BMA Alumni & Friends France Tour

Eiffel SparkleCarolyn , Annice, & Ryan in Dinan

Forty-three participants responded promptly to our short-notice offer and met in Paris on February 27 for a long weekend, busy with museums, shops, bistros, bakeries, boats, and tower. Then "Rafik" took us by coach on an off-season drive through the Loire Valley so we could visit elegantly comfortable Château de Chenonceau and grandly drafty Château de Chambord.

Dinan provided the nicest nest of a hotel and a maze of charming streets with the best ever bakeries--imagine artisan crusty individual loaves of country bread full of dark chocolate bits and walnuts! Most of the group made the aerobic pilgrimage to the top of Mont St Michel, then we followed the coast further into Normandy to see the tapestry at Bayeux and spend a full day with "Nigel" at Pointe du Hoc and Omaha Beach trying to comprehend the unfathomable sacrifices made there on June 6, 1944. In our group no dry eyes observed that end-of-day flag ceremony.


Honfleur made a nice stop for exploring and lunch on the way back to Paris airport for the last night of the tour. Shopping show and tell in the hotel lobby that final night convinced me that the French tapestry merchants earned the most profit from BMA Alumni and Friends.

Lady and the Unicorn bits

View our 2009 BMA Alumni and Friends France Tour Slide Show for more pictures.