Travel with us to Provence!

Culinary travel to Provence

Cooking together and enjoying the southern French specialties in a charming country house near Roussillon

Provence - colorful land of light

It is not for nothing that many artists, such as Cézanne, VanGogh, Picasso or Chagall, have been inspired by this landscape: no other region offers such a diverse color and light play in a magnificent, varied landscape.

Lavender blossom, pine-trees, the famous "Herbes de Provence" ... also all other senses are pampered by manifold impressions. And, last but not least, you will experience Provence culinary: characterful wines, freshly prepared lamb, aromatic tomatoes, aubergines and artichokes as well as a rich selection of fresh fruits. Provencal cuisine is characterized by its freshness and lightness.
Famous are also the sweet treats of the region: Nougat de Montélimar, Fruits Confit and Calisson.

You will stay in the charming country house "Mas de Bricolets", near Roussillon, one of the most beautiful villages in the South of France.


Dating back to the 18th century, the villa was completely renovated in 1996 and transformed into a tasteful home. Set amidst a large garden with swimming pool, you can enjoy a fantastic view of the Luberon mountain chain and the villages of Bonnieux, Lacoste and Saignon. All of the 7 bedrooms are individually furnished and have a private bathroom with shower and WC.
The cooking classes take place either in the spacious kitchen in the main house or, in fine weather, in a summer kitchen by the pool, where you can enjoy the jointly prepared menu on the terrace with a glass of Provencal wine.

Here are some impressions of our cooking trip Luberon 2012

Gallery Cooking trip Luberon

Itinerary

Arrival

After your arrival you can enjoy your welcome drink on the terrace with a fantastic view. Or simply relax by the swimming pool. For the first time, our chef will look over the chef for the first time and experience the culinary delights of Provence.

Attractions

Day of the senses

Roussillon - A little town on a hilltop, quite in the same place for the earth in red and yellow ocher colors. Stroll through the picturesque streets and take in the atmosphere, which has also inspired many painters.
In the quarries of the area the coveted colors were broken and even today the ocher pigments can still be purchased.

The fragrance of the lavender is omnipresent in Provence and in the afternoon you will learn everything you need to know about it: varieties, cultivation, fragrance production and much more at the Musée de la Lavande, the lavender museum in Coustellet.

Afterwards we visit a typical winery and taste the typical South-French wines. These will then back in the country house excellently accompany the jointly cooked menu.

Picturesque views

Visit Gordes, one of the most beautiful villages in the South of France. Picturesque on a rocky outcrop, it offers a charming, lovingly restored architecture with historic houses, winding alleys and fantastic views of the Provencal countryside and the mountain range of the Luberon. On the local market, our chef will show you what to look for when shopping and how to recognize first-class products. Let the colorful hustle and bustle, the colors, fragrances and aromas come to you.

Not far from there, the Village des Bories invites you to visit. The 13th-century village is  built entirely without the use of mortar, opens up interesting and picturesque insights into the history of Southern France.

In the evening, the cooking apron is then wrapped up and a Provencal menu is prepared from the products bought in the morning.


Lavender and olive oil

For a cooking trip to France, of course, a bread baking course must not be missing. We visit a typical French country bakery and learn from the baker the secrets of the crispy baguettes and the heavenly light croissants.

"Lavender is the soul of Provence" enthused Jean Giono, the famous poet of Provence and son of the town of Manosque, which is our destination for today. Past the seemingly endless lavender fields, the journey goes to the perfume maker L'Occitane.
A one-hour guided tour will allow you to discover the individual manufacturing steps of the care products. The museum takes you to the historical traces of perfume making.

Your journey of the senses ends with the visit of an olive oil mill. The olives are processed here in traditional craftsmanship. The love for the product is passed on here from generation to generation. Become an expert in taste and immerse yourself in the flavors of the olive oil typical of this region and the many other products made from olives, e.g. Tapenades, soaps etc.

In the evening, you will learn how lavender dishes can give a special touch. A small pinch of genuine lavender in the vinaigrette or in the dessert - voilà, so taste the Provence!

Pure culture – Sur le pont d’Avignon, on y danse tout en rond…

The old folk song has made the name of Avignon world famous.
The town reached its political and cultural heyday in the 14th century, when the Popes resided in Avignon. The old town is dominated by the massive, austere structure of the papal palace, which is crowded by the numerous churches. Also a visit to the gardens of the cathedral is absolutely recommendable.

Today, Avignon is a fascinating, vibrant city of art and culture. Avignon is cosmopolitan and invites you to get to know the Provencal way of life. Discover the varied Avignon - quiet corners and lively market places, elegant shops and old fashion epicures, restaurants, bistros and cafes. Enjoy the colorful hustle and bustle of musicians and magicians at Place de l'Horloge. Perhaps you will also find one of the numerous street traders.

In the evening, we combine the variety of Provencal flavors in a fine meal.

Shopping in Aix-en-Provence

Aix en Provence is a city in which one can live and stroll amidst the charms of Provence, a city of art, culture and culture.

A visit to Aix is ​​unthinkable without a stroll over the Cours Mirabeau, the historic promenade, which is still one of the most popular spots in the city. Lined with plane trees, fountains, cafes and elegant city palaces from the 17th and 18th century, you can immerse yourself in the atmosphere here. Just stroll through the numerous alleys, let yourself be enchanted by the elegance of the noble palaces and enjoy the beauty of architecture and architecture
Sights worthy of a glorious past.

If you want to know the secrets of the production of fine soaps, you can take a trip to Salon-de-Provence in the traditional soap factory Marius Fabre, which was founded in 1900. High-quality vegetable, olive, coconut and palm trees are used to produce extraordinary soaps and cosmetics without the use of synthetic colorants and aromas.

In the evening you can discover the culinary highlights of Aix-en-Provence.

Flair of Provence

Typical southern French flair is experienced in Bonnieux and Apt.
The small village of Bonnieux invites you with its market, small boutiques and restaurants and picturesque alleyways.

Apt is known for its fine pottery and hand-made candied fruits. At the beginning of the 19th century, 13 factories and 200 skilled craftsmen exported their pottery and pottery to Europe. Today, young artists find their inspiration in the tradition.
 

The exact time sequence of the excursions depends on local and variable dates (markets, opening hours, etc.) and is not fixed until the date of departure.

Services included

  • 5 nights in a double room in the charming Chateau Pont Saint Esprit
  • 4 x Cooking seminar incl. all ingredients and drinks
  • All excursions according to program (excl. admission fees)

Individual arrival.

Group size: 8-10 persons
Price: 1.500,- € per person in double room
Date: 1. - 6. October 2017


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