How many travel experiences remain indelibly imprinted in
your memory long after returning home?
In a lifetime of international travel, holidays in almost
every popular (and some not so popular) destinations, one
in particular always comes to mind - the experience of having flown on
Now, I finally have a companion memory to add to the list
- a trip to the South of France.
For all whose thoughts in reading these words are, “Gimmee
a break! Everyone wants to go to the South of France, many
of us have, and sure it was beautiful, but..."
ranking any one of the many barge and cozy gite
experiences - even a luxury Paris hotel stay - as being
outstanding would be about as believable as comparing one
baker’s croissants to another. Tasty. Worth recommending.
But croissants, as with all parts and products of France,
are sure to get a variable vote according to each
individual’s personal tastes.
beg to suggest differently. For those who have been to
France many times, as well as for those who have never
experienced France, let me attempt to support my claim
that the memory of even a brief one week holiday at
Montfaucon will echo the memory of a flight on the
Concorde - beautiful, carefree, elite, comfortable,
extraordinary fellow travelers, cosseted, comfortable and
congenial - a place of peace and perfection. One longs to do
it again, and although one mourns - in the case of the
Concorde - the inability to do it again, one cherishes the
warm memory of once having had the experience.
to indulge myself, I shall try to describe my rationale
for claiming that the
Montfaucon matches the Concorde
experience. As in recalling a perfect meal, it is both
delectable and delicate to recreate with words. Even the
photos accompanying this article cannot communicate that
which makes a holiday so outstanding. (...
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