Are We There Yet?

Are We There Yet? was created by WYSU employees to inspire you, our supporters, to learn about and explore your world. From destinations close to home to far-flung corners of the earth, we'll provide answers to questions that you won't find in brochures (What's it like to travel in a group tour? Is a cruise the best way to experience Alaska? If I only have a day, what can I do on Lake Erie?) and we'll offer travel tips and suggestions on what to do once you've arrived. Though small, the staff at WYSU has been on many journeys over the last decade and we love sharing what we know to help you connect to the world in a new and exciting way. If you don’t have the travel bug yet, let us help you catch it!

The Worship of Bread by Barbara Krauss

Few people love bread and bread-making as much as WYSU's Barbara Krauss, so you can imagine her delight at finding a bread FESTIVAL in Paris during the WYSU tour. Our resident "breadhead" shares her observations.

Food, frogs and restaurants = serving up memories in France!

So... many WYSU fans have been asking for more about the food we had as we traveled through France. I can do that. From the coast of the Mediterranean, to Paris, I took notes, and pictures!

Affordable Paris, where art is (almost always) free!

When I first started to plan for this WYSU trip to France, I knew I wanted to bring my daughter, who would turn 11 just before we left. As I began to research the cost of all the amazing museums and tours available, especially in Paris, I was surprised to learn that for children under age 18, there is no charge at all to get into most museums. NONE! And for adults the price is minimal, especially when considering the quality and quantity of what you can see with a ticket in hand. So here is a schedule of what Lucia and I did and how much it cost:

Paris: The cream of the crop in the City of Lights

If Paris is a box of jewels, the Arc de Triomphe, the Louvre, the Opera House, the Cathedral of Notre Dame and all the other treasured buildings and sites are the gems found inside. And the Eiffel Tower is the biggest diamond in the box!

Small Towns and Marseille

The South of France – where we learn there is more to this country than Paris

Most of the 43 people on the WYSU/Go Head Tour have the same goal: they want to see the City of Light. But before we do, we will explore other towns in France, all very different than Paris, but just as important to the rich history and culture here.

A Little About Food and Ordering it in France

If you want to know exactly how to do something in a country where you do not speak the language, ask your guide. Of course, not everyone has a guide, but all of us traveling in the south of France right now with WYSU and Go Ahead Tours do have one . Here are some tips from the infamous JJ:

1. No one eats dinner in France before 7:30 or 8 pm. Restaurants are empty at 5 or 6. You did not pick a bad place, they are just not expecting you yet!

Fragrance, flowers and fountains in Nice

“Though the light is intense, it’s also soft and tender.” -- Henri Matisse, the artist, who made his home in Nice.

The fifth largest city in France, Nice can be intense. But it is spring, the light is NOT glaring here in the south of France. It is a combination of clouds and sun with no real humidity and enough cloud cover to prevent the sun from being too hot. So what I am saying is … it is just perfect. We are comfortable on Saturday – our full day in Nice -- from beginning to end.

Is it Nice? Yes, it is!

“Inspiration can hit you at any time.”

I found that quote, in English, on the back of the napkin in our bread basket at the very first dinner with the WYSU/Go Ahead tour group in France. Following that phrase were several blank lines, just waiting for a pen and writer, perhaps that traveler, full of a first French meal of swordfish, white wine and the excitement of being in a new place for the first time.

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