Thursday August 25, 2016

France (they reckon) is the world’s most popular tourist destination, with 85 million visitors flocking to see it last year alone. They’re drawn by its uniquely attractive culture … its ravishing art and architecture … its iconic cities … its beloved landscapes … its lilting, seductive accents … its bistros and cafes, croissants and crepes … its lush, impeccable gardens … and the gentle rhythm of its village life.

They come because they just can’t stay away. And France never disappoints them.

I don’t know if La Belle France is on YOUR ‘bucket-list’ – but it is on ours. Which is why, come Tuesday next week, we’re flying there with a bunch of Mad Midlife Kiwi friends. And, in between eye-popping scenery … palaces, castles and gardens … French food and wine … plus a week-long cruise on the country’s romantic rivers … we plan to have the time of our lives!

But, sorry, you’re gonna have to wait a few more days for more words and pix about our Grand French Odyssey – because Robyn and I still have things to do, places to go, family to hug, stuff to pick up, stuff to drop off, and 23 days’ worth of clothes/shoes/you-name-it to cram into our bulging suitcases. So I’ve gotta run.

See ya in Paris!

Yours bloggedly – JOHN

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About John Cooney

John Cooney and his wife Robyn have enjoyed more than their fair share of travel. They hesitate to call themselves ‘experts’ – but they’ve grabbed every chance that’s come their way to explore new countries, cultures and customs. They’ve had the privilege (both on their own and as the leaders of numerous successful group-tours) to sample many stunning destinations: Europe, the UK, Singapore, Vanuatu, the USA, Israel, Egypt, Africa, Dubai, China, Laos, Cambodia and Vietnam. And their recent (and most pleasant) memories are of the places ancient-and-modern that border the Mediterranean. John and Robyn are at-home in airports, hotels, cruise ships, and the like … and they know how to make the most of a unique travel opportunity. Travel, they reckon, is an all-five-senses experience – a chance to see, feel, smell, hear and taste the world. And they’ve done it often enough to know for sure: sightseeing with a group of laid-back Kiwis is DOUBLE the fun – lots of laughs, great company, and memories that last forever!

3 thoughts on “LET THE PARLE-VOUS BEGIN!

  1. Hi to you both and B & A.. How’s France. . We finally arrived in LA. Been traveling all day. . What a way to spend our anniversary. We are off to Disneyland tomorrow. Hope you have a fantastic trip. Luv usxx

  2. Hi to Julie and Bruce Miller, hope all is well, had a big earthquake here this morning, only very small tsunami (30cm) but all good, no damage. It was 7.1 but out off the coast. Hope trip going well. Love Lorraine and Maggie

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