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As we say farewell to summer in the Northern Hemisphere,  I pay tribute to a few of my cherished readers who ventured forth and made that trip to France this summer!


Today they share their stories with us.


All confirm that they travelled safely and had a wonderful time.


Anne Boyd Rioux


Anne Boyd Rioux visiting Chateau Villandry in the Loire Valley


Anne Boyd Rioux is from New Orleans.


She is an expert in American women writers and an award-winning author or editor of seven books, including the Indie bestseller Meg, Jo, Beth, Amy: The Story of Little Women and Why It Still Matters (Norton 2018)


Anne went to France this summer on a mission of discovery because she is planning to move to France next year when her daughter goes away to college.


On this trip, Anne was able to explore several areas where she might want to live, among them lovely Cordes-sur-Ciel in Southwestern France, northeast of Toulouse.


View from her hotel in Cordes-en-Ciel. Courtesy Anne Boyd Rioux



The medieval town of Cordes-sur-Ciel, France



What will Anne choose?


She is still deciding but with the inexpensive airfare she discovered, she says she will return to France this winter to see what that is like.


Good idea Anne!


Keep us posted.


Martin Barros and Terry Dunkit


All smiles as the couple arrive in Paris!


Martin and Terry from North Carolina took a flight out of Atlanta to Paris in early August.  They were excited and anxious but everything turned out even better than they expected.


On arrival in Paris, they were even greeted by a protest right outside their hotel window (some things never change!)  — although they had no idea what the demonstration was about (that too is typical).


The ubiquitous Saturday protest in Paris! Courtesy Martin Barros


Martin was celebrating his 65th birthday, and so he and Terry then headed out on an 8-Day-Normandy river cruise with Uniworld on the luxurious S.S. Joie de Vivre along the Seine River.


These photos Courtesy Uniworld

S.S. Joie de Vivre


A fabulous trip.


In fact, Martin said he felt safer in France where restrictions were firmly in place than he did on his return home.



Corinne Kovalsky


Corinne savouring absinthe in Antibes!


Corinne is a Canadian gal who was also on her own voyage of discovery. Corinne has just moved to Arlington Virginia for a new adventure after leaving a high-profile corporate position.


Before the big move, however, she decided to treat herself to a vacation in the south of France through Girls Guide to




(Note: Featured image at top of the blog is Sunflowers from the market in the old part of Nice|Vieux Nice, courtesy of Corinne.



Impromptu street dance in Juan Les Pins/Photos Courtesy Corinne Kovalsky


Mussels and Fries | Moules-frites in Nice

Dan Cummings


Last but not least is my dear friend Dan Cummings from Chicago who I met in Paris when we went to the same French language school.


He was the first of my readers to head to France in June!


Dan is shy about having his photo taken but reports that travelling to and from France was a bigger hassle than being there.


At that time, the restrictions for travel to France were changing and the airlines were slow on the uptake.


Dan says when he got there the center of Paris—the 1e arrondissement—was a ghost town, although the 6e, where he stayed, was as lively as ever.



Au San Benoit in the 6e arrondissement(June 2021) Courtesy Dan Cummings


Thank you to all of you for sharing your experiences with us!


Let’s see what the future holds.  Hopefully more happy travellers to France.


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  1. Gretchen Greene O'Brien on October 10, 2021 at 9:46 am

    Intrepid summer travellers to France – so glad everyone had a good (and safe) time!

    • Diana Bishop on October 11, 2021 at 6:40 pm

      That was the most important thing! Yes, so glad everyone had such a good and SAFE time. Thanks for the comment Gretchen, Diana

  2. Catherine Willis-O'Connor on October 10, 2021 at 10:05 am

    So Diana you must have your bags packed and ready to go now you know how vigilant the French are about staying healthy.
    Happy thanksgiving
    Xxoo twink

    • Diana Bishop on October 11, 2021 at 6:39 pm

      I am getting things organized already — you are right Twink. Haha…passion for Paris. Thanks for the comment. Diana

  3. Trudy Van Buskirk on October 10, 2021 at 1:34 pm

    Christine Camm who owns had a young woman in July who stayed with her while she learned French. She also had 3 different Americans take her immersive French homestay in September. AND the woman whose online memoir writing course, Alison Wearing, is in France now working to plan her next immersive writing getaway to France!!! Thanks to all of you who are travelling .:-)

    • Diana Bishop on October 11, 2021 at 6:38 pm

      Great to hear Trudy! Thank you for the comment. Diana

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