Greetings from the Loire Valley in France

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Greetings from the Loire Valley. I’m here for a week teaching a course at one of the local business schools in the region. I have an 8-year history previously teaching before in another French city (Bordeaux) and as much as I enjoyed that experience, the hospitality in the Loire Valley is even kinder. Last night I walked into town to view the castle, the church and then ate at one of the restaurants. The food and warmth were palpable. This morning, I walked around the corner to the boulangerie for breakfast. I couldn’t help but feeling I was in the middle of the scene Belle described in her opening song from Beauty and the Beast. [Go 45 seconds into this video and then watch it for 90 seconds, please]. While Belle was ridiculing the village as being too provincial, for me, it’s just a fantastic, realistic commentary on the warmth of what will be my “village” for the week. This local isn’t even a village, as much as it’s a small town / city, but the conclusion is still the same. Literally, people were traversing in-and-out of the store politely saying “bonjour” and going about their morning business. I’m so incredibly lucky to be here…

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Gregory Stoller

Greg Stoller is actively involved in building entrepreneurship and international business programs at Boston University in the Questrom School of Business. He teaches courses in entrepreneurship, global strategy and management and runs the Asian International Management Experience Program, and the Asian International Consulting Project.

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