Cathar Country: Languedoc, France

By |2018-06-12T14:20:07-04:00February 25th, 2016|Articles, Blog|

This article was published in Rennaisance Magazine, issue #55.   By Shawnie Kelley Southwest France is synonymous with sensuous Mediterranean beaches, hillside vineyards and peaceful hamlets, but upon closer look, the Languedoc’s rugged landscape reveals a turbulent history steeped in religious rebellion, bloody battles and grail legend. This region, historically known as the County of Toulouse, is home [...]

Got Wanderlust? Château Chenonceau

By |2018-06-12T14:20:13-04:00February 19th, 2014|Got Wanderlust?|

In celebration of National Castle Month, today's Got Wanderlust picture is of Château Chenonceau in the Loire Valley, France. The lush rolling river valley, just two hours south of Paris was once nicknamed the Playground of the Kings, as many of France's Renaissance kings and queens built sumptuous, over-the-top castles along the Loire and Cher [...]

National Castle Month

By |2018-06-12T14:20:13-04:00February 1st, 2014|Blog|

Castles. Castilles. Châteaux. Whatever you call them, February is the month we celebrate the formidable fortresses. Say the word "castle" and some people are instantly transported to Cinderella's fairytale Châteaux at Disneyland, while others instinctively think of the hulking ruins dotting the English countryside or sprawling along the Rhine River. During National Castle Month, Wanderlust Tours takes [...]

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A Woman’s Guide to France, by Shawnie Kelley

By |2018-06-12T14:20:14-04:00January 20th, 2014|Blog|

A Woman's Guide to France Whether a die-hard Francophile or suffering a serious case of wanderlust, A Woman's Guide to France encourages women to discover a special side of France dedicated to the feminine. Author Shawnie Kelley Foy draws on two decades of traveling, working, and living in France. In this comprehensive guide, Shawnie leads [...]

Wanderlust Wednesday: Arles

By |2018-06-12T14:20:16-04:00December 18th, 2013|Got Wanderlust?|

This Wanderlust Wednesday, we're feeling all wanderlusty for the south of France! Spending the holidays in the ancient city of Arles is often the highlight on my year. This rainy evening diffused the sparkly lights into a kaleidoscope of reflections on the puddly pavement. Photo copyright: Shawnie Kelley

Wanderlust Wednesday: Promenade des Anglais

By |2018-06-12T14:20:16-04:00November 13th, 2013|Got Wanderlust?|

Feeling all wanderlusty for the French Riviera! The sun kisses everything in the French Riviera. One of our favorite things to do is to sit along the Promenade des Anglais as the sun sets, watch the Mediterranean's  million shades of blue dance into sparkling darkness. Experience this for yourself on our signature tour of Provence and [...]

All Roads Lead to Avignon

By |2018-06-12T14:20:16-04:00November 3rd, 2013|Articles|

by Shawnie Kelley Avignon: Kingdom of the Popes “All roads lead to Avignon” or so went the saying when, in 1305, Pope Clement V moved the papacy from strife-torn Rome to a peaceful, Provencal town in southern France.  This political move shifted the center of Christendom from the Eternal City to the small, papal enclave [...]

A Taste of Travel: Our New Culinary Series

By |2018-06-12T14:20:18-04:00September 10th, 2013|Blog|

A Taste of Travel  brings together everything we love: food, culture, history, and travel. This new series, inspired by our upcoming 2014 tours, will be taught this fall for Upper Arlington's (Columbus Ohio) Lifelong Learning Adult Enrichment program at the Recreation Station Kitchen. Embark on global culinary and cultural tours of France and Italy in this winter's [...]