With French and Italian roots, Liz always felt a special connection to those two cultures. Having experienced seaside life as a teen during several trips spent with a local Bordeaux family, her passion for France and the French language was instilled at a young age. After studying French, Italian and History at Georgetown University and living abroad in Lyon, Liz spent five years living in Washington where she accompanied museum and alumni groups on educational trips throughout Europe and the US.
Her go-to leisure activity is chatting in Italian or French over a glass of wine. Some of her most memorable France travel experiences include cruising along the French Riviera aboard a private boat, learning how to make aioli in Provence, and attending a ball at the Palace of Versailles.
She's excited to be home in Boston and thrilled to have the opportunity to share her extensive France knowledge.
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Although not a connoisseur, I do enjoy a really good glass of wine, and I've never tasted better wine than the vintages I sampled during my day at Châteauneuf-du-Pape. It was relaxing and informative and helped me dig deeper into this new interest of mine. I found it intriguing that the classification came into existence because the region was used by the French Popes as their summer residence, and while they were only in France for about one century before returning to Rome, they needed to produce their wine locally for religious services. That winemaking tradition lasted throughout the centuries and dates back as far as Roman times. Now, the region produces some of the world's best red wines. Thinking about the history while overlooking the vineyards and enjoying a delicious meal al fresco was a highlight for me. The day continued to delight me when lunch was followed with a tasting at one of the region's most reputable producers.