Bonjour from the French countryside! I am so pleased to share that the French Affaires’ new website is at last up and running. It’s overflowing with the best of France happenings, insider sights and sites, essential tips and resources, travel opportunities, events and classes, and more. As you may know, I was a university professor of French for many years and then decided to share France beyond the classroom. I wanted to focus on that magical space where France travel, French culture and the French language intersect. And so, French Affaires was born. My goal as always is to share the nuances of France with everyone – from armchair travelers to first-timers to France to dyed-in-the-wool Francophiles!
I invite you to take a look at the new website – click here! – and check out our events, classes, workshops, trips, custom trip design and blog archives. Our France travel program for 2019 is now on view – I am hosting some wonderful chances to experience France up close and personally in a variety of regions. There’s our “Provence Language and Culture Immersion” in May 2019 – which I also call our ‘semester abroad program for busy adults’ – where you can live in Aix-en-Provence for a marvelous two weeks absorbing both the language and the culture. We also have trips featuring “The Wonders of Normandy” and “Fall in Southwest France” as well as the “Culinary Journey to Provence” and also the “Provence Antiques and Culture Trip.” And I’ll be leading a tremendous journey to the French island of Corsica later in the year. Though if you need a France fix this year and are a photographer, there are still a couple of spaces remaining on our “France Photography Workshop 2018.” The celebrated French photographer Eric Sander will lead this extraordinary France experience in the Loire Valley and Paris coaching our guests on how to capture the most amazing views of their time there. For all trip itineraries and details, please click here.
For a taste of France coming up in the U.S., I will be giving a special talk on “French Châteaux Near Paris: Day Excursions from the City of Light” on Monday, August 6, at SMU main campus in Dallas, Texas. The talk is sponsored by SMU’s Continuing and Professional Studies program and is open to anyone. For more information and to register, please click here. Combining time in Paris with day trips outside the French capital is a fantastic travel option – there are so many known and lesser known gems within an hour of the city! And very often, no rental car is required to access these beautiful French castles and their gardens. Our U.S. event calendar is updated regularly so check back with us for more French gatherings to come.
Also featured on our new website are the new “French Art de Vivre (Art of Living) Workshops” in the French countryside. My very talented French colleague and photo stylist Marie-Paule Faure and I will be hosting these special one-day experiences at the exquisite Château de Courances near Paris (top photo credit: Château de Courances private collection). The château’s gorgeous gardens and park are often noted as one of the top ten gardens in France, and it just so happens that my husband and I have our French home in the small charming village of Courances just next to the château (population 350!). As France has long perfected that wonderful coming together of lovely table settings, marvelous flowers, culinary delights, historic atmosphere, natural beauty and engaging conversation, you can think about adding a day to a Paris or France trip to come and join us for an extravagantly beautiful French style of living immersion.
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