I’ll make my fourth visit to France in the past 18 months over the next week with the probably highlight a five-day visit to Paris.

In a bit of an oddity, I visited France three times last year and flew through the enormous Charles de Gaulle airport but never visited the City of Lights.

Place de Comedie, the city center of Montpellier

Place de Comedie, the city center of Montpellier

I’ll be helping lead an alumni tour group with a focus on wine in the Languedoc, then a History Professor at the small college where I work will lead our time in Paris.

Our home base in the Langeudoc will be its capital, Montpellier. We are scheduled to visit six wineries in three days. We’re scheduled to make stops at Domaine Virgile Joly, Chateau de Flaugerues, lunch at Chateau le Bouis (with views of the Mediterranean), taste at Gerard Bertrand’s Chateau L’Hospitalet, taste the Cabernet at Domaine de la Jasse, and make our last stop at O’Vineyards.

We’ll explore the charming Montpellier and spend a half day at the World Heritage site, Carcassonne with its towers and walls.

Off to Paris on hi-speed rail for a dinner cruise on the Seine, visit to Versailles, Monet’s village of Giverney, many of the usual sites, and plenty of time for exploration.

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