Jeanne Mills Tours Chronicles
Here is a sampling of where we have traveled since 1995 and what we've seen.
September 2016 - Fun in Ireland
Highlights - In the Republic of Ireland - Dublin: Saint Patrick's Cathedral, Book of Kells, Dublin Castle, Avoca Handweavers Centre, Ros Tapestry, Rock of Cashel, Killarney National Park, Ring of Kerry. And in Belfast: Titanic Belfast Museum, Irish Linen Centre, Giant's Causeway, Mount Stewart House.
September 2014 - Lyon, Alsace, Patchwork Europe and Paris
Highlights - In Lyon: silk weaving workshops, "Old Lyon", Traboules, Musée des Tissus, village of Pérouges; in Alsace: Beauvillé table linen outlet, Ribeauvillé, Riquewihr, DMC thread factory tour and DMC archives, 2014 Patchwork Europa; in Paris: walking tours of the Left Bank, the Marais and the Opera Garnier.
September 2013 - Nice and the Riviera, Provence and ParisNimes and Paris
Highlights - Chagall Museum in Nice, Picasso Museum in Antibes, Cocteau Museum in Menton, San Remo, Italy, Valberg, Saint-Remy-de-Provence, Les Baux, Les Olivades, Carrieres des Lumieres, Nimes, Maison du Boutis, Giverny, Marmottan Museum and Chocolate Tour in Paris.
September 2012 - Alsace, Patchwork-Europa Quilt Show, Beaune, Paris
Highlights - Strasbourg, Colmar, Alsatian wine villages of Ribeauvillé and Riquewihr, Patchwork-Europa Quilt Show, Freiberg and the Black Forest, Beaune, Versailles and free time in Paris.
May 2011 - Perigord, Pyrenees, Paris
Highlights - Sarlat, Dordogne River boat ride, castles of Castelnaud and Les Milandes, Marqueyssac Gardens, Lascaux II and Rouffignac caves, Rocamadour, Saint-Emilion, Saint-Jean-de-Luz, la Rhune train ride, Basque villages, Guggenheim Museum, Bilbao and San Sebastian, Spain, Quilt-en-Sud quilt exposition, Chartres Cathedral and free time in Paris.
May 2010 - Paris, Brittany and Normandy
Highlights - Yves Saint Laurent retrospective, Rodin Museum, guided walks: chocolate shops, covered arcades, Art Nouveau & Art Deco architecture, markets, the Marais; Reims, its Cathedral and Taittinger Cellars; Saint Malo in Brittany, Mont Saint Michel, Bayeux Tapestry, Caen Memorial Peace Museum, Normandy Cemeteries and Landing Beaches.
November 2009 - Kyoto, Yokohama Quilt Show and Tokyo
Highlights - In Kyoto, the Nishijin Textile Center, Kyoto Museum of Traditional Crafts, Nara, the Kinkakuju Temple, Orinasukan Museum, Aizen-Kobo Indigo Shop, Nijo Castle, the Kyoto Shibori Museum, Kodai Yuzen-en Gallery, Kiyomizudera Temple and Kawai Kanjiro Pottery Museum; in Takayama - the morning market, Float Museum and a marvelous sashiko store; in Tokyo - the Edo-Tokyo Museum, Asakusa area, Itchiko Kubota Museum, Yokohama Quilt Show, Matsugami Dyeing Factory and Akie Ginza Sashiko Museum, plus we were hosted for a lunch in the garden by quilt teacher Miwako Kimura and her students.
May 2009 - The French Rivera, Provence and Paris
Highlights - City tour of Nice, Matisse Museum, Picasso Museum in Antibes, Biot and Vallauris, the beautiful gardens at the Villa Ephrussi Rothschild, Villefranche and our young guide Sandi (proud mother of a new baby), a day in Monaco with Morgane, Eze Village, the Matisse Chapel, Saint Paul-de-Vence, Avignon, the Roman remains at Glanum, the Picasso sound and light exhibit at the Cathedral des Images, Les Baux, the Souleiado museum, the Les Olivades Factory, Isle sur la Sorgues, Arles, and in Paris, a photo tour with Meredith Mullins, the Museums Nissim de Camondo and Carnavalet, and lots of walking and photo taking.
May 2008 - Paris and the Loire Valley, the "Chateaux Country"
Highlights - Guided visits of the Orsay, Louvre and Orangerie Museums by our favorite Paris guide, Marie-Madeleine, the Foundation Yves Saint Laurent, the Sainte-Chapelle, Montmartre and the fabric district in Paris; Monet's home and garden and the Museum of American Art in Giverny; the George le Manach Silk Weaving Factory in Tours and the castles and gardens of Chambord, Chenonceau, Villandry and Langeais.
May 2007 - The French Rivera, Provence and Paris
Highlights - Villas Kerylos and Ephrussi de Rothschild, Villefranche and our young guide Sandi, city tour of Nice and day in Monaco with Morgane, Renoir's home and studio, driver Jean-Luc in Provence, fields of poppies, aperitifs at Susan and Hervé's home, Souleiado museum, Arles, Yves Saint Laurent Foundation and visit of their archives, guide Marie-Madeleine at the Louvre and Versailles.
June 2006 - Strasbourg, Quilt Expo X in Lyon and Paris
Highlights - City walking tours in Strasbourg and Colmar, Museum of Printed Textiles and Wallpaper Museum in Mulhouse; Textile Museum with its fantastic Leonard Exhibit, Soierie Vivante (small weaving workshops), Quilt Expo X and the Magic Patch Quilt Expo in Lyon and outside of Lyon, the Hat Museum; Marie-Madeleine, our guide for the Orsay Museum and World Cup Match excitement in Paris.
May 2005 - Provence and Paris
Highlights - Monet's home and garden in Giverny, Picasso and Louvre Museums in Paris; Souleiado Museum, Maison de Boutis and Les Olivades guided visits, fabric dyeing demos with Susan Seagram, meeting French quilters, al fresco dinners in two Provençal gardens, and Jean-Luc, our terrific driver in Provence. To see more photos from 2005, click here.
April/May 2004 - Quilt Expo IX in The Hague, London and Bath
Highlights - Rijksmuseum and Queen's Day in Amsterdam, Quilt Expo IX in The Hague. Victoria & Albert and London City Museums, William Morris Gallery, Globe Theater, Kensington and Hampton Court Palaces, American Museum and Roman Baths in Bath, Oxford and the Cotswolds in England.
May 2003 - The French Riviera, Lyon and Paris
Highlights - Matisse, Picasso and Maeght Museums, Greek Villa Kerylos, Matisse Chapel, Monaco and Monte Carlo on the Riviera. Museum of Textiles and small silk workshops in Lyon. The Louvre, Jacquemart-André and Marmottan Museums in Paris.
April 2002 - Barcelona and Paris
Highlights - In Barcelona, Quilt Expo VIII. Visits and tours of the city including the architecture of Antoni Gaudi, the Picasso, and Costume and Textile Museums, a guided visit of an early 20th century woolen mill in Tessarra, and a day trip to Montserrat, a monastery perched high atop a mountain. In Paris, the Cluny Museum with its Lady and the Unicorn Tapestries, Orsay Museum, Notre Dame Cathedral, La Ste-Chapelle, the Conciergerie, The Opera House, Le Rouvray Quilt Shop, Montmartre and the fabric district of Paris.
November 2001 - Kyoto, Tokyo and the Yokohama Quilt Show
Highlights - Edo-Tokyo Museum (history of Tokyo), Indigo scarf dyeing workshop at Aizen Kobo in Kyoto, Yokohama Quilt Show, a walk in the Mitake River Valley with its trees dressed in fall colors, a visit including show and tell and a workshop with Japanese quilter Yukko Hirasawa and three of her students, shopping at a shrine sale, at the quilt show and in Tokyo fabric shops, and bravely eating, with chopsticks, everything brought to the table.
May 2001 - Nice, Avignon and Paris
Highlights - Renoir's home in Cagnes-sur-Mer, Picasso Museum in Antibes, Monaco and Monte Carlo, Matisse Chapel, and visit and lunch with French quilt club in Rocquebrun on the Riviera; Pont du Gard, Paul Cézanne's studio in Aix-en-Provence, Les Olivades factory tour and Souleiado Museum visits, cooking class in Provence; the Louvre, fabric district Marché Saint-Pierre, Ste-Chapelle in Paris; and Monet's home and garden in Giverny.
April 2000 - Strasbourg and Alsace, Paris, Brittany and Normandy
Highlights - Quilt Expo VII in Strasbourg, Museum of Printed Textiles in Mulhouse; Cluny, Orsay, Rodin and Jacquemart-André Museums in Paris; Chartres; Mont-Saint-Michel and Quimper in Brittany; Saint-Malo, the Bayeux Tapestry, the Peace Museum in Caen and American Cemetery in Normandy.
December 1999 - January 2000 - Millennium trip with members of Jeanne's small quilt group, their family members and friends - Paris and the French Riviera
Highlights - Paris on New Year's Eve, 1999, gourmet 10-course New Year's Eve dinner, spectacular fireworks from the Eiffel Tower, joining the crowded streets at midnight; the Ephrussi de Rothschild Villa, the Villa Kerylos, the Maeght Museum and hill towns behind the coastal villages of the Côte d'Azur.
April 1999 - The Loire valley, Provence and Paris
Highlights - Chambord, Chenonceau and Ussé châteaux visits in the Loire Valley; visits of Arles, Aix-en-Provence and Isle-sur-la-Sorgue in Provence; the fabric district, Marché Saint-Pierre, and the Opera House in Paris.
May 1998 - Paris, Alsace in eastern France, Switzerland, Quilt Expo VI and Munich
Highlights - Guided visit in Strasbourg, Beauvillé factory outlet, visit of the DMC factory in Mulhouse, France; Textile and Lace Museum in St. Gallen, Switzerland; Quilt Expo VI in Innsbruck, a day in Salzburg, Austria; and in Munich, Germany.
April 1997 - Paris and Provence
Highlights - Visits to the castles of Fontainebleau and Vaux-le-Vicomte, south of Paris; Monet's home and garden and the American Museum of Impressionism in Giverny; the fabric printing factory of Les Olivades, the Souleiado Provencal Museum, Les Baux and perched villages in Provence.
May 1996 - Loire Valley, Lyon and Paris
Highlights - Quilt Expo V in Lyon and additional international quilt exhibits related to Quilt Expo, meeting with French quilters in the city of Tours, Villandry's Renaissance gardens, the Château of Langeais and the triple walled medieval town of Loches in the Loire Valley; visit to the Museum of the Toile de Jouy near Versailles.
May 1995 - Paris and the Loire Valley
Highlights - Visit of the Manufacture des Trois Tours, a factory where silk fabric continues to be hand woven on restored antique looms, meeting with French quilters, visiting châteaux of the Loire Valley; Monet's home and garden in Giverny; the Louvre and Cluny Museums in Paris.