Wednesday, February 8, 2017

"LUX 2017 Best French Touring Company award" for France Travel Off The Beaten Path

I'm back after a pretty busy year where I didn't get a chance to post...

And I'm back to announce the award given to Off the Beaten Path, LLC France Tours from LUX magazine!!!
All details can be seen here

Our team is so glad at France Off The Beaten Path to received this accolade. We spend every season pouring our heart into offering the best Provence Experience with discovery of our magnificient villages, culinary experience, history, and, top of all, great fun in a small group!  Our tours are packed with activities and options that our guests rave about.

As I was sorting out the pictures of our last season, I thought I would share some with you. They speak more than anything else…

First some pictures of our  Off The Beaten Path Christy. 

With Chef Christian in the Loire Tour

Bordeaux Tour

Champange in style

Special visit in Chambord Castle

Lunch in a winery in a Bordeaux

Checking the cherry trees under Menerbes in the Luberon

Cooking class fun

Leçon de Chocolat with Joel Durand

Lavender field in June

Off to visit the Calanques of Cassis

Picnic in the Luberon

So! What is a Pastis !!!!

Walking in Provence

After our Chateauneuf Wine tasting with my friend Jean Claude Altmayer

Lunch in Chateauneuf winery

Saint Remy wednesday market

With my co-guide David

Saturday, June 11, 2016

Vasarely Exhibition in Gordes Summer 2016

I was waiting for it, for the reason that the castle in Gordes was closed for visit while I was touring there.
I was in Gordes for the opening on June 2nd of the new Victor Vasarely exhibition and was not disapointed.

Victor Vasarely discovered Gordes in 1948 and found in love immediatelly as we all do. He opened a "didacted museum" in the Castle of Gordes in 1970. The Museum just closed prior to his death in 1997 but the town kept a close link with the artist and are thinking about a permanent collection back in the castle.

The current exhibition last until October 2nd
Opening time 10 to 12.30 and 1.30 to 6pm
Entrance fee 7 €

Amongst the numerous pieces exhibited, you can admire 5 tapestries from Aubusson, pictures about the artists, sculptures and numerous drawings and painting.

If you don't know Vasarely, this is the perfect opportunity.
If you don't like Vasarely, just go in for the Renaissance Chimney on the grand first floor room and the beauty of one the nicest Castle in Provence 

What else to say other than "enjoy"...

The First floor room with its gigantic Renaissance chimney


Tuesday, April 5, 2016

Herbes de Provence garden in Eygalières

The Sentiers de l'Abondance opened not so far ago and had been on my "to visit list" for a while.
And I luckily found time to the opening party for the new season last Saturday.

It was a real shame that the weather was not with us but I found in love with the place.Charming people in a charming location.

I still will need to go back when weather is nicer and the garden is filled with more plants but I loved the place.

Family heritage, set in a 3 hectares (around 6 acres) old farm house, the Sentiers de l'Abondance (litterally the Abondance Path) grows all kind of herbs (Thyme, Verbena, Rosemary, Mint) and other plants such as geranium.
The visit will take you in the 8 sections (herbs, vegetables, medicinal plants, etc)
The property transform its Verbena, mint, elderberry, geranium into a great "sirop" (syrup) which you can drink in water or, even better in wine.
Mint and Verbena are also cristallised and are yummy yummy.
Products can also be found on the Friday morning market in Eygalières.
Workshops are organised all year round (making your own organic syrup, cristallised mint, your own herbal medecine....)

The property is open for visit on Wednesday and Sartuday from 2 to 5pm from March to June 21st
and then Wednesday, Saturdays and Sundays from 10am to 2pm until end of September 2016.
Private visits can easily be arranged when contacting them.

Sentiers de l'Abondance
Mas de Boeuf
13 810 Eygalières
Tél +33 6 22 36 61 83

Peaceful garden of Sentiers de l'Abondance

The "oseraie" path (bamboo)

Rosemary, Thyme & Sage in the herb garden

Probably one of the largest herb garden in Provence "La Spirale"

Verbena Syrup in the boutique

 Since it was the formal season opening, we had the chance to be granted with a light show on the property..

A garden in Provence