We sometimes think that Road Scholar sends us way too many catalogues, but that marketing strategy seems to work. While perusing one new arrival Jim noticed the program Food and Wine in Southern France (alas, no longer offered). It included a river cruise, which we had always wanted to try, wine tasting in the Rhone valley, hard to argue with that, and cooking classes at several locations including the Paul Bocuse Institute in Lyon, our favorite French city. Slam dunk!

The experience turned out even better than expected! We discovered that our group comprised only five people. This is the smallest group that any of has ever encountered and it was a delight. Our congenial fellow travelers and the excellent Road Scholar staff made what would have been merely a wonderful trip into an outstanding one.

There are a couple of ways to follow us on our trip. I've tried to make the narrative a complete summary, but I've used many links to other web sites to provide additional details and sometimes pictures. You can either stick with the basic narrative or explore the various links. At the time this album was created the links were all valid, but the WWW is in constant flux and that can change. If you encounter broken links, please send us some email.

A general comment about links in this travelogue. Many of the places we visited have web sites -- in French. Many of the people we saw had online references -- in French. At first I didn't link to non-English sites, but after a while I just went with the French.  If you can't decode them and are burning with curiosity, Google translate is your friend.

I've created a brief overview page, which is limited to only one or two of my favorite pictures from each day.

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Additional links for more details and pictures will be added as time permits.

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