back to france? you decide
A trip by the France Tourist Office, cancelled because of the Iceland volcano, has been rescheduled.
I've been invited back to France in June, at least partly because of the astonishing contest success of a series I wrote for The New-Herald last summer about following in the footsteps of several artists in the south of France. Find Following Picasso, Light Leads the Way and Enduring Magic at http://tinyurl.com/2dt97oc or just key in Picasso at www.news-herald.com
This trip is to the Languedoc region in southwest France, a remote, little known area of dramatic scenery, small villages and France's equivalent of the Grand Canyon. One overnight is in a 16th century chateau, and a dining stop will be in a building that once housed shepherds in remote meadows with their flocks. We'll be hiking, including a walk along a trail used by pilgrims to Santiago de Compostela, an ancient pathway also known as the Way of St. James in Spain and eating food that's fresh and rustic, like the surroundings.
The French Tourist Office will be hosting me and other writers and will provide us with English interpretation and cultural insights for our stories. If I go, I'll be traveling with a laptop so I can blog, as Ive done in the past (see archives here), I'll be bringing my camera to capture images and this time I'll also be bringing a small video camera. It's work, indeed, but it's good work and I love doing it.
But time is valuable and I have a lot of other commitments here for Wednesday Food, Thursday Health, Saturday Religion and Sunday Community plus Travel, most of which I'll have to do before I leave home. Before I commit I need to get a sense of whether these will be stories you want to read.
Weigh in here. I'd like to know your thoughts and if there are other places you'd rather read about, let me know that too. These trips are hosted so I must depend on the hospitality of others who know what valuable folks you are for their destinations. I need to decide in the next few days, so don't delay...should I stay or should I go?