“Plaisirs des Lieux…A Feast for the Senses” is the inspiration for a world tour, of which the countries of Europe, the Middle East, Asia, and North America will be the ingredients. A young married couple, we will traverse 18 countries and 16,000 miles in approximately 2 years, accompanied by our two precious bicycles. In order to guard the maximum amount of autonomy, we will carry all of our gear with us on our bicycles. Our date of departure is set for July 2003.
Our guiding light will be that of meeting and discovery. We dream of parting towards an adventure…of discovering new cultures, new landscapes, of reaching new horizons. We wish to see life from a new perspective…in short, to leave behind, if only for a short while, the materialistic routines which haunt our occidental lives. This dream is a challenge which inspires us.
Long ago, the Greeks put together a list of the “Seven Wonders of the World,” which was determined by the physical and spiritual grandeur of the sites. Unfortunately, only the Great Pyramid has survived the passage of time. We feel that it is the responsibility of all of us to preserve what has been passed down to us by earlier generations because, across our planet, there are untold other “wonders of the world” which are today, more than ever, in threat of disappearing.
We have found ourselves drawn towards the grand masterpieces of nature and towards the “chef d’oeuvres” of mankind that our ancestors erected with patience and forebearing many centuries ago. We would like to discover for ourselves the beauty and inspiration of a group of natural and/or cultural sites of exceptional value that have been classified as “World Heritage” sites by the UNESCO (United Nations Educational, Scientific, and Cultural Organization).
The delta of the Danube, the historic center of Istanbul, the Taj Mahal, the city of Angkor in Cambodia, the Grand Canyon…these are but a few of the magical places that will constitute the thread of our voyage.
This site present you the objectives of our world tour, its team, its itinerary, and its budget. One part is dedicated to our educational program, whose primary, though not unique, objective is to further the goals of the UNESCO program entitled “World Heritage in young hands.” In addition, we describe the means by which we will share our voyage with the media and others.