A must-see. Seeing the Tour de France is to live, eat, and breath France. I run Tour de France tours and my advice to clients is to always avoid the crowded start/finish lines. Go to the smallest little village along the course, grab a comfortable chair, a cooler, a baguette, and enjoy the show. Former Spyns clients have always enjoyed the Pyrenees and the tour will be there again in 2010. Nothing is better than watching three generations of French families screaming and clapping as the tour goes by. Truly memorable. For more info, please visit our website www.tdf-tours.com and don’t hesitate to call or email me with your questions 1.888.825.4720.
A life-changing experience. I run tour to see the running of the bulls in Pamplona and go to the festival every year. It is incredible and absolutely worth doing…whether you run or not. Pamplona is a fantastic city, full of wonderful people who really shine during the San Fermin festival. They are as welcoming and friendly as the bulls are large and dangerous. If you choose to run, watch from a balcony before doing so and never run on a weekend (too crowded). Need help with your plans just contact Spyns (Ryan King) at www.pamplona-spain.com or 1.888.825.4720.
Absolutely worth doing. I take people there for a living (cycling and hiking tours to be exact) and after just a week of the good life in Burgundy, Beaujolais, Bordeaux or Provence, people change. The French can be a little abrupt, not because they don’t like you, it’s just because they won’t open up until they know you. Here are some reasons to go:
- the wine (often cheaper than milk)
- the bread (you can live on baguette and cheese for weeks)
- people actually sit down and talk at the table
- when someone from France calls you un ‘ami’ or ‘friend’ it’s for life
- seeing the Eiffel tower at night
- dinner at restaurant Le Petit Paradis in Beaune (Burgundy) with just enough space for 12
- cycling through the vines during the fall harvest
- the Cote d’Azur
- the pastries (my favorite is ‘Succes au chocolat’)
If you need any travel advice or some pointers on where to go, don’t hesitate to contact me. firstname.lastname@example.org www.spyns.com
I have a small tour company and take people biking in Provence followed by three days at the Cannes Film Festival. It is surreal and definitely worth doing. Last year I was with a group of clients having drinks at the chic Carlton hotel when the whole cast of X-Men 3 came down to the bar for a drink before the movie’s premiere. Had a chat with Kelsey Grammer, blocked Ian MacKellan from getting to the bathroom, and locked eyes with Patrick Stewart, Famke Jannsen and Halle Berry. This is France so the eyewear and facelifts are pretty extreme. If you want any pointers or have any questions from a Cannes Festival veteran, feel free to shoot me an email: email@example.com www.spyns.com
Absolutely worth doing. A once-in-a-lifetime experience. I take groups to Pamplona every year and ran again in 2006 (July 10th to be specific). Although dangerous, you’re more likely to get trampled by people (or die from asphyxiation because of the stench of fear coming from your co-runners). My advice:
1. Run sober
2. Don’t run on the first few days of the festival because the roads are too crowded and the runners (mostly foreigners) are inexperienced, there are always serious injuries the first few days
3. Run later in the festival when the experienced Spaniards usually run
4. Stay away from the one 90 degree turn (about 150 yards away from city hall)
With concerts, parades, marching bands, food, drink, Pamplona’s San Fermin festival is so much more than just the bull run and it’s great to see so many families with small children there during the day. No one is a stranger during San Fermin and the Pamplonese are incredibly friendly even though a half million people invade their town for 8 days every year.
I’ve seen a few posts and couldn’t agree more that if you’re an animal lover or vegetarian, this may not be your festival. Feel free to shoot me an email if you have questions.