April 19, 2016
I trust all is well with you. Diane and I have returned to the USA now and are both back at work. We had a magnificent time in France and thoroughly enjoyed our stay with Linda and Chris at Auberge du Vin. I can honestly say that this was a trip of a life time. We will never forget our most enjoyable time in the South of France. We would like to convey our sincere appreciation to Vincent and your team for putting together the Provence Weekend for us. Your delivery of excellent customer service was outstanding. From our first email correspondence, I felt good about the decision to book the trip. Upon arrival, the excellent customer service continued with the delivery of a clean, well maintained 1200 RT for our journey to Auberge du Vin. Your attention to detail with the customized GPS routes, maps, side case liners and rain suits was beyond our expectations.
Even though we encountered a few rain showers as we departed Nice, it did not diminish the excitement of traveling 2-up on the best touring machine made (BMW-1200RT). As the rain showers subsided, we made our way to Auberge du Vin where we were warmly greeted by Linda and Chris. If there is a better word than fantastic, then that is how we would describe our stay with Linda and Chris. The hospitably was warm and friendly and made for the perfect ending to our stay in France. The food and accommodations were exactly how it was described and surpassed our expectations. We enjoyed sharing a superbly prepared home cooked meal on Friday night with Linda and Chris. The evening was very relaxing and made for great conversation.
I thought that it couldn't get any better until we departed Auberge du Vin on Saturday following Chris on his red Ducatti. As we traveled the beautiful country roads, it became clear that this was truly a very special moment for Diane and I to experience together. As the saying goes, "you only live once, and if you do it right, once is enough". It simply doesn't get any better..... After a great day of riding, we returned for our personal wine class expertly delivered by Linda. We now have a much better understanding and appreciation for wines. Then it was off to dinner at a local restaurant that served excellent food. Chris was gracious enough to be our driver for the evening which allowed us to enjoy more of the great French wines at dinner.
As we said goodbye to Linda and Chris and slowly departed Auberge du Vin , Diane and I had a smile from ear to ear as we traveled back to Nice. The weather was rather windy with light rain showers so we decided to take the motorway back to Nice just in case the weather got worse on the mountain roads through Verdon. Having had such a great tour of the countryside with Chris the day before, we didn't want to chance turning our return trip into a 8-10 journey due to wet roads. So we took the coastal scenic route back to Nice and passed through Cannes which was very beautiful and impressive.
Overall, we had a GREAT time and thoroughly enjoyed our stay in France. Our sincere appreciation to everyone involved in making our trip something very special to remember for a life time.
Thank you again!
Take care, be well.
Ron & Diane Carter
Oakland, CA USA
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