He would have understood that this great-grandson, here to continue his work and keep the family tradition alive, hadn’t forgotten everything while attending engineering school after all, and that in his veins flowed the love for the land that is needed to make great wine! This hill owned me, and when I realized that I wasn’t going to be able to move forward, I had to do the one thing I was trying with all my might to avoid: I had to get off my bike, and walk it about 50 feet. As I joined a few other walkers around me, a guy kindly rode by and offered to help me if I needed it. I thanked him and said I was fine, and just did my best to get my beautiful rented bike and me up that beast of a hill. Once I got to the top, I figured I’d just slip back on the bike and keep riding. But, nope. I was huffing and puffing and no matter how hard I tried to pedal up the next smaller hill just enough to get my feet back in the toe clips, I couldn’t. I wasted so much time just trying to get back on my bike, that I eventually decided to just jog up one more hill with the bike (which quickly became a slow walk) and then make up for lost time the second half of the ride.
When you have finished walking around the Old Town, go down to Place de Neuve surrounded by grand buildings of Musee Rath (an art museum) and the Opera House. Enter Parc des Bastions with giant chess boards, a botanical garden, the Palais Eynard and the University and Library of Geneva. The most important thing to see here is the Reformation Wall (4), a monument honouring the Protestant Reformation.
Another thing that’s interesting about Tavel is that it’s one of the few rosé wines that can age well. I had an opportunity to taste a couple aged Tavel wines and they were spectacular! While you can buy Tavel while it’s still young, it’s suggested that most will be better with a year in the bottle and some will benefit from more ageing.
Of course, one of the best ways to do this is to travel as much as you can yourself! One of the myths about being a travel agent is that you get to travel all over the place all of the time for free. While there may be a few travel agents out there who are lucky enough to have this kind of setup for themselves, the majority do not live this lifestyle. But more than likely you will have access to some good discounts so take advantage of them and get traveling! If you’ve been there yourself, it will be much easier to sell it.
Plan on purchasing your tickets in advance as seats are reserved. (Tickets go on sale 30 days before the date of travel. The earlier you buy your ticket, the cheaper they will be.) The train trip from Paris to Aix TGV station is 3 hours, and if you have never traveled by the high speed train system in France, you are in for a treat! Navigating the system is dead easy, signage is in French but readily understandable by English speakers, the trains are extremely comfortable and reliable, and the staff are extremely helpful.
If you are a retired you may find that getting insurance may be more difficult or more expensive. If you have a pre-existing condition you will have to contact your insurer to discuss cover for your condition. The reason for this is that the insurer will not only want to know the potential risk to them, the likelihood that you may make a claim that could turn out to be expensive.