Samantha, France & Italy Specialist
As an accomplished athlete and Boston native, Samantha has always lived an active lifestyle. Prior to majoring in communications at Goucher College, Samantha spent a summer in Europe researching architecture and sculptures for her minor in Art History. Ever since, Samantha has been fortunate enough to continue to explore the globe; her preferred destinations include Botswana, France, Thailand, and Turkey. Samantha's first years at Audley were spent as a Southern Africa specialist.
Since then she has joined Audley's Europe team with a focus on France. After extensively traveling through France she has gained an in-depth knowledge of the French way of life through food, art and wine. Although she loves traveling the world, Samantha feels there is no place like home and her perfect day would include watching the Patriots win at Gillette Stadium with a hotdog and beer in hand.
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I'll never forget when…
What I appreciate most about travel is having the opportunity to immerse yourself in the local culture. I was lucky enough to spend the morning exploring the streets of Saint-Germain-de-Près in Paris with a local Parisian, Christine. We spent the morning walking in and out of traditional French boulangeries and patisseries. As we strolled along, she taught me about the history of French cuisine and the way certain pastries are linked to important historical events, such as the world-famous croissant, all while tasting different goodies along the way. I particularly liked the financier, a mini almond cake designed specifically for businessmen. It's a light and moist cake, small enough to be conveniently eaten on the way to work.