I always speak so fondly of France, not only because of my personal connection to it, but also because at the White House we always had a productive and professional experience there. We had an incident where a colleague of mine fell ill and she ended up having to stay longer in Paris. I was one of the only people she told, and I ended up talking back and forth with her doctors and embassy personnel trying to coordinate and get her back home. Honestly, it was some of the most supportive care I’ve experienced overseas. When you travel far from home, you want to feel a sense of safety and comfort, and I’ve always felt that in France. There’s this sense of similarity between the U.S. and France. There’s mutual respect, professionalism, and a sense of pride that they have in their culture that I believe is important. My experiences in Paris and France in general will always be highly recommended, whether you’re there for presidential-like travel, or to just simply live out your dreams.
C’est si bon!
Dedicated to Peggy Suntum, who spent countless hours with me on a bus through the countryside of France. Rest in Paradise.