Blending in with the Natives!
Earlier this month, Frenchified Fun Tours kicked off with a shimmy shimmy bang bang!
Being a tour guide is much like being a Texas wrangler. It's about all about leading the entire group safely home before the dinner bell!
Now that tourist season is upon us, I want to tempt you to visit beautiful Bordeaux.
My first client of the season was a beautiful American woman who loves Roman architecture and Celtic lore. So, with my savior faire, I created a personalized tour.
Her response? "Ahhhhhhh, Wow!" and "We're right in the midst of it!"-- Ms B
It was the proof that Big Mama had done good.
Frenchified Fun Tours are specifically designed to spoil you.
This is how it works -- you book me and let me know what you enjoy doing.
Be it visiting museums, taking a cooking class, shopping, wine, you name it, and I'll use all my god-given talents to make it an experience you shall never forget.
In previous posts, I have written that I LOVE spoiling my friends. I love cooking for them, hosting parties, organizing outings and lunches, it is a real pleasure for me to provide happiness, even if it is only for a few hours -- and I feel my Frenchified Fun Tours is just another extension of that.
"You should charge more." Ms B.
Bless you Ms B.
When my client told me this, I didn't know what to say. I charge 20€ for 1.5 - 2 hours.
Was I undervaluing myself? If I charge too much, would I have any clients?
Instead, I have decided not to worry so much about the money, I want us both to have a good time. Besides, experiences are priceless, and my goal is that you will always remember the exact moment you fell in love with Bordeaux, and to a certain extent, with me too!
It's a win-win situation, I feel. And yes, I do graciously accept tips: be it an extra few bills, a bottle of wine, or a fabulous little lunch!
To book YOUR personalized tour, click on over on the CONTACT page and shoot me an email. Let's discover something new together.
FIVE reasons to visit Bordeaux
1. The Franco-American connection: Ben Franklin and Thomas Jefferson were huge Bordeaux fans. Excerpts from their respective diaries recount their love of the Aquitaine region.
In fact, Mr Jefferson use to compare his friends and colleagues to wine, and I believe to this day, his estate, Monticello, produces it's own vintage.
US representation in Bordeaux dates from March 1778 when France formally recognized the independence of the thirteen colonies on February 6, 1778. The Continental Congress appointed John Bondfield as a commercial agent. This was the first known American diplomatic station in the world. In 1784, Benjamin Franklin sailed back to America from Paris and Thomas Jefferson was commissioned as Minister of the United States to France.
In 1790, President George Washington commissioned Joseph Fenwick of Maryland as the first American consul to Bordeaux. The “Fenwick House”, built by Victor Louis, and the architect of the Grand Theatre, still stands along the quayside.
2. Wine: Bordeaux has been blessed by Bacchus himself, and with a lot of help from America!
Yes, you read that right. French wine, technically is American wine! BOOM, mic drop.
It all started in the late 19th century with a little something called PHYLLOXERA, that killed more than 60-percent of wine production in France.
Of course, the disease is North American and spread overseas much like small pox did to the Natives.... Nonetheless - let's uncork a bottle and toast to Bacchus and to Franco-American wine! Tchin-Tchin-Cheers!
3. Food: Whatcha fancy? Haute cuisine or Home cooking?
Why not both?!
Typical French food is fancy talk for comfort food.
My favorites (and the French's favorites) are these heavy stews that sticks to your ribs, such as:
blanquette de veau (veal cream stew) - pot au feu (pot roast) - coq au vin (chicken in wine stew) - steak-frites (steak and fries) you see where I am going with this?!
Let me make a reservation at my favorite French resto in town, they will treat and feed you like family.
Life is too short to eat bad food.
4. Discoveries: There are soooo many things to do and see, it all depends your interests!
It's why your Frenchified Fun Tour is personalized to your priorities!
Blend in with the natives and let's take the tour out of tourist!
5. Me!: Let me wrangle you up something fun! My city and I are waiting to welcome you!
I look forward to meeting and spending time with you, until then, take care of yourselves and be happy.
All my best,
Bonjour et Bienvenue!
Thank you for stopping by for a spell!
I am a 40-something year old American woman. Born in Texas, raised in Las Vegas!
Frenchified for Life
is a fabulous little lifestyle blog about truly embracing French life!
My intent is to simply inspire you to create something unique and beautiful in your everyday life. The French have this wonderful and annoying habit of seeing the world through rose colored glasses, might as well learn something from them!
That said, I lift my glass to you!
By the way, I mention the name Cachou (or The Cash) a lot, I'm referring to her...