Howard W. Hewitt – This will be the third Wabash Alumni Travel Trip. The first two were Bill Cook’s deep immersions into Italian Renaissance art in Siena, Assisi, and Florence.
Michelle Rhoades and I wanted to build a different kind of trip to France. Oh, you will learn plenty about French history and culture. But we also wanted a tip that had more cultural opportunities and some scheduled free time to explore on your own.
We’ll start off in Montpellier, near the Mediterranean coast. From our arrival on Saturday, June 8 until departure Wednesday morning June 12, our focus will be on the wine and food of Southern France. We will go to wineries, meet and dine with winemakers, and explore the nearby Languedoc countryside. But we will also explore historical Montpellier and spend a day at a World Heritage Site – the famed walled city of Carcassone.
In Paris, Michelle will introduce us to the city upon our Wednesday arrival. That evening we will have a fabulous meal while cruising on the Seine River. It should make for spectacular sights seeing the city at night.
We’ll do a full day to Versailles, and on Saturday head out to Giverny to see the home and beautiful gardens which inspired Claude Monet. Bring your camera!
We’ll visit museums, and continue our exploration of French food and wine. But near the end of the trip there will be built in time on Friday, Saturday, and Sunday for you to explore Paris. Michelle will shape Friday afternoon’s exploration for you with some parameters but the other two afternoons will be all yours. We will have some optional programs available those days for you to consider as well.
Check back for frequent updates. We are finalizing our travel, hotel, and visit plans every day now. When we have something new we’ll add it to the itinerary and make note of the update in this space.
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