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Cynthia

Location:

Fort Myers, FL
Hometown: Fort Myers

Member since:

December 15, 2012

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Why would you join the group?

Travel is my passion. I've been to 30 countries, 25 US states, and I have many more countries on my list. I've lived and worked two years in Italy and 5 years in France (off and on). I have two young adult French step children. I have two cats that I dragged back and forth between countries. I am a professional grant writer for nonprofits and co-own my own French Alps Tour company with my British partner. I just got hired as a Tour Director with Tauck Tours leading river cruising tours in France beginning the summer/spring/fall of 2013. I also have a photoblog, www.france-and-beyond-photoblog.com, about my travels and life in France and beyond. My tour website is www.frenchalpsandprovencetours.com I'm also a Meetup Organizer for the Expats - current, former, future Meetup.

Where did you travel recently?

France, Portugal, Ireland, Italy, Spain

Where would you like to travel in the future?

Cuba, Thailand, Croatia, Cambodia, Vietnam, India, Yucatan Mexico, Peru

What was the best trip you have ever had and why?

My best trips weren't trips - they were when I lived in Italy for two years. I was immersed in the passion, humor, animation of the what is unique to Italy and made many Italian friends. I like to travel like a local and stay away from tourist hotels, etc because you can't get a real feel of the people and culture that way. I also went to Ireland for four weeks and fell in love with the warmth and hospitality of the people and the beauty of the landscapes.

Where are you originally from?

Fort Myers, Florida. I left when I was 18. My family still lives here.

Introduction

I grew up in Ft Myers but have been away for 35 years (in Los Angeles, Italy, France) but recently moved back to the area full-time (for now). I'm looking for fellow travel fanatics. ;-)


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