Bonjour tout le monde! We are Chelsea and Jesse and we want nothing more than to help make your dream French getaway happen!

Since we first met in 2009 we have lived in numerous cities in the U.S. and ultimately found our way to Houston, Texas, which we now consider home y’all!  New Englanders at heart, we were both raised in Boston where we met. One of the very first things we connected on was that we both spoke French, and had both lived in French-speaking places. Jesse spent five years in Montreal while attending college at McGill University, and Chelsea had minored in French Language at THE Ohio State University and studied abroad at L'Université de Bourgogne in Dijon, France for a semester.

With an undergraduate degree in Materials Engineering, dual Engineering/MBA Masters from Rice University, and Lean Six Sigma black belt certification, Jesse is the quintessential left brain in our relationship. He works quite happily in the energy technology industry during the day. In his spare time, Jesse dove head first into the wine world pursuing wine certifications with the same type-A gusto. Since achieving the French Wine Scholar and Wine & Spirit Educator Trust Level III, Jesse teaches French wine classes as a side hustle, and reads nonstop about French food and wine since the history and quality are second to none. 

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Chelsea is the right brain. She studied Public Relations and French Language, working in the fashion and apparel industry. However, she always had a pull to France and always knew she wanted to start her own business, so she too achieved her MBA from University of Houston (fun fact: Chelsea was accepted to an MBA program in Paris! With a wedding in Houston to plan, it just wasn’t good timing). We’ve always crafted such unique and unforgettable getaways wherever we go. We know it is due to the perfectly complementary skills we possess that we leverage when we work together to plan our journeys, as well as the personalized journeys we design for others.

We have nothing but thumbs up and superlatives for Avec un Oeuf. None of us really had done our homework - and having Chelsea’s guidance saved us. We didn’t lose a day trying to figure out where to go. We stayed in the countryside which doesn’t allow you to just walk out the door and find a good meal at every turn, but at the end of the day we didn’t have to figure out where to find a good restaurant thanks to Chelsea!”
— Sarah P.

Another interest we connected on right away when we met was a joint love of #travel. We both were (and still are) of the opinion that travel is as important to a person’s education and character growth as the courses we take in school. That has been proven so unequivocally true in our own lives numerous times. We have constantly growing and evolving short-lists of places in the world we want to see, but both agree that if the opportunity presented itself, we would pretty much go anywhere. And man have we gone!  Together we have seen the glowing, mirage-like beauty of the Taj Mahal, the mountains in the sky of Machu Picchu, lost-our breath climbing the Great Wall of China, explored the favelas of Rio, watched the sun rise over both Angkor Wat in Cambodia and Ahu Tongariki on Easter Island, and the list truly does go on! These experiences were stunning, life-changing, brought us closer, made our souls richer, and we truly recommend you go to all of these places.

But each and every year our hearts yearn for France. And each year, we give in to the pull. You know when you love something so much and you want everyone to love it like you do? That’s how we feel about France. France is a country roughly the size of Texas with truly something to offer everyone. 

There are few places, dare we say none, that offer the diversity of history, activities and culture as France. We want to create that life-changing getaway, just for you, so that you will love la vie Francaise as we do.

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