3.And: Pullman
was very nice. Chateau Belmont
was fantastic. Best meal was at Chateau Belmont. Don't go to
Chennonceau on a weekend - crowded. Don't go to Louvre or Orsay on Mon or
Tues - too crowded. Free Louvre on Thurs night was great. Instead of 200,
there were 20 people in the room to see the Mona Lisa. Hotel Mercure had
crowded rooms. Others were okay. Chezanne's workshop was mediocre.
We should have included the Matisse
Museum near Nice.
ALL IN ALL AN EXCELLENT TOUR.
5. Good chaperone -
Marie Claire. Good museum guides - Xenia?
Good drivers - Guiseppi and Rafaello. We were very well escorted.
Darrell and India,
Merci, merci for the
most wonderful trip through France!
You prepared us so well with your fabulous classes on the history and art of France before
we ever left.
When we arrived in
Nice there you were at the airport to welcome us.From there you guided us for the next
fourteen days through wonderful marche’s in
Nice (oh the flowers), and Mougins, with its white tents and the home to
Picasso for 11 years, to Aix-en-Provence
(oh the lavender), and Sarlat (oh the chocolate!)There were the museums –Marc Chagall’s
whimsical paintings of the Old Testament, so full of joy; the Toulouse Lautrec Musee in Albi; the
mind-blowing impressionistic art at the Musee d’Orsay, and of course the Louvre
with its “Winged Victory” and “Venus de Milo” and the “Mona Lisa” and 35,000
other works of art.
On we went, with you shepherding us through
castles and chapels and cathedrals, like the Matisse Chapel in Vence, with its
brilliant stained glass windows; and the Sainte Cecile Cathedral in Albi, with
its massive rounded buttresses, to the Chartres Cathedral where the famous
Malcolm Miller opened our eyes to the symbolism, history, and architecture of
this amazing place.A metro ride from
our Hotel Pullman to Sacre Coeur at the top of Montmartre, with crowds of
people outside on the steps listening to a man play his guitar and sing songs
of John Denver in English, a little “Rocky Mountain High” in Paris.The cathedral of all cathedrals might be
Notre Dame on Ile de la Cite.We can’t
forget our visits to the “maisons” of Renoir in Cagnes sur Mer, and Cezanne in
Aix, and Arles, the town of Van Gogh. Even though the
Yellow House is no longer there, we did see the famous café that he painted and
a first-century Roman amphitheater.
Speaking of homes, we
stayed in our own Chateau Belmont in Tours and visited the Chateau de
Chenonceau, built by King Henry II for his wife, Catherine de Medici, and –oh
yes- for his beautiful sweet smelling mistress, Diane de Poitier.Along the way we visited the colorful town of
Cassis and took a boat ride on the Mediterranean
to view the cliffs, the amazing Caves of Lascaux, the walled city of Carcassonne, and a float down the Dordogne River.
And oh, the food and the wine were tres
magnifique.As it is said, “A day
without wine is like a day without sunshine!” We had sunshine every day! :-)We even toured the winery and vineyards of
Chateau Soutard in the St. Emilion region. There was the delicious dinner in
Eze, lunch on the benches in Albi that we bought at the large covered market, a
gourmet lunch at La Petite Tonnelle in the hill town of Beynac,
and who will forget our festive farewell dinner in Paris.
Oh, Paris, Paris, the
city of light, with its Eiffel Tower right outside our hotel, and the parks,
gardens, Champs Elysees, Arc de Triomphe, and the romantic Seine River that
runs through the heart of the city.
So, Darrell and India, for all
of this and so much more, a thousand thanks. It was TRES BIEN from beginning to
end!!!May all your days be blessed
with sunshine (and a little wine) and if rain should come your way, may it be
like April in Paris!
Additional Comments France Trip with Darrell and India Mount October 2014
From India Mount: Carol took this photo (above) in Mougin at the food festival. It shows Dr. Carl W., Darrell and me.
Dear Darrell and India: A big thank you for a wonderful, magical experience in France. It was all great--great weather, great people, great sights, great food, great wine, great art. You did so much to make the trip memorable. With gratitude and Love, ML
Hi Susie: Attached is the photo we spoke of (below). It was made in Mougin at the Festival International de la Grastonomie. Jean-Paul, the chef, is the owner of a one star Michelin restaurant in Geneve, Switzerland. He welcomed me any time. He is quite charming and great fun to converse with--even having our language challenges..smiles say much...I love European men!--Patricia
Comments Luna Convento at Amalfi Coast Austria/Prague
Susie, Ah thank you! We meant to email you when
we got back. Luna Convento was WONDERFUL. We were so glad that we went
with the Deluxe room. We had the most incredible views. Two
balconies...the left one provided water on water on water. The right one
gave us the most gorgeous view of the harbor and ton of Amalfi. The
pool was fantastic. Breakfast was delicious. We really couldn't have
asked for a better experience. We just wish we had had more days there.
Thank you for your fantastic hotel recommendation!
As far as transportation, the car rental option worked fine for us. The roads were a little treacherous haha, but we made it! Also, the Austria/Prague portion of our trip was amazing as well. Thanks!--Margo
... Thank you so much for a beautiful week in Maui! The villas were so comfortable and met all of our needs so well. We enjoyed everything and appreciated the care and attention to detail that Tropical Villas provided. We look forward to coming back again in the future. Aloha and Mahalo! Carol
....It was an awesome trip. Alex posted a picture of her feet with her Chaca shoes on with Machu Picchu in the background. Anyway, the Chaca company picked this picture up and it went viral over the internet!...We look forward to our trip to Scotland and Ireland. I can't wait until we plan it. I have a long wish list.... Thanks for all you did to make our trips so special. Best regards, John & Amy
We are back as of last
Thursday evening. What a great trip we had! Everything went as planned. In
Charleston, we walked our legs off—didn’t drive anywhere except to go out to
Middleton Plantation. The history walk was great. Edmonston-Alston house
was good and then we toured the Nathaniel Russell home-even better than
Edmonston. Fort Sumter tour was good, took in the Marion Park Farmers Mkt and
then went on Charlotte St home tour—so interesting. On Sunday, we spent 5 hours
at Middleton Plantation—carriage ride, walked to all exhibits, toured the home,
and ate lunch there! Then walked the King Street Second Sunday street
fair. Back roads to Savannah
on Monday: Beaufort was pretty/ate lunch by the water; Bluffton was the perfect
laid back, rural S.C. town. Savannah: Trolley tour
on Tuesday a.m. and then in the afternoon, we walked to Owens Thomas House,
Davenport House and the Cathedral of St John the Baptist and toured all of them.
On Wednesday, we went to 3 art museums and toured the Mercer Williams house. On Thursday, drove to
Ft. Pulaski and Tybee Island (light house and lunch there) and then drove to the
airport. We walked so much and
saw so much in both cities—it was wonderful! Never went to Lady and
Sons or Mrs. Wilkes, but ate at some great restaurants in both
cities. Thank you for all of
your help in planning our trip. The condo in Charleston turned out to be
perfect—right in the heart of everything and a well-appointed place. The Hampton
Inn in the historic district in Savannah was a great location and good
everything you did for our trip.
Sorry to be so
long-winded, but just couldn’t help it!
Inkaterra was perfect. We like places like that. The staff was awesome. all 3 of us are nature nuts so it was perfect. After seeing it, we were so happy that we did not stay at the hotel right by MP. Carol & Johnny
Comments South America Cruise on Holland America From Rio to Santiago
This was the best vacation ever. Saw the Falkland Islands and Antarctica. The weather was sunny and perfectly clear. In fact, the weather was unbelievable most of the time. Couldn't have asked for anything better. Every place we went was excellent! We couldn't have asked for anything better.--John, Raylene, Charlotte and Ella
The accommodations of the Big Five were wonderful and service of the
hotels excellent. The driver was superb and the guide adequate. I strongly
suspect that the guide got kickbacks from the stores he took us which is part of
their culture so the prices at one store in particular were higher than I would
have liked. The quality of the goods were excellent though. The guide and
driver were always punctual and polite. I like Tauck better because kickbacks are not tolerated in their
organization and the guides constantly superior. As far as India is concerned, the culture is toxic to women, it is customary
to take advantage of a tourist; the dirt and poverty extreme.The temples
beautiful, the people we encountered were very friendly and the women colorful
and for the most part beautifully dressed. I can not prove the kickback theory so I would strongly prefer it not
mentioned to Collin as I do not want to be unfair to the guide It is customary
practice in India but I find it abhorrent. But you may want to let your other
customers know if they decide to go with the Big Five as a guide to India and