Saturday, June 27, 2009
Tuesday, June 23, 2009
At the bio-dynamic Domaine Roche-Audran in Buisson (pictured above) and Domaine des Anges in Mormoiron, participants will pick grapes, practice grape sorting ("triage"), pumping down ("pigeage") and preparing and "activating" bio-dynamic preparations for the vines. But it won't be all toil and sweat, of course: picnic lunches in the vineyards will be accompanied by copious "degustations" to keep spirits up, while, in the evening, guests will relax over Provencal dinners at La Madelene, a renovated 12th c. priory.
The full itinerary can be obtained from Philip Reddaway, La Madelene's owner and a qualified WSET wine educator. For the readers of Provence Post, Philip is offering a special rate of €750, which includes four night's accommodation at La Madelene (www.bighouseinprovence.com) and all meals. For more info: firstname.lastname@example.org or call 04-90-62-19-33.
Wednesday, June 17, 2009
Call Wendy. Talk it out. She’ll quote you a price, do all the research, set everything up and, if you want, even accompany you, making your precious travel days as productive as possible. She’s like a human address book, GPS, Guide Rouge and translator rolled into one pretty package....with an honey-oozin' Southern drawl to boot.
“Some travelers are independent and just want a fabulous list of ideas, to get out and discover Paris on their own,” she says. “Others ask me to organize everything, from hotel and dinner reservations to foodie walkabouts and wine tastings.”
Last year I was in Paris for work but tacked on an extra day for fun. I had a zillion things I wanted to do but no idea how to make it all happen. Wendy helped me narrow my list, knowing exactly what was open, what was good, and how best to get there. She sent me to see a great show at the Pompidou Center and then on to the Musee d’Orsay, which I had never seen. When I told her I wanted to eat falafel for lunch and stroll around the Marais, she told me which restaurant she liked best: Chez Marianne. Then she helped me plan an amazing afternoon, with visits to the famous kitchenware shop Dehillerin and the food halls at Bon Marche, followed by a walking tour of St. Germain and dinner at a neighborhood seafood place called Fish. I’m a pretty experienced traveler but I could never have accomplished what I did—or had such a rewarding, relaxing day—without Wendy’s advice.
Monday, June 15, 2009
Friday, June 12, 2009
Caroline, an attorney in Belgium, is looking to rent rent a villa or mas in Provence, for three weeks, beginning around June 20th. She and her husband--also an attorney--will be traveling with their two-year-old daughter and Caroline’s mother. Caroline writes: “We’d like air conditioning, a pool and a garden for our daughter to run around in. I'm not particularly fussy about where in Provence, as long as it's relatively interesting and not too overrun. Indeed somewhere around St. Remy would be idyllic. We’re looking for something quiet, but perhaps near enough to a village. We’ll have a car. We are careful and quiet holidaymakers!” If you have or know of something to rent, please email: email@example.com