Normandy Invasion D-Day Remembrance 68 Years Later

June 6 We visited the Normandy battlefields, the American Cemetery above Omaha Beach and the German fortified spur of land known as Pointe-du-Hoc a few days ago. The experience resonates today, the 68th anniversary of the D-Day landings which set in motion the final defeat of Adolf Hitler’s Evil Empire. The landscape at Pointe-du-Hoc is […]

Monet’s Garden at Giverny, France

May 30 We spent a pleasant afternoon strolling around the charming hamlet of Giverny, France the other day. The highlight and purpose of our visit was the visit Monet’s house and garden, which the artist created so that he had a natural pallet of light and color for him impressionist creations. Good weather was on […]

Tour Opportunities for October

March 5, 2012 European Focus founder and guide James Derheim is available during the beautiful month of October, a perfect time to explore most of central and southern Europe. October is prime season and is usually booked far in advance. The days are mild and the kids are all back in school with no major […]

Private Tour Opportunity for August

We have an opening on our calendar for a private tour of at least seven days minimum for the month of August, 2011. This month is historically for us the last month to fill, and we’ve taken bookings as late as July for the very next month. Still, if it’s your dream to travel in […]

Adieu Art and Carol

We dropped off our most recent guests Art and Carol at the Geneva Airport this morning. Art and Carol are now planning their fifth adventure with European Focus, to take place in September, 2012. The next trip will include the Tirol of Italy and Croatia. Jenean and Jim will be scouting locations in Croatia in […]

Mont Vercors and around

Continuing our lazy afternoon of exploration after lunch at Mens the other day, we explored the valley near the largest stone massif in the area, Mont Vercors at nearly 2,400 meters. It’s an awesome sight from any angle. We drove up the narrow back roads, discovering a hamlet with a grass-roofed church from the 12th […]

A Visit to Mens, France

Following the recommendation of our hostess at Chateau du Paquier, we took the scenic drive to the hamlet of Mens the other day for our lunch. Jenean was back at the chateau cooking our dinner for that night, so it was Art and Carol and Jim wandering the quiet, in fact, deserted alleyways and streets […]