Embrace the magic of the French countryside on convivial market adventures in the heart of Gascony, the Pays Basque and Provence, offered from early spring to late fall.
Since the love of good food is at the heart of French life, there is no better way to step into the rhythm of a country day than through the marketplace, where locals gather to shop and share stories. We’ll see dazzling displays of seasonal produce, sample herb-soaked olives, handmade sausages and delicate, apricot-filled beignets. We’ll taste local wines, savor artisan cheeses and discover tantalizing regional delicacies together.
Each day of the week we’ll visit a different market. We’ll wander and take photographs, and enjoy coffee and croissants in quaint cafés while watching the world go by. We’ll have lunch at charming village restaurants under the shade of centuries-old plane trees, and in the evening we’ll sip aperitifs together under a starlit sky. Sometimes we’ll go to night markets, other times to antique or pottery markets. We’ll join in festivals and visit artists’ studios, wineries and museums, and we may even enjoy a cooking class or learn the ancient art of woad dyeing, the natural blue pigment used by the Celts. We will honor the serendipity of interesting experiences along the way and respect everyone’s individual pace and need for personal time.
Over the past nine years I’ve learned that whether we travel across the world or walk from one side of the street to the other, we all seek refreshment and connection. My slow travel philosophy is simple: when you take the time to experience the local history, culture and cuisine of a country, you discover more than just the sights – you discover that travel can be enriching and transformative in subtle and unimagined ways. It will be my pleasure to share with you the hidden wonders of southern France that continue to inspire me.
Bienvenue à la campagne