VOL. 11 NO. 1
|The Independent Traveler's Newsletter|
|A New Decade for FRANCE On Your Own|
A New Decade
. . .
Ici et Là
Do You Know
this Paris Museum?
Loire Valley - a Veritable
like only yesterday that we composed and mailed out our first newsletter
to some 30 (yes, 30!) paid subscribers. We wrote about planning
a trip to France, driving in France, working with a travel agent and the
choices of accommodations most suitable for travelers and their families.
And, we took our readers to Normandy ~ our first regional feature.
A lot has changed since the Spring of 1997: we have evolved along with technology into a free online publication. Because of the Internet, we now network with many people in the French tourism industry, enabling us to bring so much more to our readers and to those who visit our web site every day. These last ten years have expanded our world as well and brought us many friends and close business associates ~ we may have benefited from our work more than anyone else!
Best of all, however, are the hundreds of thousands of people we now reach around the world. Our newsletter began in 1997, but it was 1998 that our web site went online. It took a few years for people to know we were there (and to discover that the Internet was the most incredible way to make travel plans), but our site is now visited by over 8,000 people per month. Our newsletter subscriber base, starting with 30 people, now numbers in the many thousands. Yet, our goals are the same: we want people to visit France, to make their own plans and decisions about where to go, where to stay and what to see, and to discover all that France has to offer. If we can, along the way, suggest exciting destinations, worthwhile things to do and high-end (yet economical) accommodations, all the better.
This issue, the first of our second decade, will take readers to one of the most popular regions of France: the Loire Valley. . . the Centre. It is a place we have visited many times to experience the royal châteaux brimming with intrigue and history, the vineyards producing France's lesser-known but superb varieties of wine, the beautiful and incredible villages and cities of the region, and the River itself ~ an important waterway both in France's history and in the 21st century.
In keeping with this issue's regional feature on the Loire, we will begin a five-part series about the highlights of the Valley written by a transplanted Australian lady who is now the proud owner (with her husband and children) of a magnificent Loire château near the city of Blois. We are confident that her prose and depth of information will appeal to you, and that her articles for our newsletter will give you an insider's perspective so important to fully enjoying a destination.
Also in this edition of FRANCE On Your Own, we will tag along with Arthur Gillette as he visits with Catherine Domain at her unique book shop in Paris, and Bryna O'Sullivan who tells us all about an equally unique Paris museum.
miss our regular columns and special reports such as those by expat, Kristin
Espinasse, on the passing of a much-loved French priest. And, thank
you for being with us as we begin our 11th year of publication. Please
tell your friends about FRANCE On Your Own ~ each issue is like
a free visit to France!
> because there's more to Paris' name than meets the eye! Learn about all the possibilities of how this grand city got its name.
> to read about an interesting little museum that's been on the scene for over 70 years ~ certainly not the first Parisian museum that comes to mind, but one that may deserve your attention.
> and come along with us as we visit France's Valley of the Kings: the lovely Centre ~ the Loire Valley, beginning with an insider's look at visiting some great Loire châteaux on bicycles.
> and, finally, wine aficionados won't want to miss the tour offered by The Bordeaux Wine Experience ~ a tour that will allow a peek behind the scenes at some of the world's most respected producers of French wines.
ENIGMAS . . . A Quiz on Your
Knowledge of Historic Paris
by Arthur Gillette
from the last issue: Ever wonder why the French capital is called
Answer: The answer is a story in itself, so please visit page 2 of this newsletter for the complete and unabridged explanation!
Our new question: After narrowly escaping an assassination attempt after attending a performance at the old Paris Opera, Napoleon III decided to build a new opera house with an imperial escape ramp ~ just in case. He entrusted the operation to his consort, Empress Eugénie. Architect Charles Garnier was pre-selected for the job and, in due course, presented Eugénie with plans for the building that still stands and serves today. When she saw the rather complicated maquette (somebody later referred to the Garnier Opera as 'an overladen sideboard'), she was aghast and blurted out, "But, but Monsieur Garnier, what on earth is this style?" How did Garnier win her over?
Gillette, and take advantage of his amazing knowledge of Paris
[See the answer
to this edition's question
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