July 2012 ExperiencePlus! Rambler Newsletter

by ExperiencePlus! - Thursday, July 5, 2012 ExperiencePlus! Bicycle Tours Rambler Newsletter

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Welcome to the July 2012 ExperiencePlus! Rambler Featuring France

BienvenueA welcoming dessert on the Cycling the Languedoc tour with ExperiencePlus

Welcome to the France themed edition of the Rambler newsletter!

As the cycling world focuses on its love/hate relationship with the Tour de France, we thought it a perfect time to focus on why we love France for all it has to offer those of us who ride at a “slightly” slower pace.  We begin with Fort Collins Staff Jo Baldwin’s report on her impressions (and photos) from the inaugural voyage of the Cycling the Languedoc Plus! French Catalonia.  Also featured this month is a report from the winner of the Send a Teacher Traveling Award, Sally Miller, and her “trip of a lifetime” Bicycling the Best of Provence Plus! the Luberon and Aix.

We are also excited to announce that French tour leader and country coordinator Marie Lavigne has moved back to Colorado and will now offer ExperiencePlus! travelers the benefit of full service travel agent – read more below. Finally, tour leader John Giebler shares a refreshing Provenςal dessert recipe and Julie Horton, our Purveyor of Cycling Adventures, reviews Jean Auel’s Land of Painted Caves which is set in the Dordogne region of France 25,000 years ago.

We also wanted to remind you all that our $200, per person, Early Booking Discount for tours in Chile and Argentina, including Patagonia’s Lakes District and Chile’s Wine Country will expire on August 1st.

And finally we’d like to express our gratitude to all of you concerned about our well being during the recent High Park Fire which burned a record 87,284 acres. We are happy to report that the fire is 100% contained. Our thoughts transition to our neighbors in Colorado Springs and those without power on the east coast. Let’s hope that the rest of the summer is gentler on all of us…perhaps a cycling escape to Europe is in order!

Joyeux Le Quatorze Juillet! (Happy Bastille Day)
Monica and Maria Elena

Cycling the Languedoc Region of France

Jo Baldwin enjoys Carcassonne with ExperiencePlus! Bicycle Tours

ExperiencePlus! Reservations and Social Media Expert Jo Baldwin just returned from cycling the Languedoc in France, an undiscovered corner of the country. She cycled through the Cevennes Mountains, several vineyards, numerous small villages, and had the time of her life.

Read more about her tour here. There are still spaces available on the September departure; jump on it!

Introducing ExperiencePlus! Travel Agent – Marie Lavigne

Marie Lavigne ExperiencePlus! Travel Agent

ExperiencePlus! just made your trip planning a whole lot easier! We are very pleased to announce the addition of Marie Lavigne, a dedicated travel agent who is ready to arrange your flights, pre or post tour hotels, and train transportation.

Find out more about our new Travel Agent services.

My Trip of a Lifetime by ExperiencePlus! traveler Sally Miller

Sally and a smile face - a small reward for a 9km hill climb

ExperiencePlus! Send a Teacher Traveling Award winner Sally Miller offers her perspective on Bicycling through the Best of Provence Plus!

Biking combined with sight-seeing cannot be matched.  A whole new perspective is experienced by traveling on a bike.  I am spoiled and now hooked!

Read more about Sally Miller’s adventure Bicycling through the Best of Provence Plus!.

Book Review: The Land of Painted Caves by Jean Auel

The Land of Painted Caves by Jean Auel

Ayla is Back! Jean M. Auel’s  Earth’s Children series introduced us to one of the original strong, self-sufficient female protagonist back in 1980 and in this last installment of the series, The Land of Painted Caves, we find Ayla training to become Zealandoni (shaman) of the clan.

Read the rest of our review of The Land of Painted Caves.

Recipe: Provenςal Melon with Beaumes de Venise

Provençal Melon with Beaumes de Venise Muscat

Looking for a cool dessert option that requires no cooking, is effortless to prepare and will leave you feeling refreshed and relaxed?

Look no further — Presenting tour leader John Giebler’s recipe for Provenςal Melon with Beaumes de Venise

Happy Cycling until next month!

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