--CEO Jeff Goss
I just completed an inspirational 10 day trip to France. The experience impacted me in a couple of ways. I now have a renewed realization of how critical it is to get out of your routine and take in new life experiences. I was inspired by walking in the footsteps of people who have changed the world and made a difference with their lives. A few highlights:
- 4 days in Paris
- Les Andelys, where Richard the Lionhearted built a castle to defend what is now northern France for England, but was invaded and conquered by France king Phillip II.
- Giverny, where Monet changed the definition of art. http://giverny.org/gardens/fcm/visitgb.htm
- *Rouen, where Joan of Arc, at age of 18, led armies to defeat the English. And, about 900 years later, a strategic location during WWII, where the city was bombed and occupied by the Nazis. shttp://en.normandie-tourisme.fr/articles/rouen-217-2.html
- The beaches of Normandy, where thousands of American, English and Canadian soldiers were slaughtered so the world could remain free. www.dday.org/history/d-day-the-invasion/overview.html
- Auvers-sur-Oise, where Van Gogh spent the last couple months of his life painting 70 paintings in 60 days. http://www.colleensparis.com/2010/07/day-trip-to-auvers-sur-oise-an-eternal-village/
- Honfleur, which has the best sardines and mackerel in the world. It’s a centuries-old shipping, fishing, trading port. The first written record of Honfleur is a reference by Richard III, Duke of Normandy, in 1027. By the middle of the 12th century, the city represented a significant transit point for goods from Rouen to England. http://en.normandie-tourisme.fr/articles/honfleur-278-2.html
I came back to the agency ready to infuse our creative work with some of the inspirational sights, sounds, art, and more that we came across in France. Bonjour!