Joie de Vivre
Joie de Vivre

Experience Provence - June 2014

Posted by Amanda March 01, 2014 in Events

A Small Group Holiday Adventure Tour for 7-9 People.
When: Friday 6th June to Saturday the 14th of June 8 nights / 8 days.

Spend eight fabulous days based in restored 18th century villas, nestled in a typical Provencal hillside village, enjoying all day sun within a walled garden covered with vines, outdoor terraces and swimming pool. Be treated to the regional sightseeing highlights and gourmet delights, while enjoying a range of evening entertainment.

Day 1: Friday 6th June

Picked up in Mini Van from Avignon TGV station at 2 pm and transported to “Maison de Maitresse”, Saint Maximin (about ½ an hours drive).

Welcome drink of “Kir Royale” go to rooms and unpack, relax, shower etc. Back to top terrace to meet the staff and hear a bit about the weeks programme, then a cocktail “Beaujolais Soup”( recipe in the book !!). Dinner cooking demonstration with Judy and local wines choice of Red, White or Rose.

Music on the terrace by Michel Elliard (a very accomplished guitarist and singer originally from Belgium).

Day 2: Saturday 7th June

Breakfast at the house. A selection of fruit, yoghurts,croissants and baguettes, confiture, tea and coffee.

Uzes Market Tour with Judy and Amanda and select our produce for lunch at the house. Oysters and Pic Poul de Pinet (famous white wine that goes splendidly with Oysters). We eat those at the market.

Lunch at home demonstration and recipes for 2 tapenades (one with black olives and one with green olives.) Accompanied by lovash biscuits (delightful with tapenade, cheese ,dips etc and easy to make). Followed by a light salad with Goats Cheese on croutons done under the grill.

Afternoon relax by pool or wander around the village for photo opportunity. Dinner at the House for a Party Night with our famous Gypsy Band“Compas” (Guitarists and Singers). Three virtuoso musicians, two of whom are directly related to the Famous Gypsy Guitarist “Manitos de Plata.” Locals invited to join us for wine and cheese and listen to the music. Put your dancing shoes on.

Day 3: Sunday 8th June

Breakfast as previous day.Trip to local Flea Market (can find some real treasures which you have to search out!!) Surprise lunch with Phillip Cross and wine tasting with a local wine maker Christophe from Blauzac. Light dinner at home.

Day 4: Monday 9th June

Breakfast as usual. Trip out all day to “ Les Baux de Provence” et” La Carriere de Lumieres.”

Own lunch and shopping. Trip to Saint Remy de Provence on the way home.

Dinner demonstration with Judy and Amanda. Maigret de Canard on the barbecue with Judy’s famous orange sauce. Music by Michel Elliard.

Day 5: Tuesday the 10th June

Breakfast as usual. Trip to the “Pont du Gard” visit the museum display of the construction of the 2,000 year old Aqueduct now a world Heritage site. It was built by the Romans as part of a water course between the source at Uzes and Nimes (Modern day ½ an hour by car !!!).

Gourmet Picnic at the”Pont du Gard”and Photo opportunity. Swim for those that want it!! Relax at house for the afternoon.

Dinner out at the “Table de Julien 2“ the most famous restaurant for miles around.

Day 6: Wednesday 11th June

Breakfast as usual. Trip to Uzes for the small producers market and free time to shop.

Lunch at “Terroirs” in the heart of Uzes under the arches in the centre square called “Place Aux Herbes”. Shopping continues at the many lovely boutiques in Uzes. Casual dinner at the house from one of the recipes of “the Book”.

Day 7: Thursday 12th June

Breakfast as usual. Full day shopping and sightseeing at Avignon famous walled city where the Popes resided for 300 years.

Own lunch in one of the numerous restaurants or cafes.

Dinner at the house Paella surprise by Chef Michel. Bring your cameras.

Day 8: Friday 13th June

Breakfast as usual. Wine tasting then a delicious lunch at the house made by Angelique.

Relax afternoon.

Party Night at the “Bistrot du Duchy” with live music and a set menu and wine. Put on your dancing shoes.

Day 9: Saturday 14th June

This will depend on when your train leaves. If it is later in the afternoon we could visit an Antique market at “Ville Neuve des Avignon” and feast on giant prawns and oysters !!

Drive to the train and sad farewells!!!

N.B. We will try to stick to the above schedule as closely as possible, however, unforeseen circumstances may result in changes to the material advertised.

For additional details download the Experience Provence flyer.

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