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her travel guests. “This will be a trip for womenonly. And we are going to meet Senegalese women – one day they are going to teach us African dances, one day we are going to cook with the locals. One day we are going to a school and we’ll meet teachers who are women... we’ll visit the market and buy supplies and take them back to the school... We will meet a panel of Senegal women sharing their life stories. It will be amazing.”

Annecy, France or ‘The Little Venice of the Alps’

herself many times over. “I love Africa,” she says. “And in Senegal they speak French. Also it is not like Kenya or Tanzania, where Americans commonly tour. Senegal is not a tourist-type country. So it remains authentic.” In keeping with her vision, Jackie chose the destination to provide a cultural experience for

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Several years ago, a family of seven journeyed to Europe on a trip through French Escapade. As the holiday ended, they were saddened at the departure and told Jackie, ‘We came here as a family of seven, now we’ve become a family of nine.’ Leaving Jackie and Valerie behind left

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them particularly sorry to end the beautiful trip. This tender sentiment sums up the experience available to travelers who choose a vacation with Jackie Grandchamps, who stays in touch with her clients for months and often years after the trip is over. “Who I work with,” she says, “are people who want to discover a new culture. I offer the opportunity of an authentic experience, so that they will not be a tourist but a guest.”

Volume 4, Issue 2 (Summer/Autumn 2009)  

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