Trip to Spain and the South of France

Travel is a school for me.  I crave it, and I love to share it with my family and friends. Each year I would organize trips for my family and friends to different attractive destinations around the world. 

During 2009, I wanted to learn about Spain, the South of France and Monaco, so I organized a fourteen-day trip with my family and about twenty-five of my neighbors to explore the area. I enjoy every aspect of traveling. I want to select a destination, participate in the planning, lead the tours and have sessions where we would reflect on what we saw and learned. I accomplished all these goals during my trip to Cote d'Azur.  

I was always looking to see how I could become a better tour designer and the trip to the Cote d'Azur was one of best designs. The trip to Spain and France was packed full of exciting activities which represented, at that time,  my best vision of a great travel experience.We would fly into Barcelona and out of Nice and spend four days in Spain, four days up in the hills of Provance and four days on the coast with visits to St Tropez, Cannes, and Monaco.

Otherwise from observing the area through the windows of the Trafalgar tour bus, taking guided tours of Barcelona, Avignon, and Nice, and eating the food that was traditional in each location; we enjoyed some other fantastic highlights. The wild flamenco dancing near the Rambles thrilled us; The art class in Sitges, led by a Spanish artist who said, "Don't think just do." brought out my inner artist; Cooking and eating our lunch in a five-star restaurant near Avignon gave us some insight into French cooking. And this was not all; we had a river boat ride from Avignon to Arles, took a bicycle tour to taste wine in the hills of Aix en Provance and learned about the Nose at perfume factory near Monaco.

 

The trip was wonderful because we all bonded over the fourteen days and even though small groups went off to do activities like watching bullfighting in Spain or meeting with friends in Avignon, we would get back together and share information. When the trip was over, we made a photo album of the journey and had a party to celebrate our time together. The pictures that I will share here will give you a visual idea of the fun we had.  I would love to read your comments and questions.