When Dana Norvell decided to go on the Provence Biking Adventure, it wasn’t just a chance to bike through the beautiful lavender fields or to indulge in the delicious French cuisine. It was a chance to journey through her own personal family history.
“Traveling to France was always on my list of places to visit because of my grandmother’s history there. She lived in Villacoublay which is just outside of Paris. My grandfather was stationed there during the war.”
Not only did Dana get to explore the country where her grandmother was born, but because she was able to bike along the beautiful French countryside, she, in a way, was able to experience the manner in which her grandparents had met. As Dana describes it, “My grandmother met my grandfather when her bike broke down. My grandfather happened upon her and helped her fix it.” And as they say, the rest is history…
As Dana’s story represents, getting to explore a piece of your own family history can make even the most memorable trip that much more special.