While on my last trip to France I toured the British and Canadian landing sites at Sword and Juno sectors. There was something incredibly moving about being on the same beaches the Allied soldiers had landed so many years ago and seeing children playing where before there was so much devastation. Having long heard about the US role in World War II, many of the details of the British and Canadian involvement were new to me. Walking with my guide across Pegasus Bridge stirred up surprising emotion and watching the videos of the soldiers who served brought tears to my eyes.
Careese, France & Scandinavia Specialist
I fell in love with traveling when I was about 15 years old, and ever since then it has played a major role in my life. In college I majored in Sociology and Environmental Studies, where learning about different cultures and biodiversity around the world further ignited my passion for travel. My hobbies include language learning, hiking, reading, and, of course, adventuring both around the world and more locally around the US.
At Audley I specialize in France, Ireland, the UK, and Scandinavia. These areas, though varied, have in common great food, beautiful natural landscapes, and cultures which I can't help but find completely fascinating. I love what I do here at Audley and really enjoy talking to other travelers about what they are most passionate about so we can collaborate on putting together a trip that can be undeniably their own, tailor-made to their individual interests and preferences.
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Set on Rue du Rivoli opposite the Tuileries Garden and a stone’s throw from the Louvre and Place Vendôme is the exclusive Le Meurice. A regular stomping ground for royalty and artists alike, the hotel blends ornate 18th-century-style interiors with elements of whimsical contemporary style throughout its lavish interior. Michelin star dining, a top-of-the-line spa, gorgeous views of the Parisian skyline and an enviable location make this my top hotel recommendation for honeymooners or anyone seeking a romantic French getaway. In addition to the palatial decor, the staff is incredibly friendly and goes out of their way to make you feel at home.
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During my trip around Normandy my guide brought me to the German Cemetery and after several days of visiting D-day sites I felt this was one of the most powerful places we had encountered. Some of the graves held boys as young as 16. Seeing a physical representation of the massive losses on both sides of the conflict brought the devastation of World War II home to me and the history and consequences of conflict sharply into focus. I feel such an appreciation for my life and for those who went before me after touring the area.