What People Say

"I appreciate all your help. Thank you so much. I couldn't imagine doing France without you."

    Carolyn Robinson, Maryland

"You could not see France from a better vantage point than with Sandy by your side."

    Jerry Wechsler, NYC

“Thank you so very, very much for a wonderful time in France!! You paid such attention to details and to our interests that every day sparkled with unique events and sights! What a great trip! I loved all that you did to make our visit so special!”

    Nancy Johnson, Snohomish, Washington

“Sandy has an intimate relationship with France which allows you to experience the country as a native.”

    Leslie Blum, Yorktown, Virginia

“An exceptional experience, only possible with Sandy as your guide.”

    Carol Smith, Ann Arbor, Michigan

“Loved our trip and appreciate so much what you did to make it so very special.”

    Sandy Nielson, Scottsdale, Arizona

“One of the highlights of our recent trip to Paris was the day we spent in Montmartre. We took the Metro from our hotel and met our guide, Sandy Schopbach, at the designated stop. She turned out to be all we could have hoped for in a guide -- knowledgeable, warm and friendly, considerate and enthusiastic. The steep hills seemed like nothing considering the views of Paris they afforded us. We loved Montmartre with its wildness, untamed gardens, and artists both practicing and well-remembered. Sandy filled us in on the history of the area and the roles played by the churches, particularly St. Pierre and Sacre-Coeur. The tour ended with lunch at a restaurant Sandy knew well where we enjoyed delicious scallops and profiteroles au chocolat. No one should go to Paris without seeing Montmartre; the lucky ones will see it with Sandy.”

    Chuck and Mary Jane Elkins, Fort Collins, Colorado

"Going through Montmartre with Sandy Schopbach was more like strolling with a friend, a very knowledgable friend at that, than running along as part of a packaged tour. Sandy is a true Parisian who knows and loves her city, especially her village of Montmartre and all its out-of-the-way treasures, the churches, the views and the artists' hangouts as well as the best places to sip coffee and soak up the atmosphere."

    Marty Egan, Boston

"Sandy Schopbach created a unique itinerary for us that was based on our group's varied interests. We received an excellent itinerary that provided us with a high-quality tour of Paris and the surrounding area. She guided us to lovely, low-cost hotels, gave us detailed maps to keep us on track, as well as written commentary regarding the sites. We had a delightful experience and highly recommend her services."

    Becky Czarnik, San Diego

"It was a pleasure to have you as our brains in France. You were everything that you promised, producer and director of a very enjoyable tour de France. You made all things possible. Without your expert guidance we would have always been trying to figure out what to do and see. We would have struggled or botched just about everything had you not been there to "talk French". I can just imagine all the consternation and uncertainty associated with not being sure of what we were doing due to lack of the French language and experience. The five of us would have been busy just choosing up sides. Wow ! I shudder at the thought. Thank you for a very enjoyable trip.”

    Mark Cady, Ann Arbor, Michigan

"Merci Merci Merci Merci Beacoup for a never-to-be forgotten experience. Your patience and willingness, and your fortitude in dealing with five quite different temperaments deserves the Legion d' Honneur - or at least a Girl Scout merit badge!"

    Lee Cady, Ann Arbor

"On a more personal note, you turned out to be everything you claimed to be. You are a good guide and interpreter, a helluva driver and certainly as patient as you needed to be with our varied characters and tastes. No bull! So in closing, thanks a million Sandy."

    Bill & Joyce Smith, Windsor, Ontario, Canada

"Holy moley! You've outdone yourself again! We love this country. La Ferme was just what we were looking for."

    Margie Smith, Grosse Pointe

"I was totally fascinated by your extreme patience with people saying, "Sandy, I have a question", or "Sandy, what does this mean?". It is wonderful to have a great resource right at hand when there are five curious people in new places. ... It was such a treat to have all the planning taken care of, not to mention the driving and translating. Thanks. . . we will certainly highly recommend you at every opportunity."

    Marcia & Craig Hoogstra, Washington, D.C.

"Again a huge THANK YOU for all your help and companionship during our recent sojourn to Paris and environs. Your guidance on things to see as well as your tips on shortcuts to do them was invaluable. We missed having your expertise (and driving skill) in England!"

    Judy Mathews, Grosse Pointe

"... you absolutely changed the whole tone of our visit to Paris."

    Marilyn Rosen, New York City

"Yes, the tour was fabulous ... an experience of a lifetime! Wow!"

    Judy Nelson, Berkeley, California

"I appreciated your help in learning about Paris. The whole visit would have been much less focused without your introduction. I still have your essay on Chartres which we found more interesting than the books at Chartres."

    Stephen Goldstein, Boston

"We had a great time on our vacation thanks to you! We never would have seen so much in so short a time. In fact, we wouldn't even have found half the places you showed us!"

    Karen & Jim Van Vlerah, Angola, Indiana

"...our wonderful travel advisor, Sandy Schopbach, an expert at planning small individualized tours of France ... All your suggestions were excellent! We enjoyed all our meals together and learned so much more."

    Jan & Clare Everhart, Cleveland

"Thank you for being such a wonderful guide and delightful person on this trip. We just couldn't have done it without you."

    Barb & Bill Duncan, Grosse Pointe, Michigan

"Your stories about their history and the details you pointed out really brought the castles to life for us."

    Ron & Pam Edwards, Hawaii

"After wandering Montmartre and the Left Bank with Sandy, I was duly impressed with her knowledge of this city and its "little secrets". Any one traveling to France would profit greatly from Sandy's experience as a ‘guide de France’."

    Ed Franco, Grosse Pointe

"Thank you for wonderful memories in France for our family trip. We had such a wonderful time in Paris thanks to your planning... Your instructions made it very easy to find our way around the city... And the hotel you picked for us was so very special: clean and friendly. You found everything we were looking for.”

    Nobuko Akitomo, Japan

"It goes without saying, but I must anyway, that we are so grateful for all your help in France. It was a great trip, but it was made so much better by/through all you did for us. We don't all agree on a specific favorite thing, but all of our favorite days included time with you."

    Eileen Behmer, Ann Arbor

"Thanks again (and again) for making the visit such a delightful experience.”

    Gene Calafato, La Jolla, California

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