We will meet you at Charles de Gaulle Airport or the Avignon TGV train station where you will be greeted by Artistic Gourmet Adventures and transported by private van to your “home for the week”. We will then be treated to a welcome dinner presented by Artistic Gourmet Adventures and chef Walter and a welcome discussion by our workshop leader, Marilyn Sholin.
Monday, July 17, 2017
After Breakfast at the Villa, we will begin our week by photographing lavender with Marilyn. We will enjoy lunch at the Villa prepared by AGA and then go on to photograph Caseneuve a nearby Hilltop Town and the surrounding area with Marilyn. The village sits peacefully on a small hill surrounded by beautiful countryside. Barely a kilometre from the bustling town of Apt you can enjoy the tranquillity of Caseneuve which has lost none of its authentic charm. Caseneuve has an impressive chateau. From the outside you can still admire the sombre architecture, the ramparts, the towers and high stone walls bleached white with age. After capturing the images we will return to Villa to Relax and Refresh and enjoy a Soireé with Marilyn. Dinner is presented at the Villa by AGA and chef Walter Eagleton. (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner provided by AGA)
Tuesday, July 18, 2017
Breakfast at Villa, then we leave for Monieux. Monieux clings to the steep hillsides. In the village you will discover beautiful old houses, several of which date back to the middle ages. A 12th century look-out tower dominates Monieux and links the village to its historic past. When we arrive we will be photographing this Ancient Mountain Village with Marilyn. After a Picnic Lunch provided by AGA, we will head to the nearby town of Sault for a visit and shopping. Sault is an old fortified village perched along the top of a high ridge overlooking a wide valley, with large lavender fields spread out below to the south and west. Along with the ancient buildings lining the high ridge are the remains of a huge feudal castle. Then back to the Villa where we will Relax and Refresh and enjoy a Soireé with Marilyn. For dinner, we will enjoy a specially prepared meal by AGA and chef Walter. (Breakfast, Picnic Lunch, Dinner provided by AGA).
Wednesday, July 19, 2017
After breakfast at Villa, we will travel a short distance to photograph the Pont Julien Roman Bridge. We will have lunch at a restaurant in nearby Bonnieux* and then have time to discover this Hilltop Town (Famous for filming of “A Good Year” with Russell Crowe). Built on a plateau above the valley, Bonnieux is one of the finest villages in the area. The houses spread out on the hill-side form a striking harmony of earth-toned colours and shapes. Some superb residences dating back to the 16th, 17th, and 18th century serve as a reminder that Bonnieux was a wealthy village when this region, the Comtat Venaissin, belonged to the Popes. Back to the Villa for Relax and Refresh and enjoy a Soireé with Marilyn. Dinner prepared by AGA and chef Walter.(Breakfast and Dinner provided by AGA)
Thursday, July 20, 2017
Breakfast at Villa prepared by AGA. After a drive-through visit to Gordes, we will spend time in the beautiful town of Rousillon photographing the Ochre pigmented hills and cliffs with Marilyn. We will meet for Lunch at a Restaurant in Rousillon* and then you are free to discover this amazing town full of cobblestone streets and small boutiques. It is considered one of the most impressive villages in France. Situated in the heart of one of the biggest ochre deposits in the world, Roussillon is famous for its magnificent red cliffs and ochre quarries. The red, yellow and brown shades of the earth form a striking contrast with the lush green pine trees. The vivid blue of the Provençal sky and the exceptional quality of light make this a magical site. It is like an artist’s pallet, with the infinite combinations of colors varying from yellow to purple with all the shades of pink and red in between. We will leave Rousillon and head back to the Villa where we will Relax and Refresh and enjoy a Soireé with Marilyn. Dinner at the Villa-AGA and chef Walter. (Breakfast, Dinner provided by AGA)
Friday, July 21, 2017
Breakfast at Villa, then we will meet with Marilyn. Soon after, we will leave for the Lavender Museum and Boutique just a few miles away-Admission provided by AGA. We will have a picnic lunch provided by AGA. When we return to the Villa, we will meet with Marilyn and then get ready for dinner at a local Restaurant* (Breakfast, Picnic Lunch provided by AGA)
Saturday, July 22, 2017
Breakfast at Villa provided by AGA (have bags packed and ready to load into Van. Keep room for all your new purchases!). We will then leave for Market in Apt and SHOP until it is time to leave for Avignon TGV station and on to next destination! The Apt market is the biggest of the Luberon weekly markets. It takes place on Saturday morning year-round, and has been going for some 900 years. The market sprawls through several streets and squares in the heart of old Apt like a snake and it’s a festival of food and local products.
(Breakfast provided by AGA)
*Your Adventure Covers All Meals at Villa Itinerary subject to change without notice.