France Operations + Guide Manager

Radka Ramain

Languages spoken: Czech, English, French

Hometown: Třinec, Czech Republic

Guide since: 2013

Bike

Col de Suzette near Mt. Ventoux, or Mljet, an island off the Dalmatian Coast

Eat

My mother-in-law’s bouillabaisse (Provençal fish stew), or a truffle omelette using my own truffles

Drink

Crozes Hermitage (cave de Tain l'Hermitage), Sablet from Domaine les Gouberts, Clairette de Die, and Czech beer, of course!

Sleep

A bamboo hut in Goa, India, or in Patagonia's Llao Llao Lake District

Radka received a track and field scholarship at the age of 14 and left home to spend one year in Ft. Lauderdale, Florida. Since then, she knew that there is too much to see and explore beyond her native country, the former Czechoslovakia.

After she graduated with a Masters of English and Physical Education, she lived, worked, and traveled across the United States, finally settling down in San Francisco. She loved the vibe of the city, the food, the biking culture, and the outdoors philosophy. She saved money and backpacked through Southeast Asia, India, and Indonesia for one year. The diversity of cultures, places, different cuisines, and the pleasure of the simplicity of life led her to a desire to work in the travel industry. If you add a passion for biking, enthusiasm for discovering local culture, food, and wines, and happiness to share it all, you become a guide. She led bike tours in France, Croatia, and the Czech Republic before finding her role as a guide manager and motivator.

Now she is settled in France in a small Provençal village surrounded by olive trees, lavender fields, and great vineyards. Life can really be divine.