Bonjour tout le monde!!
If you have been following me on my social media (instagram and facebook) you will have noticed that big changes are happening! American Mom in Bordeaux will be becoming My Bordeaux Tours with Jennifer Poe.
Why the change? Evolution and growth. Originally American Mom in Bordeaux was started back in 2012 (wow - 8 years ago!!) as a blog to share my experience as an expat and our family experiences as we adjusted to a new culture, new systems and life in general in a new country.
As a family we have grown, we have changed - we have evolved. My daughters who began their life here in France at 4, 7 & 10 years old are now 19 (having finished her first year in a French Prepa University program in Physics & Chemistry), 16 ( currently attending high school with specialties in Literature, History and Politics with 2 more years left) and my youngest is 12 will be entering 5eme or 8th grade at our local middle school in the Fall. They have moved through the French education system - each in their own way, each with their own experiences.
As a family that initially arrived here as one unit, and we have divided into two. Yes, although I didn't share much about this aspect of my life, we too like many couples separated and divorced. It was not easy on the family but we have evolved, we have all moved on. The girls spend every other week with me and now that they are getting older - of course they spend a fair amount of time with their friends.
For myself, I have happily met someone new and between us we have 4 teenage girls. Needles to say with 4 teenagers - the house can be very dynamic at times between all of them and their friends. But then we have quiet time too - a benefit of being a recomposed family.
I have been happily working as a local & regional tour guide for the past 6 years. Our seasons normally run between March and November and this opportunity has given me such an appreciation for this beautiful area that is not just about the wine!! Yes, the wine is great too - but this area is so rich and dynamic in history. This whole experience has peaked my love of history and wine. I have even taken Wine & Spirit Education courses (WSET 2 & 3) to enhance and broaden my general knowledge of world wines.
Through my work, I have met so many wonderful and interesting people. I have mainly worked for the river cruise companies (Viking Cruises, Ama Waterways and Scenic Cruises) that sail along the Garonne & Dordogne Rivers. I have so enjoyed my ongoing learning about this area and all the small towns surrounding Bordeaux in addition to fully understanding Bordeaux wine and it's special blends.
I will be continuing my work with the river cruise companies - I adore all my clients and we have shared some great moments together. I am complimenting this work with these small group walking tours in Bordeaux and recently I have chosen to pair this experience with a wine tasting at one of my favorite local wine bars. You can read more about my tour on the website.
Given the evolution of my life, the girls growing up and a more refined career focus, I have chosen to recreate my blog into the new site My Bordeaux Tours with Jennifer Poe and bring the blog along with it. I will be continuing to share like before - photos of this gorgeous area and articles about what there is to see and do both in this area and in France, along with some of my experiences here in France.
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For those who come visit Bordeaux, you will see what I directly offer for tours - but of course there is always the opportunity to customize a tour to your liking.
I look forward to this new chapter and new beginning... and hopefully see you in Bordeaux sometime soon!!!
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My best to everyone!