Bonjour! Hi there! We want to design your unforgettable French getaway! But first, what does Avec un Oeuf even mean? Let’s start with the pronunciation. The French language is good at putting lots of letters together that don’t seem to make much sense, only to find out they all combine to make one easy syllable, like the word oeuf: “uff”. “Ah-vek un-uff”.
Literally, en Français this translates to “with an egg”, as in, when you go to an awesome restaurant and order your meal, and the server asks “would you like to add an egg on top of your pizza?” or in France “voudriez-vous le pizza avec un oeuf?” The answer is always OUI. We found in our travels to France that every food is better with an egg on top. You know what else is better with an egg on top? Life! La vie! Our belief is that French culture and la vie Française (French way of life) is like the proverbial egg on top of your meal--the perfect complement to your life!
We love France. We want you to experience France. And we are going to make that really easy and personalized for your life, because nobody should spend a week of their precious down-time simply to research their vacation. Did you know it takes an average of 40 hours to plan an international getaway? It's even more challenging when you don't know the local language or culture. That's where we come in! With different levels of services and itineraries offered, we will personally get to know you, how you like to travel and what experiences exist in your dream getaway to France. We use our French travel expertise and relationships we’ve built through the years to design and bring to life your best France getaway yet, from takeoff to landing, and every baguette in between.
One of the things we, Chelsea and Jesse, AuO Co-Founders, connected on when we first met was that we both spoke French and had both lived in French speaking places, building the foundation for our joint love of la vie Française. Living in Houston, Texas we did not much get the chance to speak French, so we started taking annual trips to France. Eventually friends and family began regularly asking us to consult them on their vacations to France, envious of the new and unique places we were visiting in this diverse country.
We decided that we needed to start this as a business and do what we enjoy most - share French culture through designing unforgettable, hyper-curated getaways to France. Not 24 hours after we made this decision privately, an old friend sent us an unsolicited text: “We are planning a trip to France in May. Please give us your recommendations and we will look no further.” This solidified it for us. The stars had aligned and we knew this was the right decision. And so, Avec un Oeuf came about.