Crestview, one of the cities that has a very active Sister City Program, coordinates visits between our fair town and Noirmoutier, France. The Crestview Area Sister City program will be making a trip to Noirmoutier from September 7 through September 19,

The Crestview Area Sister City program will be making a trip to Noirmoutier from Sept. 7-19, 2017, and staying with host families and experiencing French culture first-hand. You can take part in this trip to France; you will be immersed in the history, culture and cuisine of Noirmoutier. This is a wonderful way to get to know people from another country and make new friends. 

Requirements for this trip are that you purchase a roundtrip airline ticket to France, and meet at the Nantes train station on Sept. 7 for the Crestview Sister City group to be transported to the island. Roundtrip airfare to Paris is about $1,350 right now, and then there is the cost to take the train to Nantes and perhaps a few days in a hotel before or after your visit to Noirmoutier, depending

Roundtrip airfare to Paris is about $1,350 right now, and then there is the cost to take the train to Nantes and perhaps a few days in a hotel before or after your visit to Noirmoutier, depending upon your schedule and preference. The train fare is about $45 per person each way from Paris to Nantes. Also required is the yearly membership in the Sister City Program, which is $20 for an individual and $30 for a family.

The travel group will meet 4 p.m. in Nantes, France on Thursday, Sept. 7, and will be transported by their host families to Noirmoutier, about an hour away. Once in Noirmoutier, you will not stay in a hotel but will be the guest of a French family who will provide meals and housing. During this visit, you will get to know the French people and their wonderful town.

This is an opportunity that a travel agent couldn't provide.

There are other side trips available should you and your group be interested. If this sounds like the trip of a lifetime, contact Sister City President Brian Hughes for more information at 603-2584 or brian_abroad@yahoo.com. I thoroughly enjoyed spending time and getting to know the lovely people who came to Crestview last year; they are warm, caring and friendly, and will make nice hosts.

Take lots of pictures to share with us.

Janice Lynn Crose, a former accountant, lives in Crestview with her husband, Jim; her two rescue collies, Shane and Jasmine; and two cats, Kathryn and Prince Valiant.