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La Pitchoune Itinerary

September 22nd – 30th, 2019

Join us for a week in the countryside of the Provence-Alpes-Côte d'Azur region of France.

Surrounded by mountains, the sea, olive groves, wineries, lavender fields and rows of cypress, we’ll stay six nights at the once homes of Julia Child and Simone Beck. The last two nights, we’ll stay in a boutique hotel overlooking the Côte d'Azur or “French Riviera” in the charming city of Nice.

Our culinary focus will be the traditional foods of the region and how they historically have been traditionally prepared. We’ll shop as Julia did in the open markets and purchase garden vegetables, fresh fish and meats. Julia will be our muse as we prepare her classic dishes.


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Day One

Arrive at the former homes of Julia Child and Simone Beck and settle in. You’ll have time to explore the grounds and enjoy a cup of tea and a good book like Mastering the Art of French Cooking. Meet your fellow chefs over a glass of rosé as we dine on the veranda at our first meal together.

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Day Two

We’ll visit Frederique and Isabelle, who raise heritage black pigs in the local mountains. These pigs live as nature intended, foraging primarily on leaves, roots, nuts, fruits, and flowers. The meat is purchased by Michelin chefs who appreciate the care and quality of the animals. After visiting the pigs, we’ll feast at their home featuring Frederique’s home cured and smoked meats.

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Day Three

Off to the market to gather groceries for dinner as Julia would have done, basket in tow at the open air market in Cannes. Friend Beatrice Levinson, Naturopathe - spécialisée GAPS, will guide us through the market. We’ll search out traditional regional specialties like tapenade, olive oil, goat cheese, spices and lavender honey. We’ll also visit the surrounding area. In the evening, Beatrice will join us for dinner and prepare one of her specialties.

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Day Four

Into the kitchen with chef Alain Llorca at Michelin-starred restaurant Alain Llorca. After arriving for coffee and croissants we’ll head down to the kitchen for a cooking class with chef and his staff. Then, champagne and amuse bouche followed by a Michelin lunch overlooking the sea below. Très magnifique!

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Day Five

A tour through the French Alps and medieval villages. Today includes a visit to Grasse, perfume capital of the world where we’ll visit Fragonard, the oldest perfume factory in Grasse. On to Gourdon from which the whole French Riviera can be seen and Saint Paul de Vence which is surrounded by ramparts dating from 12th Century. Picasso, Marc Chagall, and Renoir have stayed here, inspired by the light and superb environment. There will be time for lunch and shopping.

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Day Six

Nothing, we’ll do absolutely nothing! It’s our day to rest and enjoy the property, the two gorgeous pools, Julia’s kitchen and a nap! If you’re in the mood, you can visit neighboring Valbonne, a pretty medieval village with narrow cobbled streets. Today is market day with stalls strewn throughout the village. Have lunch in the plaza and shop for gifts.

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Day Seven

Off to Nice. We’ll stop in Antibes, a port city where you’ll have time to shop and have lunch featuring provencal specialities or perhaps a seafood lunch along the Côte d’Azur. We’ll visit an artisanal glass factory and then head to Nice where we check in to our hotel. A free night, I’ll have suggestions for dinner or you can meander through old town to find the perfect spot.

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Day Eight

Our final day is left for you to explore Nice. Located on the French Riviera, Nice sits on the pebbly shores of the Baie des Anges. There’s the Musée Matisse and Musée Marc Chagall and Roman ruins. The Cours Saleya open market, dating back to the early 18th century, is located in Vieille Ville (Old Nice) off the Promenade des Anglais. Our final evening together, we’ll dine at a small restaurant featuring Nicoise cuisine. Fresh fish, ratatouille, tapenade, soupe au pistou and pissaladière might be on the menu.

Day Nine

This morning we check out of our hotel. However, there is much to see in Nice! Think about extending your trip for a day or two. Monday is the open air antiques and bric-a-brac market.


Pricing:

$5450 per person, shared room & en suite shower ~ $6150 per person, one master bedroom, en suite soaking tub, shower & private porch ~ One room available for single occupancy with double bed & en suite shower, $6650

For detailed information, terms, conditions, payment schedule and registration form, email me here. 

 

Program fee includes:

  • Six nights at Mas Bramafam / La Pitchoune

  • Two nights in a boutique hotel in Nice

  • Daily buffet breakfast

  • Three to four cooking classes with meals

  • Seven dinners, see itinerary

  • Four plus lunches, see itinerary

  • House chosen wine and nonalcoholic beverages at all planned meals at the house and while on excursions

  • Planned excursions too lengthy to list here, please see itinerary

  • Private transportation on all planned excursions

  • Planned restaurant meals, see itinerary

  • Transportation to Nice

What is not included in our program fee:

  • Airfare to and from France and/or the Nice International Airport

  • Transportation to Bramafam on Sunday the 22nd

  • Required travel insurance

  • Personal shopping and expenses

  • Food and drink not included in the itinerary

  • Any expenses incurred during free time

  • Optional excursions or extensions

  • Non-refundable passport fees

  • Excess baggage charges

  • Tips for Community Cuisine staff, drivers and/or house concierge

  • Airport taxes that are collected on the spot in foreign airports, departures taxes, airport fees, airline and federal security fees and ticket handling fees, surcharges due to changes in currency, any mandatory new or increased fees/taxes/fuel surcharge (if any) levied on airline tickets, hotels, incidental expenses in hotels, and hotel room upgrades.

Note: We have rented the homes “AirB&B style” meaning there will be no daily maid service. We will have a washer and dryer on the premises and will happily wash and restock towels.



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