Day One (Monday)
Welcome to Provence
Cooking Lesson 1 & Welcome Dinner
- From 2 p.m.: Arrival in the afternoon.
Your B&B hosts for the week will greet
you and present your room. Enjoy some
rest by the swimming pool in the garden!
- 4 p.m.: Welcome party. Marie-Pierre and our Chef will share with you a Provençal welcome aperitif. Each participant will receive a folder with detailed art program and menus of the week (“Day by Day recipes, useful information, etc.). Schedule of the upcoming week, and painting and cooking class’s organization will be detailed.
- Cheese degustation: Just before every cooking lesson, you will test one of the most famous French cheeses (more than 400 in France!). “Vins du Pays” or aperitif will be served with seasonal fruits and typical countryside fresh bread. A marvellous combination for gourmet palate!
- 5 p.m.: Cooking lesson 1. Cooking lessons are definitively “hands-on”. the chef will concentrate on the techniques of the famous Provencal and Mediterranean dishes. You will find that this kind of cooking is not only easy but that we make it lot of fun.
- 8.00 p.m.: Dinner under the stars. The chef will comment every dishes and wines which go with the different recipes, from the delectable “Vins du pays” to the famous French wines such as Lirac, Gigondas, Châteaneuf-du-Pape, Tavel, Vacqyeyras, etc. A degustation of digestif will conclude your dinner under the stars of Provence.
Day Two (Tuesday)
Cooking Lesson 2 & Dinner
Painting on site 1 at Fontaine de Vaucluse. Free Visit and more. Painting Site Suggestion: Isle-sur-la-Sorgue
- Great French Breakfast on the terrace, or in the dining-room.
- Departure from B&B at 8.30a.m.
(follow Marie-Pierre with your car)
- 9 a.m. Painting on site 1 with the teacher
Fontaine-de-Vaucluse : Enjoy sketching
with your favourite medium (soft pastels,
for example) under the old plane trees of
this lovely village or along the Sorgue river.
Vallis Clausa Paper Factory :
Learn at the “Paper factory and Museum” how our ancestors mastered waterpower to make paper. Here, everything works as it did in the 14th century! Then have a nice walk along he river. “Water is Gold” wrote Marcel Pagnol in Manon of the Spring. The origin of the famous emerald green water which gush forth at the foot of a sheer cliff in Fontaine-de-Vaucluse remains a mystery! (the depths of the swallow hole is estimated at 308 meters). The poet Petrarch spent here the happiest moment of his life (1337 to 1353).
- 11.30 a.m.: Free visit to Isle-sur-la-Sorgue, a charming city where the arms of the Sorgue river, the ancient water wheels still in action and the avenue lined with plane trees add freshness and poetry. Also called the "Venise de Provence" this quiet little town is a Mecca for antique lovers and home to countless antique and second hand boutiques. Don’t miss the beautiful Provencal church Notre-Dame-des-Anges.
- Lunch on your own.
- 4.30 p.m.: Cheese degustation.
A new great cheese, with fresh fruits
and choice of crispy countryside breads
- 5 p.m.: Cooking lesson 2.
Learn new techniques and amazing
local recipes for this second menu.
- 8.00 p.m.: Dinner and fine wines
Day Three (Wednesday)
Painting on site 2 on the footpath of Van Gogh
Visit to the market of Provence
Lunch at a "Michelin" starred restaurant (Avignon)
Painting Site Suggestion: Avignon & the Banks of Rhone River
- Great breakfast on the terrace or in the breakfast room.
- 8.30 a.m.: Departure from B&B (follow Marie-Pierre with your car).
- 9 a.m.: Painting on site 2 with your teacher
Saint-Rémy-de-Provence : Walk on the path of Van Gogh and paint right on the site he has painted himself! In and around this Roman city which symbolizes beautifully the essence of Provence, Van Gogh painted his most famous art works while he was interned at Saint-Paul-de-Mausole Hospital (visit Van Gogh’s workroom and bedroom), located just near the excavated site of Glanum, a city developed under Hellenistic influence, then by the Roman under Marius and Caesar (49 BC).
- 11a.m.: Saint-Rémy-de-Provence and its Provençal market Discover this famous market where small farmers and market gardeners set up simple trestle tables, and unload boxes of fruit and vegetables harvested only hours before at the peak of ripeness. This is, indeed, the right place to buy local art craft and Provençal souvenirs. We will help you to get the best bargain!
- 12.30 p.m.: Departure to Avignon (follow us with your own car)
- Lunch at the renowned restaurant “La Vieille Fontaine”, a top class restaurant which stands the luxurious Hotel de l’Europe (****). Acclaimed by the prestigious Guide Michelin and by all respected guide-books, this restaurant offers spectacular food and a fine service according to the best tradition of French Haute Cuisine. An unforgettable experience!
- Afternoon free: Shop in Avignon, a city of art and culture which stretches in all its beauty along the banks of the Rhône river. Stroll along the streets of the ancient “City of the Popes” which is surrounded by ramparts.
Then, visit the splendid Musée Calvet and Musée Lapidaire. Discover the renowned largest medieval palace in Europe “Le Palais des Papes”. Visit also the Musée du Petit Palais, the Romanesque cathedral Notre-Dame-des-Dom, the Ramparts (fortification built in the 14C by the popes) and the amazing Pont Bezenet. Avignon is a tremendous place offering numerous opportunities for sketching Provencal life. Before dinner (on your own), have a drink at the animated Place de l’Horloge.
- Evening free
ART and GOURMET ADVENTURES in EUROPE with MARIE-PIERRE ®