• Beautiful Giverny, home to Impressionist artist Claude Monet.

  • According to legend, the Archangel Michel appeared as a vision to St. Aubert in the year 708 and instructed him to build this abbey.

  • Normandy American Cemetery and Memorial is located on a bluff overlooking Omaha Beach, covering 172 acres and containing the remains of 9,387 American military dead.

  • Spanning five arches across the river Cher, Chenonceau was a temporary hospital where more than 2,000 wounded were recovering up to the end of World War I.

  • Climb to the top of Mont St. Michel for spectacular views and work up an appetite for one of Meré Poulard's famous omelettes.


Provincial French Countryside

April 20-May 4, 2015
Hosted by: Missy and John Kuykendall '59

Price & reservations: From $5,896 (Charlotte departure) – including airfare and all taxes and fees. Pricing and itinerary subject to change. Operated by Odysseys Unlimited, 888-370-6765.

About the trip: Experience the beauty, allure and hospitality of provincial France at an easy pace and in a unique style in a small group limited to just 24 guests. Begin your 15-day tour in Toulouse discovering medieval Carcassonne and the market town of Albi, with its Toulouse-Lautrec Museum. Stay in charming Sarlat to explore the remote Dordogne, including a visit to the famous caves at Lascaux II and a leisurely afternoon cruise on the Dordogne River. Take a guided walking tour in the cliff-side village of Rocamadour, and tour the Loire Valley's impressive Chateau de Chenonceaux.

Travel to Crepon, visiting dramatic Mont St. Michel along the way. Visit the Tapestry Museum in Bayeux and Caen's Memorial Museum devoted to "history for peace." Tour Normandy's D-Day Landing Beaches including Pointe du Hoc, Utah Beach, Ste-Mere-Eglise, and the American Cemetery overlooking Omaha Beach. Walk amid the gardens of artist Claude Monet in Giverny, and see the familiar lily pond and Japanesee footbridge of his paintings.

Conclude your journey in Paris seeing the highlights on a city tour and visiting either the Louvre Museum or the Musée d'Orsay. Savor the City of Light on your own time, at your own pace, on an optional 3-day/2-night post-tour extension.

About our hosts: Missy and John Kuykendall ‘59 made their home in Davidson the first year of their marriage (a Missy & John Kuykendall while ago!) and returned to town 30 years ago, this past summer. John served as president of the college from 1984- 1997, and then returned to full-time teaching in the department of religion until his retirement in 1993. Meanwhile, Missy continued her practice as a counselor and served as a volunteer on several boards in Davidson and the Charlotte area. They have continued to live in Davidson since John's retirement, but try to spend time at their place in western North Carolina whenever they can. With sons Tim and Jamie long since on their own, their only current household member is a Border Collie puppy named Jed. The Kuykendalls are looking forward to the upcoming Alumni Association trip to France. Missy was a French major at Agnes Scott and looks forward to dusting off her vocabulary.