MTSCA Friends & Volunteers

Tania Jones, Volunteer
Tania visited Tours in 2012, has been to Paris several times and is a self-proclaimed “citizen of the world,”  collecting passport stamps from India, various countries in Europe, and islands in the Seychelles.

Maëliss Saulnier, Inside Tours Blogger
Maëliss is 26 years old and lives in Tours, France. She was born in the South of France near Nice. As a child she moved a lot, and, as a result feels travel is vital.  Though she might one day like to live in the states, she will remain in her beloved city of Tours for now.

Beth Parkhill, Former Board Member

Having traveled to France many times over the years, Beth and her husband, Bob (also formerly on the Minneaplis-Tours board) finally took the leap a few years ago and bought a country home in a small village not far from Tours. After they bought the house, they met with our village mayor to get to know about the regulations about restoring a historic building — Bob concluded the meeting with the all too familiar ‘bon courage!’ They had no idea what they were getting themselves into, remodeling every floor, ceiling, and wall and discovering the stone walls, the centuries old beams, and the true character of the 15th and 19th century petite chateau. Working along with local artisans gave them a deeper appreciation for the people and the area. Bob and Beth have been spoiled by the seemingly endless exploration of French wine, cheese, pastries and buying directly from local farmers and wineries — not to mention the gourmet restaurants, local markets, marché aux puces (flea markets), vide greniers (town-hosted garage sales), art galleries, and more.

Tours provides them with the perfect contrast to village life, with it’s lively downtown and culture. Beth is a former board member who says joining the board helped her feel more connected, building a bridge between her two worlds — Minneapolis and France. The people that Bob and Beth met in Tours have been so open and supportive of their renewed sister-cities association that she’s looking forward to seeing what they can create together.

Robert Corrick, Former Board Member
Bob enjoys the friendships that he has made through the sister cities program and wants to promote a cultural exchange between the two cities. Bob and his wife Beth Parkhill, also formerly a member of the Minneapolis-Tours board , became interested in Minneapolis-Tours Sister Cities because they enjoy spending time in a Loire village nearby. One of Bob’s memories of Tours is the outdoor markets. There is one every morning somewhere in the city.


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