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Kelsey on a cruise on the River Seine, Paris

Kelsey

Europe Specialist

In school I studied International Relations and French. I feel lucky to have spent some of my university years in Paris at the Institute of Political Sciences, as well as in Geneva at the University of Geneva. Prior to Audley, I worked in a consular role for the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Denmark. I’ve always felt a keen interest in different places, languages and cultures.

When I lived in Europe as a student I got to travel all around by myself. I remember experiencing a shift in perspective on how the world works. Words cannot do this justice; my perspective of the world became bigger, but smaller; humbling and invigorating. I gained a new appreciation for history, archeology, food, wine and art. This new world of juxtaposition and possibility made me want to continue exploring and learning — and to provide this experience for others.

My favorite place in France is Honfleur, a small medieval-looking town in Normandy. It is all-encompassing of the best parts of France. There is excellent cuisine, gorgeous landscapes and rich history.

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Q&A with Kelsey

Médoc wine region, France

What’s your most vivid travel moment?

On my most recent trip to France with Audley, I took a gourmet walking tour around Bordeaux. The tour featured several stops, where we tasted regional, seasonal and sustainable specialties. Not only did I have some of the most wonderful tastes — notably the fresh caviar — of food in my life, but I learned so much about the city and loved seeing how the purveyors curated, created and prepared their cuisines.

La Roque-Gageac, Dordogne, France

Where would you love to travel next?

I am eager to visit the prehistoric caves in Dordogne, France. The caves offer dramatic hikes, and retain in-tact art and paintings from over 10,000 years ago

Mont Saint-Michel, Normandy

Which book, film, or artwork captures France the most?

Light read — Paris, my sweet. By Amy Thomas. Follow a blogger’s journey through the city of lights, love, and chocolate in this lighthearted story about Paris. All the Light We Cannot See by Anthony Doerr. This story takes place during World War II in Saint Malo, a town on the Northeast coast of France in Normandy. While heartbreaking at times, the story follows a girl’s unique struggles and perspective in France during the 1940s. It offers lovable protagonists, beautiful imagery, and rich and important historical fiction.