by Super G
Vive La France! While there are many places to go in France, our eyes are set on Paris and Burgundy (Bourgogne) and Champagne.
We aren’t going to let the terror attacks during 2015 and the ongoing hunt for suspected terrorists scare us away from the City of Lights … no siree. Paris still bedazzles us and we are attracted to its glitter and glam. You can soak it all in – architecture, couture, cuisine, history, and exploring the markets and shops – reminiscing over an espresso at one of the many street cafes. It doesn’t hurt that Paris’ first-ever woman mayor, Anne Hidalgo, is pretty attractive herself and smart. However, it’s hard to compete in a city filled with art and beauty from Fashion Week (Mode a Paris, January 24 – 28) to the Mona Lisa at Le Louvre to the Eiffel Tower, which opened its glass floor that over suspends guests over the city below in 2014 to the newly announced opening of the famed Champs-Elysees avenue to pedestrians once a month starting this spring. It’s fitting that Paris was the site of the United Nations Climate Change Conference in November and December 2015. The city is in an eco-friendly mode with Anne at the helm. The opening of the Champs-Elysees avenue is a part of Anne’s overall plan to return Paris to being a “Garden City” that is green and walkable. By the time Girls That Roam heads to Paris later this year, we should be able to walk along the right bank of the Seine River and if we time it right walk through le Champs-Elysees (which day of the month hasn’t been announced yet).
Escape from the hustle and the bustle of Paris and head to France’s famous Burgundy and Champagne regions which were added to the UNESCO World Heritage site list in 2015. The bonus is that the regions are next door to they are all near Paris and Any woman who loves bubbly has to visit the Maison Veuve Clicquot (pssst tours are by reservation only) to not only learn about the famed Champagne but the woman behind it Barbe-Nicole Clicquot Ponsardin, or you can simply read about her, The Widow Clicquot: The Story of a Champagne Empire and the Woman Who Ruled It (P.S.), but that wouldn’t be as much fun. Reims where the Maison Veuve Clicquot has resided since 1798 when Madame Clicquot’s husband, Philippe Clicquot, opened the House, is only a 1 hour and 40 minute drive from Paris. Madame Clicquot took over the then fledgling House in 1805 upon Philippe’s death and one of the world’s most celebrated Champagne’s has been woman-owned and operated ever since. There are of course many other Houses to visit and taste fine bubbly on your way to the Maison Veuve Clicquot.
Travel to a world where you are taking back to the Renaissance through the Middle Ages to the present surrounded by the Gallo-Roman and Celtic antiquity and pleasant pastures and rows of vineyards in Burgundy. A wine connoisseur’s delight. However, the highly anticipated new wine center, the Cité des Vins de Bourgogne, is expected to finally break ground this year. The estimated $10 million project is scheduled to open sometime in 2018 (just in time for our return to France), reports BienPublic.com. Burgundy is a 3 hour and 15 minute drive from Paris.
Who to Travel With: Tracey Friley Travel in Paris and French Escapade for France overall. Tracey provides women with a customized experience of Paris that has been recognized by National Geographic, the Travel Channel, and other leading travel industry experts. Our friends at French Escapade’s Jackie Grandchamps, who is originally from Belgium, and her wife Valarie Sans, who is from the French Alps, can take you anywhere in France to explore the culture not as a tourist but as their guest. Both experiences are extraordinarily unique.
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