Saint Malo, Mont St. Michel, Dinan

Eight of us (the Kurlands, Brechers, Papkas and Irene and me, all close friends for many years) decided in advance to use the services of Descouvertes, an Ensemble On Location provider in France to plan a full day excursion to Mont St. Michel and Dinan. Our terrific guide met us at the tender pier at […]


My friend Ben Papka and I decided to tour the Normandy beaches, famous for the June 6, 1944 landing of Allied troops. Irene opted to tour Honfleur and Deauville with friends. The beaches were fascinating. An excellent guide provided just enough detail to put the events of that fateful day in proper perspective. Our first […]

Getting there was the hardest part.

Things started on a sour note when our American Airlines flight from JFK to Heathrow was delayed 2 1/2 hours. I was “hosting” a group of 30 and I wanted to board the ship early to handle any issues that might come up as our travelers arrived — but, with the delay, this was not […]

Paris with Josh

We’re having a wonderful time. Great travelmates. The kids are all making friends, our hotels are terrific. It’s an interesting mix in that some families here have three generations represented but more have just grandparents/grandchildren. It’s a special time and I’m so glad we’re doing it. Josh is now “into” exotic and expensive cars, so […]

London with Josh

We’re here is London and this is working out really well. Josh enjoyed the London double-decker bus tour, the speedboat ride on the Thames, and the Tower of London — particularly the Royal Armouries at the Tower. As expected, the London Eye, the giant ferris wheel which gives you a great view of the city, […]

Getting Ready for London and Paris

I must say, I’m very excited about taking my grandson Josh on a tour in celebration of his Bar Mitzvah. We knew without a doubt we would travel with Tauck Bridges (Tauck’s family trips designed for multigenerations) and, after some consideration, we decided on Castles and Kings touring London and Paris. We’re getting ready to […]