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Wednesday, April 23, 2014

Afoot In France - small group and personal tours in Brittany

Afoot In France - small group and personal tours in Brittany

Prehistory is my passion. Yes, sure, I love European history and all of its periods, culturally, socially, politically and militarily. The American Civil War fascinates me and Britains Industrial Revolution are amazingly important to the World, as a whole. However its our unwritten history (prehistory) that gets my creative juices flowing.

How long has that stone been there ?
Why was it put there ?
Who were the people that lived in our prehistoric periods ?
What do we know about the way they lived ?

These are some of the questions that I am asked by tour members...... none of which I can answer with any conviction ! All over Brittany in this isolated corner of Western France, I can find standing stones littering the landscape. Some you may have heard of, such as the World Heritage Site at Carnac, are visited by many thousands of people each year, whilst other equally impressive sites remain unknown. Some sites have ancient myths or legends attached to them, but others remain lost or buried under the ground, waiting to be found.
As a boy, I grew up in the South West of England in a small town nestled onto the northern edge of Dartmoor, which is also peppered liberally with ancient prehistoric sites, and I suspect that this childhood is when my interest in 'all things old' developed. I have lived in Britain, the United States and now in France, but have always harbored this deep rooted interest in stones and the people that revered them. Nowadays, I spend much of my time exploring many stone alignments and burial sites, vainly trying to explain why they still exist in our 21st century landscape, when they were originally constructed 6500 years ago. I suspect that we will never really know the answers to those questions.


Many of the myths currently associated with standing stones have one theme in common.... a fear of them by organised religions. Many stone circles and alignments are named after dancing maidens who would dance in circles hoping to increase their fertility.... but were turned to stone for the worship of pagan spirits. Isolated stones would be named after individuals who were evicted from a village for bad behaviour, but were turned into stone by God. Other stories relay accounts of mass sacrifice and worship of the sun or moon. Most legends are efforts by the new Christian religions to explain away these enigmatic symbols of a very distant past, or attempts to discourage 'pagans' away from their gods. 
However, there are some such as a great story about Carnac, that are purely entertaining. The story goes, that when the Romans came to conquer the area, a local hermit or spiritual man (druid), turned on the legions who were chasing his kinsfolk into the sea, and turned them all into stone...... hence the 3 great alignments of Carnac. Interestingly enough, the local Catholic churches have tried to change this story into a 'good versus evil' drama, and even went so far as canonizing the hermit, and giving him a latin name Saint Cornelius.
One of my favourite sites is located outside the village of St Just, in Brittany. There are a number of majestic stone alignments crisscrossing the elevated landscape, but one in particular is wonderful. There are a number of  stones, standing shoulder to shoulder with each other, but they are all made of different minerals and are of a different colour, ranging from bright orange to dark blue. They look like they must have been samples, placed there by some entrepreneurial prehistoric builder, wishing to sell his materials and services. Amazingly they sit on top of a ridge called the Landes De Lanveaux, from which 85% of all the prehistoric stones in Brittany were mined or quarried. Even more curious is that there is still, today, a quarry that sells large standing stones for people to put as ornamentation, in their gardens...... hows that for continuation of an industry.... nearly 7000 yrs of uninterrupted use !

Many myths, many stories..... but not too many facts. A real mystery that promises to continue for many generations. A beautiful enigma....Maybe that's why I enjoy visiting them and now organize small group tours so that others may enjoy them, also.



Monday, February 24, 2014

Personal Small Group Tour of Brittany

Personal Small Group Tour In Brittany
This personal and guided tour of Brittany is 8 days long.
We pick you up in Nantes, Dinan or Rennes and take you to your hotel.
We spend 2 days in Dinan and will give you a walking tour of this superb medieaval town and its walls.
An excursion up to the ruin of Fort Latte and the lighthouse at Cap Frehel will give you chance to stretch your legs and enjoy the great view across the North Atlantic. and a seperate visit to the amazing island abbey of Mont St Michel is included.
We then drive over to the ancient seaport of Roscoff, on the Western tip of France. Spending 2 nights in a lovely hotel 'with a view', we will explore the megalithic cairn of Barnenez and the wonderful and enchanting Pink Granite Coast.
Onwards to Josselin via Belon (famous for its oysters and seafood.) and the standing stones of Carnac, and chance to stay for 3 nights in a lovely hotel adjacent to the magnificent fortress of Josselin, home to the Rohan family for centuries.
We will make sure that you arrive at the station or airport of your choice, within Brittany, so that you may get your connections in a timely manner.
You will have the services of your own English speaking guide for the duration of the tour.
The cost of the vehicle is included.
Cost = $200/person per day
Email us for more details afootinfrance@gmail.com

Friday, January 10, 2014

Afoot In France - Personal Tours in France - Brittany and Normandy

WELCOME TO " AFOOT IN FRANCE " Personal Tours and Guides


WE HOPE YOU ENJOY THIS SITE AND ARE MOTIVATED BY IT ENOUGH TO COME AND EXPLORE FRANCE AND SOME OF THE VISUAL AND CULINARY DELIGHTS THAT THIS BEAUTIFUL COUNTRY HAS TO OFFER .
FRANCE HAS A WONDERFULLY RICH HISTORY, AND ALSO A DEEPLY ROOTED LOVE OF FOOD AND WINE. ALLOW US TO HELP YOU ENJOY SOME OF THIS INCREDIBLE CULTURE. 
COME AND SOAK IN THE SIGHTS AS WE PERSONALLY ESCORT AND GUIDE YOU THROUGH ANCIENT CITIES, AND WALK AROUND RUGGED AND WINDSWEPT CLIFFTOPS AND CHATEAUX. PERHAPS YOU WOULD PREFER TO BE DRIVEN THROUGH SOME OF THE FAMOUS VINEYARDS OR WINERIES OF FRANCE. LET US CHAUFFEUR YOU TO ONE OF THE NUMEROUS PRODUCE MARKETS, FOUND IN EVERY SMALL TOWN AND VILLAGE SO THAT YOU CAN TRY SPEAKING A LITTLE FRENCH, WHILST PURCHASING FOOD FOR YOUR LUNCH OR DINNER.
WE ARE ABLE TO FULLY CUSTOMISE A PERSONAL GUIDED TOUR IN FRANCE FOR YOU AND YOUR SMALL GROUP. 
Come and visit. We'll customise a tour in France for you, lasting for as long as you like.
Burgundy and the Loire Valley Guided Tours * Brittany and Normandy Guided Tour
Personal Wine Tours in Burgundy * Personal Chateau Tours * Megalith Tours in Brittany
Personally Guided and Escorted Vacations or Tours can cost as little as $200-00 Per Person/Day
Ask about our NEW 1 and 2 day tours to Mont St Michel or the D Day Beaches in Normandy, and Carnac in Brittany
From the minute that you arrive at your airport or railway station, we will look after you. Our personallly escorted tours and vacations are the best in France. We will pick you up and chauffeur you to your hotel, gite or chateau. France will become yours as we drive you to a different destination each day. We are English speaking, and will give you an insight into France and the French way of life, whilst enabling you to experience and fulfil your European vacation dreams.
Our personal escorted and chauffeur driven guided tours can be a day long, a week long or a month in duration and are the only way to explore France. Tour with us NOW ! 
Our list of tour destinations, means that if there is somewhere that you have dreamt of visiting, within France, you can now do it in style. Brittany Normandy and the Loire Valley are superb destinations. Our air conditioned vehicles will provide you with comfort whilst our tour guides take you to the town or region of your choice. If you or your small group wish to visit a chateau one day or a museum the next. We'll escort you there safely.
Give us a call - Afoot In France - Email afootinfrance@gmail.com

Sunday, January 5, 2014

Personal Small Group Guided Tour In Brittany - 8 Days In France

Personal Small Group Guided Tour In Brittany - 8 Days In Heaven !

Personal Small Group Tour In Brittany
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This personal and guided tour of Brittany is 8 days long.
We pick you up in Nantes, Dinan or Rennes and take you to your hotel.
We spend 2 days in Dinan and will give you a walking tour of this superb medieaval town and its walls.
An excursion up to the ruin of Fort Latte and the lighthouse at Cap Frehel will give you chance to stretch your legs and enjoy the great view across the North Atlantic. and a seperate visit to the amazing island abbey of Mont St Michel is included.
We then drive over to the ancient seaport of Roscoff, on the Western tip of France. Spending 2 nights in a lovely hotel 'with a view', we will explore the megalithic cairn of Barnenez and the wonderful and enchanting Pink Granite Coast.
Onwards to Josselin via Belon (famous for its oysters and seafood.) and the standing stones of Carnac, and chance to stay for 3 nights in a lovely hotel adjacent to the magnificent fortress of Josselin, home to the Rohan family for centuries.
We will make sure that you arrive at the station or airport of your choice, within Brittany, so that you may get your connections in a timely manner.
You will have the services of your own English speaking guide for the duration of the tour.
The cost of the vehicle is included.
Cost = $200/person per day
Email us for more details afootinfrance@gmail.com

Monday, December 30, 2013

AfootinFrance - Personal Small Group Guided Tours of Brittany and Normandy

AfootinFrance - Personal Small Group Guided Tours of Brittany and Normandy

THE 2014 Personal Guide and Escorted Tours of Normandy and Brittany
NEW !
These personal guide and escorted tours and vacations of Normandy and Brittany are very special.
RENNES or NANTES to MONT ST MICHEL - 1 Day - Book Now !
If you would prefer a 1 day tour to Mont St Michel with a pickup and dropoff at Rennes, the cost is $295 per person for the day. Please arrange for an early train or plane from Paris and we will collect you at Rennes International airport or railway station anddrive you to the abbey at Mont St Michel. We will then give you a short tour of the towns fortifications, where you can enjoy spectacular views across the Bay of Mont St Michel. After lunch you will enjoy a tour of the famous abbey itself, where you will be immersed in the history of Europes most famous abbey. In the afternoon we will return you to Rennes in time for your connections.
RENNES or NANTES to MONT ST MICHEL - 2 Days - Book Now !
! : We pick you up in Rennes (am or pm) and drive you to Mont st Michel where you will have plenty of time to enjoy the splendour of this incredible World famous site. We will guide you around the towns walls and through the abbey perched on top of this amazing island. You will get to spend the night in a hotel on the ancient walls looking out over the bay. After breakfast the next morning, if time permits, we will take you up to a working windmill or a superb cider tasting. This is a great short break and we will help you maximise the time that you have in Normandy. Hotels and meals are not included but we will help you select accomodation if required.
$200-00 per person/per day (based on at least 2 people in your group)
These Normandy and Brittany packages include :
English speaking chauffeur service in fully air conditioned vehicles.
Refreshments whilst on board the vehicle.
Personal help and advice setting up your itinerary (hotels, restaurants, accomodations, rail transport etc)
Pickup and dropoff at the airport or railway station of your choice.
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RENNES or NANTES to CARNAC - 1,2 or 3 Days - Book Now !
2 : Now imagine a place of mystery and legend....Carnac ! We pick you up in Rennes or Nantes (am or pm) and drive you to another UNESCO site on the southern shore of Brittany in France, where you can stroll through avenues of standing stones, that were erected, perhaps, 7000 years ago. In Brittany you will find the worlds largest concentration of neolithic and megalithic remains. Carnac and its 3000 stones are amazing and the most impressive. The stone alignments encroach into the edge of the village of Carnac where you will be able to spend a lovely evening chatting about the days adventures and enjoying a meal. In the morning we will drive you to the beautiful port town of Vannes where you will have the opportunity to stroll around the old city walls and enjoy a cup of espresso or a crepe. Hotels and meals are not included but we will help you select accomodation if required.
$200-00 per person/per day (based on at least 2 people in your group)
These Normandy and Brittany packages include :
English speaking chauffeur service in fully air conditioned vehicles.
Refreshments whilst on board the vehicle.
Personal help and advice setting up your itinerary (hotels, restaurants, accomodations, rail transport etc)
Pickup and dropoff at the airport or railway station of your choice.
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RENNES or NANTES to D-Day Beaches in NORMANDY - 1,2 or 3 Days - Book Now !
3 : Another place that could be on your wishlist, whilst enjoying your personal guided vacation of France are Normandys WW11 beaches. Afoot In France picks you up in Rennes. We will drive you (using one of our air conditioned minibuses) through many of the most important sites of the 20th century, jointly called the D Day Beaches in Normandy. Visit St Mer Eglise and the US landing beaches of Omaha and Utah. We will guide you along the entire stretch of beach that composed the US landing zone, where you will get to visit Pointe Du Hoc, the new museum on Utah Beach, the Longue Sur Mer Battery and of course the American Cemetery at Omaha Beach. Hotels and meals are not included but we will help you select accomodation if required.
$275-00 per person/per day (based on at least 2 people in your group)
These Normandy and Brittany packages include :
English speaking chauffeur service in fully air conditioned vehicles.
Refreshments whilst on board the vehicle.
Personal help and advice setting up your itinerary (hotels, restaurants, accomodations, rail transport etc)
Pickup and dropoff at the airport or railway station of your choice.
Contact us at afootinfrance@gmail.com

Saturday, December 28, 2013

Afootinfrance - 2014 Personal Guide and Escorted Tour Season in France

Afootinfrance - 2014 Personal Guide and Escorted Tour Season in France !


Afootinfrance - 2014 Personal Guide and Escorted Tour Season in France




We are offering these destinations for our personal and escorted guided tours during the 2013 travel and tour season in France.



Your travel party (family friends etc) have a choice of the following destinations in France. 



Prices quoted are in US dollars and are for 1 person per day. They include pick up from your hotel, personal English speaking escort and chauffeur, who will also be your tour guide, liquid refreshments all day, fuel, tolls, insurance, and taxes.



On these destinations within France we can provide a fully chaffeured and escorted tour package, that can be for a single day or for a week. Plan your itinerary and contact us for your travel needs, whilst in France. Our personal tour guides will do the rest.



Brittany and Normandy - With the aid of your own personal tour guide, Visit the World War 2 beaches in Normandy, Mont St Michel, the standing stones in Carnac, and the Pink Granite Coast nr Morlaix, in Brittany. 



From only $200-00 Per Person/Day (based on a minimum 2 people in your group)



Burgundy and the Loire Valley - Travel through the world famous vineyards of France with your own personal tour guide. Stop for a wine tasting. Explore the chateaux and fortresses of the Loire Valley and Burgundy, whilst enjoying the spectacular countryside.



From only Per Person/Day - $250-00



Megalith Tours In Brittany - North Western France, and Brittany, in particular has the greatest concentration of megalithic sites, such as tumuli, standing stones, burial chambers stone circles and alignments, in the world. Our personal tour guides would love to help you explore some of the great sites such as Carnac, St Just, and Barnenez. Immerse yourself in this incredible 7000 yr old culture.



From only Per Person/Day - $245-00



Chateau Tours of France - France is known for its beautiful and elegant chateaux. With us you will be able to visit any of this countrys great stately homes. Our personal guides will escort you to the chateau of Chenonceau, Chateau Chambord, Loches and Blois, in the Loire Valley,Josselin, Fougeres and Suscinio in Brittany, or even Chateauneuf-en-Auxois and the Chateau of Commarin in Burgundy. You tell us where and we'll make it happen.



From only Per Person/Day - $265-00



Wine Tours In Burgundy - Do you have a 'nose' ?. Whether you know, love and adore wine, or just want to sample some of the worlds greatest wines, we can show you how. Burgundy is rich wine country. The Cotes De Nuits, The Cotes De Beaune, Beaujolais, and Chablis are some of the wine regions that we'll take you to. We will arrange free wine tastings with some of the worlds greatest wine producers (they arent always the big names that you may be familiar with !). You may even wish to have some shipped home to you. Join us...we'll show you how.



From only Per Person/Day - $285-00



We have just added (due to popular demand) England as a personal escort destination.



Bath and Somerset - Be personally escorted and chauffeur driven through the heart of England. Bath is an ancient Roman Spa City and it lies very close to the Cotswolds and Shakespeare country. The countryside is marvellous and the people all speak fluent English...what could be better :-)



From only Per Person/Day - $200-00



Provide proof that you are also doing another trip in France with 'Rick Steves' and we'll give you another 10% off.
afootinfrance@gmail.com

Monday, December 9, 2013

Afoot In France Small Group And Personal Guide Tours - 2014



WELCOME TO " AFOOT IN FRANCE " Personal Small GroupTours and Guides
WE HOPE YOU ENJOY THIS SITE AND ARE MOTIVATED BY IT ENOUGH TO COME AND EXPLORE FRANCE AND SOME OF THE VISUAL AND CULINARY DELIGHTS THAT THIS BEAUTIFUL COUNTRY HAS TO OFFER .
FRANCE HAS A WONDERFULLY RICH HISTORY, AND ALSO A DEEPLY ROOTED LOVE OF FOOD AND WINE. ALLOW US TO HELP YOU ENJOY SOME OF THIS INCREDIBLE CULTURE.
COME AND SOAK IN THE SIGHTS AS WE PERSONALLY ESCORT AND GUIDE YOU THROUGH ANCIENT CITIES, AND WALK AROUND RUGGED AND WINDSWEPT CLIFFTOPS AND CHATEAUX. PERHAPS YOU WOULD PREFER TO BE DRIVEN THROUGH SOME OF THE FAMOUS VINEYARDS OR WINERIES OF FRANCE. LET US CHAUFFEUR YOU TO ONE OF THE NUMEROUS PRODUCE MARKETS, FOUND IN EVERY SMALL TOWN AND VILLAGE SO THAT YOU CAN TRY SPEAKING A LITTLE FRENCH, WHILST PURCHASING FOOD FOR YOUR LUNCH OR DINNER.
WE ARE ABLE TO FULLY CUSTOMISE A PERSONAL GUIDED TOUR IN FRANCE FOR YOU AND YOUR SMALL GROUP.
Come and visit. We'll customise a tour in France for you, lasting for as long as you like.
Burgundy and the Loire Valley Guided Tours * Brittany and Normandy Guided Tour
Personal Wine Tours in Burgundy * Personal Chateau Tours * Megalith Tours in Brittany
Personally Guided and Escorted Vacations or Tours can cost as little as $200-00 Per Person/Day
Ask about our NEW 1 and 2 day tours to Mont St Michel or the D Day Beaches in Normandy, and Carnac in Brittany
From the minute that you arrive at your airport or railway station, we will look after you. Our personallly escorted tours and vacations are the best in France. We will pick you up and chauffeur you to your hotel, gite or chateau. France will become yours as we drive you to a different destination each day. We are English speaking, and will give you an insight into France and the French way of life, whilst enabling you to experience and fulfil your European vacation dreams.
Our personal escorted and chauffeur driven guided tours can be a day long, a week long or a month in duration and are the only way to explore France. Tour with us NOW !
Our list of tour destinations, means that if there is somewhere that you have dreamt of visiting, within France, you can now do it in style. Brittany Normandy and the Loire Valley are superb destinations. Our air conditioned vehicles will provide you with comfort whilst our tour guides take you to the town or region of your choice. If you or your small group wish to visit a chateau one day or a museum the next. We'll escort you there safely.
Give us a call - Afoot In France - Email afootinfrance@gmail.com

 
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