It’s a Provencal Happy Hour!

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DATE CHANGE!

Happy Hour October 18, 6:00-8:00

Celebrate Autumn in Provence with an ATOP Happy Hour just for fun!

Have you been to the beautiful new Toulouse at Legacy West?
Join A Taste of Paris for a Provencal Happy Hour. Drink and food specials just for ATOP!

Registration for A Taste of Provence 2019 is OPEN and Toulouse is helping us celebrate!
Travel with me in 2019 for an unforgettable experience.

Immerse yourself in the flavors of Provence.  Soak up sundrenched farm land, cultivated by artisans passionate about their craft.  Visit and taste at local producers of wine, cheese and olives for an up-close view of the fabulous food this region is known for.  Enjoy private cooking classes and some of the best markets in the world. Your taste buds will sing with the flavors of France.

September 7-14th, 2019  Only 2 seats OPEN

OR

September 14th-21st, 2019  Only 1 seat OPEN

Join the fun as Toulouse transports us to Provence,
for a full list of Happy Hour offerings and the address CLICK HERE

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Registration for Fall and Holiday cooking classes is underway, dont miss out on the fun!  Register TODAY!

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ATOP Video and the Making!

Did you ever have one of those work days so stellar that you will never forget it as long as you live?

Welcome to one of mine!

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I invited a few of my travelers, most of whom have been with me on multiple trips, to share in the experience of making a film.

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In fact, to share some of their experiences while traveling with A Taste of Paris, to France.

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We sipped some of my favorite French sparkling wines…

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…and nibbled on French goodies like Chocolate Madeleines, Raspberry and Mint Chocolate Macarons.

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In a flash, the party was over and the real work begins.

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Hours spent combing through video from my most recent trip, searching for the very best shots.

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4:00 am calls from my colleague in Paris to insure we were capturing the best of the city in video content she was taking and sending via the amazing internet.

Listening to music for just the right French sound and by the way after a bit it all sound alike!

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And testing the patience of filmmaker, Shane Reitzammer owner of CinemaStory Productions for many weeks to create something really special; a tool for people considering travel with A Taste of Paris and me!

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Thank you to these special ladies and to all my travelers for helping to bring my dream to life!

Click here to watch!

Click here for information on A Taste of Paris travel.

Provence and Pastis

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Have you ever heard of Pastis?  This aperitif cocktail was a mystery to me until I visited Marsalis France a few years ago.

This is my last week to explore my recent travelers response to the questions  “Why France?” Registration for my trips to France in 2019 is OPEN

A Taste of Paris- March 31st-April 7th 2019

A Taste of Provence- September, 2019 

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“My favorite thing about my ATOP trip was getting to do so many things, cooking, the history, shopping, eating and having cocktails only the way the French do.

“I loved the bonding of the ladies and getting to branch out on the side to go to the big flea market.”

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“Knowing Lorie personally, I knew the trip would be well planned and informative and now I can place a check on my bucket list!” Kelly Jacob

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It’s true Kelly, having cocktails in France is an event and serving Pastis definitely fits that bill!

Pastis is an anise flavored aperitif that’s strong and a bright green color.  It’s served  with water and a few cubes of ice, unless you are in America, you know how we love our cold drinks! To drink this beverage, add desired water, a few cubes of ice and stir.  At this point pastis looks like milk.  With its fresh licorice flavor’ pastis, is really quite refreshing especially in August.  If you have not tried it before I highly recommend it!

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It was super fun having Kelly along for our France adventure!  To make some memories of your own in 2019 contact me by email lorie@atasteofparis.net or phone 214 551 9630!

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Paris, a City for Romance

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“Why travel to Paris? Why not? In my opinion, Paris is magic!”

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“It transforms/transports my spirit to another level; one of tradition, romance, history and of course, food and wine that is truly unique.”

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It feeds my soul as well as my body! I return refreshed and renewed!” Jeanne Busch

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I love what Jeanne shared, this is how I feel too.  I get goosebumps reading her words.

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It’s true, Paris is a place for romance whether you are with someone you love or completely alone, Paris seduces you with its sights sounds and tastes.

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Jeannie is a special lady that inspires me with her courage and wisdom. Thanks for sharing and for traveling with me!

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To make some memories of your own in 2019 contact me by email lorie@atasteofparis.net or phone 214 551 9630!

A Taste of Paris- March 31st-April 7th 2019

A Taste of Provence- September, 2019 

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The Best Teaching Chef’s

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Food is so important to the French; in fact it is their number 1 expenditure beyond housing.

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Who else would painstakingly craft these tiny little cakes with so much detail?

If you see a group of French people together, they are probably talking about what they ate yesterday what they are currently eating or what they will eat tomorrow.  It is almost an obsession to find the finest best tasting food available.

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This is why their markets are loaded with food that looks like this (no filter).

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Because of Frances rich culinary history and their quest for the very best food, the cooking classes in France are like nothing you experience here.

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While trip registration for A Taste of Paris is open, I am exploring “Why France?” with my travelers and this is what Laura Whatley said…

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“I always wanted to go to Paris to take cooking classes there.  I knew Lorie had extensive experience cooking in Paris, so I immediately knew ATOP was an absolute perfect fit!”

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“This was an amazing trip of a lifetime; the sites, the friendships made, and the delectable cooking.”  

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“Go with an appetite for Paris and you will be on cloud nine.” 

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After decades of cultivating relationships with the very best teaching chef’s in France, I am able to offer my A Taste of Paris travelers something really special.

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We cook in the finest schools the country has to offer.

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Not only are the classes entertaining,

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and tasty,

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mad skills, like deboning fish are learned!

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Travel with me in 2019 and let’s make some memories together!

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Poilane a Favorite Parisian Address

 

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“I love bread!” Oprah Winfrey

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Poilane is one of my favorite Parisian address.  Visiting and buying bread here is quite an experience.

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My registration for travel remains open and today I am looking at the comments from Anne Banta as I explore my travelers answer to the question ‘Why France?” Click the link for all of the spectacular details for these ATOP trips.

A Taste of Paris- March 31st-April 7th 2019

A Taste of Provence- September 7th-14th, 2019 OR

Shopping in Paris is truly an incredible experience.  Since A Taste of Paris trips are food and wine centric, you can bet I know the finest, most iconic shops to visit and Poilane is one of these stores!

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Pierre Poilane started it all in 1932 with a boulangerie in the Latin quarter on Rue Cherche-Midi; the location for my photos.

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 The round, 2 kilogram sourdough loaf, called a miche or pain Poilane is what Poilane is famous for.  Each loaf has the signature P, is made with stone ground flour, is naturally fermented and baked to perfection in wood fired ovens.

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It was Pierre’s son, Lionel, who took over the business in the 1970’s,that took things to a new level. Lionel believed 1 person should be responsible for the loaf from start to finish, creating ownership.  This modern approach was to insure quality in each and every loaf. His commitment to craftsmanship and quality gained Lionel and the Poilane brand  worldwide renowned.

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Just outside of Paris in the Bievres location, 15,000 loaves of bread are baked and shipped daily, all over the world!

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At Poilane the Viennoiserie pictured here, is golden brown flaky, buttery goodness and among the best I have ever eaten.

“I have always loved visiting Paris. However, seeing Paris through Lorie’s eyes and experiences was completely different and exciting!”  

IMG_6068.jpgThe knowledge she shares of the museums, cooking, tasting and shopping is outstanding.” 

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“Joining Lorie and our group in April 2016 was a wonderful experience!!  Best trip ever!!” Anne Banta

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Here we are all together breaking bread at a picnic in the park!

Thank you Anne you were such a dream to travel with and I hope to see you along on another adventure soon!

To travel with me to Paris and to Poilane visit, Click HERE!

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A River Runs Through It

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The River Seine, (pronounced like sin) gets its name from the Latin word Sequana; the Gallo-Roman goddess of the river. The Seine runs through Paris splitting in in half, on one side, the right bank and on the other the left.

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  The river snakes through the city making it hard to determine which side you’re on unless you are a seasoned Paris traveler.

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Taking a cruise on the Seine is always an activity planned for A Taste of Paris groups on our first evening. Seeing Paris from a river view helps people understand how the city is laid out.

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Not to mention the very best view of the Eiffel Tower is from a boat on the Seine!

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The Seine is closely associated with Paris and is featured in many poems and songs; however, it covers much more of France than just Paris.  The Seine is 482 miles long running from Dijon France through Paris and Rouen and finally to the English Channel at Le Havre and Honfleur.

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The city of Paris boasts 37 bridges that span the Seine and there are no two alike!

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The Seine happened to be a favorite of Sue Nagy, the ATOP guest that is being featured in today’s post answering the question “Why France?”

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Sue traveled to Paris with me in 2017 and will be with me again for A Taste of Paris Goes PINK in 2019!  I adore Sue’s fun nature. Here she is with friend and fellow traveler Kerry Harrison in front of Notre Dame.

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This is the best picture of Sue, writing her name in her croissant dough, I am certain that was not part of the chef’s instructions!

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Here is what Sue had to say about our travel. “My ATOP trip to Paris with Lorie was over the top wonderful!  I loved every single moment!!”  

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“Lorie’s knowledge on the food, culture and neighborhoods was exceptional! 

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The agenda is well planned, professionally organized and a must-do for anyone that loves an adventure!”

If you travel with me to Paris, our first adventure will be a cruise on the Seine!

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This is the final photo I will leave you with today.  It is a blurred view but reminds me of the French impressionist paintings hanging of the Musee d’Orsay!

For more information on Travel in 2019, CLICK HERE

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Did Someone Say Food?

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When traveling with A Taste of Paris, food is pretty much always on our minds.  You know what they say…”When in France, do as the French do” and food is always on the minds of the French!

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When asked, Why France?  Jacqui Cooper, a former ATOP traveler, said it best…”To me, the mere mention of Paris evokes thoughts of exquisite food, wine, and pastries;” 

See the recipe below for Sweet Red Chili Basil Tomatoes from our Parisian chef; you may be surprised by one of the ingredients that make this stunning morsel an explosion in your mouth.

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“the first hint of trendsetter fashions; beautiful countryside and gardens; and a city of lights illuminating some of the world’s magnificent historical architectures.” 

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“Paris also brings to mind the flea and food markets where ordinary folks shop for the necessities of the day.” 

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“I chose the ATOP trips because it enabled me to revisit some of Paris’ breathtaking historical sites,”

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“such as Notre Dame, Arc de Triomphe, and the Pantheon;”

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“and to enjoy again, the French countryside and wonderful champagne.” 

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“The tour also gave me the unique opportunity to delve into the food side of Paris.”

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  “Of course, we went to lovely restaurants and bistros to partake of the Parisian cuisine,”

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“but the motivating reason for choosing ATOP was the “hands on” activities.  For example, we had an afternoon at the world famous Le Cordon Bleu School, where we actually, under the watchful eye of a French pastry chef, participated in the painstaking detailed process of making macrons.” 

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“Another day found us meeting the Chef for our market class at the food market in mid-morning to shop for ingredients for the day’s luncheon.” 

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“We purchased what was needed and returned to the Chef’s school to cook.  We again participated in every step of preparing a meal and how to beautifully present it on the plate.”

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“These kinds of “hands on” experiences made the ATOP tour truly an unforgettable trip.”

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“An ever present reminder of the trip is the personalized chef’s jacket that Lorie gave each of us while in Paris.  Thanks Lorie.”

So Thank you Jacqui for summing up the A Taste of Paris experience so articulately!

You can still travel with ATOP in 2019 CLICK HERE for all the details!

And try Sweet Red Chili Basil Tomatoes with produce ripe from the field today!

Sweet Red Chili Basil Tomatoes

1-2 cups cherry tomatoes

Basil leaves, one for each tomato

1 teaspoon brown sugar

½ teaspoon salt

½ teaspoon Piment d’espelette (or substitute, 11/2 teaspoon paprika and a healthy dash of cayenne pepper)

Preheat oven to 350 degrees.  Make a slit in each tomato about ¼ inch deep.  In a bowl, mix sugar and seasonings very well.  Add tomatoes and coat well with the sugar mixture.  Place tomatoes on a baking sheet lined with parchment and using the back of a knife; slide a basil leaf into the slit of each tomato.  Place baking sheet into the oven to warm through for 4 minutes.

See you soon!

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Story Time- Le Vert Galant

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Le Vert Galant does not have a literal English translation; the closest I can come up with is a man past his prime that is still a ladies’ man. The most scandalous stories often come from history!

While registration for A Taste of Paris 2019 travel is open…

A Taste of Paris- March 31st-April 7th 2019

A Taste of Provence- September 7th-14th, 2019 OR September 14th-21st, 2019

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…I am exploring a simple question with past ATOP travelers; “Why France?”

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I was excited to hear from Barbara Wagner.  She has been taking cooking classes with me for over a decade and is a huge supporter of mine.

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“I had been to Paris before, but had never really SEEN Paris until I went with ATOP”

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The best part of the trip was seeing Paris through Lorie’s eyes, the tiny neighborhoods; the cooking stores and the stories were amazing”

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Did Barbara mention stories?  OK, twist my arm, I will tell one of my favorites, the story of Square du Vert-Galant.  I love bringing my Paris travelers here.

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This tiny garden is situated on the tip of the Île de la Cité, an island in the center of the Seine river and just under Pont Neuf, the oldest bridge in Paris. Even though this is just a tiny patch of green there is so much history here.

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When you cross Pont Neuf, you see this magnificent statue of Henry IV, the first French monarch of the Bourbon dynasty.  He ruled France from 1589-1610, when the blade of a knife took him to his untimely death, he was assassinated.

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Henry had quite the reputation as a ladies man despite his age and the fact that he was married.

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Legend has it that he brought many lovers to this spot.

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The foliage around the tiny island garden shields it from view, but rumors abound that King Henry could be seen from the palace walls by the queen.  You can imagine that there was a lot of trouble at home!

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His queen, Margaret, had at one point saved his life by converting to Catholicism, which of course is another story.

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Square du Vert Galant offers and amazing view of the Seine, is a great spot for a small picnic or just to catch a few rays. I would love to take you there! For more information on ATOP 2019 travel email lorie@atasteofparis.net or call 214 551 9630.

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Barbara was an absolute dream to travel with and I am so humbled by her comments about A Taste of Paris travel. Barbara is active in many organizations including the McKinney Garden Club; in fact her home was recently on the Garden Club tour and is a shining example of the lovely gardens our city has to offer.  She is a wonderful cook and loves to travel with her darling husband.  Barbara is such a thoughtful friend.

I want to hear YOUR, why France?

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Bucket List

 

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We all have a Bucket List, things we are dreaming of doing…

While registration for A Taste of Paris 2019 travel is open, I am exploring a simple question with past ATOP travelers; “Why France?”

It has been really fun to read the responses from so many wonderful people that have trusted me with their France vacations and to revisit so many memories as I sift through thousands of photos.

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I want you to meet Debbie Finley; here she is receiving her culinary certificate at Le Cordon Bleu.

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She is one of the awesome 9 that trusted me on my very first trip! These ladies will always have a special place in my heart!

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I asked Debbie “Why France?”

She Said “I had always wanted to go to Paris, but my husband was not interested.  When a friend and neighbor told me about the ATOP trips, I realized this was the opportunity of a lifetime.”

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“The food, the friends the experiences were amazing”

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“My favorite moment was the Michelin meal at Jules Verne at the Eiffel Tower, Cheers Jill”

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In our rush to get through our daily activities, take some time to consider your bucket list as a reminder of what is important to you.  When you are doing something you have only dreamed of, time seems to stand still.

It was truly a pleasure to help Debbie put a check by Paris on her list!

Thank you Debbie, for sharing your travel and your thoughts with me!

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Register for 2019 travel TODAY!  Just click for more details or email me at lorie@atasteofparis.net

A Taste of Paris- March 31st-April 7th 2019

A Taste of Provence- September 7th-14th, 2019 OR

A Taste of Provence- September 14th-21st, 2019 hurry only 1 seat left!

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Debbie is a well-known resident of our town.  She is the mother of twin boys and the grandmother to 4 precious children who she adores.  She is an avid golfer and gardener and she is also very active in her work with the International Student Foundation.

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