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LA CUISINE DES HALLES - AVIGNON

You cannot visit Provence without Avignon, an historic fortified city built along the Rhone river and crowned by the fourteenth-century Popes’ Palace. Avignon  has to be explored by walking through narrow cobbled-stone streets bordered by magnificient private mansions.

Avignon is also the headquarter of La Cuisine des Halles cooking school, nestled in the covered food market with its flavorful fresh produces, and only ten minutes by foot to the historic site. Markets in the south of France are institutions. From little villages to towns and largest cities, markets take place at least twice a week, sometimes everyday in summer. Avignon is not an exception to the rule… and going to the market is the occasion to meet people and to chat. A cooking school on the market ? You can’t expect a better place !Avignon cooking school is operated by Executive Chef Julien, the eldest son of Parisian Michelin-star Chef Henri C. Julien worked in California, Florida and New-York restaurants for several years in the `90s.

Chef Julien also owns a bistrot in Avignon.The cooking school offers attracting programs that celebrate the delightful Mediterranean and Provencale cuisine such as : ratatouille tart with fresh basil and sun-dried garlic, lime-flavored salmon “rillettes”, pissaladière (onion tart with anchovies and black olives), rolled sole fillets with asparagus, olive oil and lemon emulsion, tomatoes purée and pilaf rice, roasted peaches in a herbal tea “vervein” juice, aspic of granny smith and tea, strawberries millefeuille and chiboust cream, pistachio and red berries crumble… Yummy

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Your adventure starts at 9:30am by the market tour and shopping with the chef. Back to the kitchen, you wash hands and wear your apron. Within 2hrs 30mn, you learn how to prepare and cook a three-course well-balanced meal including a starter, a main course, and a dessert. At 12:30pm, it’s the time to relax and to enjoy the fruits of your labor. 3-course tasting lunch accompanied by wine follows the class. Program ends at 1:30pm when the market closes its doors.

Classes are taught in English, and run by Executive Chef Julien. No cooking experience is required to attend these classes designed for gourmet amateurs.

PROGRAM PRICE:
US$330 per person, private class for one person
US$290 per person, 2 people booked together
US$240 per person, 3 to 4 people booked together
US$195 per person, 5 to 8 people booked together


AVAILABILITY:
Year-round (except in July), Tuesday through Sunday, 9:30am - 1:30pm

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LA CUISINE DE GEORGIA, MARSEILLE
Cooking and baking classes in Provence

Georgia’s life changed completely three years ago since she left her job in the marketing for starting a professional adventure in the kitchens of restaurants in the south of France and in Paris then. When she tried her luck with Masterchef, she got the spot to the final, and became a celebrity chef ! Since October 2011, Georgia welcomes gourmet amateurs in her cooking school in Marseille, for teaching the best of the French and international cuisines through recipes that she makes accessible to all.

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Cooking classes at La Cuisine de Georgia are hands-on, taught in English. It lasts 3 hours, the right time to learn how to prepare a main course and a dessert from scratch such as bouillabaisse, or a more sophisticated dish with fish or meat, and a dessert that can be an icecream nougat, fruits mousse, cream topped with berries sauce, etc.

Cooking classes are scheduled Monday through Friday, starting at 10:00am or 5:00pm. Lunch or dinner accompanied by wine follows.

If you prefer to bake… easy to attend a pastry class !
Georgia or Chef Yohann are experts in delicacies… teaching the French classics such as millefeuille, dacquoise, “Saint Honoré” choux pastry filled with custard, macarons, and more. Not all together, but by topics ! Along your class you will get the chefs tips to succeed in your baking work, those little details that TV shows or books never tell. Under the direction of the chef, you will learn how to measure ingredients carefully, how to combine it and in which order, how to prepare the doughs or batters, and to keep the baking time and oven temperature as the key of a beautiful pastry then. When comes the time of decoration French-style, you get the treat of your class ! Baking is certainly one of the most delicate teaching which guides us to offer “slow and hands-on” classes only.

Within 3 hours, you can prepare and bake two different French cakes such as madeleines, and financiers. But if you choose a puff pastry class, you will only prepare one such as the millefeuille. If you choose the tarts, only two flavors would be possible to make such as chocolate and lemon. If you are weak with macarons, you will choose two flavors such as tonka fava chocolate ganache, vanilla, rose, pistachio, caramel, etc.
Baking classes are usually scheduled in the afternoon, starting at 2:30pm. You can bring the fruits of your labor if possible, otherwise you will taste it at the school.

La Cuisine de Georgia is centrally located in downtown Marseille, a few steps from the Opera house, and the old port. Considering the limited space available per class and the success of this fabulous cooking school, reservations two months in advance are recommended.

PROGRAM PRICES
US$205 per person, for a 3-hour cooking class followed by lunch
US$190 per person, for a 3-hour pastry class followed by a tasting
30% discount for children under 12.

AVAILABILITY : This program is available year-round except in August, Monday through Friday, for minimum 2 persons, and it’s limited to 8 people.

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ONE-DAY CULTURAL & WINE TOURS IN PROVENCE

Arguably the most irresistible region in France, Provence ranges from the snow-capped mountains of the southern Alps to the delta plains of the Camargue, and boasts fortified towns, hilltop beautiful historic villages, and glorious cultural cities like Arles, Aix and Avignon. Greeks, Romans, schismatic popes, and an endless succession of competing counts and princes left a unique cultural and architectural heritage. Provence is also a sensual inducements including sunshine, food and wine, and the heady perfumes of Mediterranean vegetation.

Whether Provence can be visited year-round, exploring this region in the Spring and Fall seasons is recommended for avoiding the ever-growing throngs of summer visitors. You will see the lavenders in blossom end of June / beginning of July.

You are keen in exploring the vineyards and why not in experiencing the wine harvest ? End of August / beginning of September will be the perfect period !
Lifestyle Vacations Provence-based tour leader offers exclusive full day excursions throughout Provence featuring Luberon, Alpilles, Dentelles de Montmirail, and more. Our full-day tours are designed for individuals and small groups limited to 6 people. You will travel in a luxury air-conditioned car or in a 8-seat minibus. Sophie, our English-speaking tour guide, will be your driver as well. Aside to the itineraries listed below, we will be delighted customizing a program featuring the sites of your choice. Please contact us for special requests.

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LUBERON featuring Gordes, Roussillon, Menerbes, Senanque abbey, and historic « Bories village ».

You will visit perched villages (listed as the most beautiful sites in France) by walking through narrow streets bordered by art galleries, small artisans shops, picturesque stone houses, and cafés.

You will visit the 12th century Cistercian abbey facing colorful lavender fields. You will discover the Bories dry-stone huts site nearby Gordes.

The itinerary goes through back roads and spectacular landscapes of vineyards, orchards, colored ochre hills, colorful fields of poppies, wheat or fragrant lavender. To see the blooming lavenders, tour must be scheduled end of June or beginning of July. 3-course lunch accompanied by wine is included in the tour price.

ALPILLES COUNTRYSIDE featuring Saint-Remy, Les Baux de Provence and Arles.

Our first step is the pretty village of Saint-Remy that you will discover on Van Gogh’s footsteps. Wednesday is also the greatest open-air market day… don’t miss it !

Tour continues to Maussane-les-Alpilles where you will appreciate a relaxing lunch under the shade of old trees
Les Baux, the outstanding medieval clifftop village, and the UNESCO listed Roman town of Arles will be your afternoon exploration. You will take a wander around Les Baux through its lovely cobblestone streets and soak up the charm of this historic village. Arles walking path goes through the Amphitheater ruins, the Roman Theater, St-Trophime church with its 12th-century carved doorway.

WINE EXCURSION celebrating the finest southern Cotes du Rhone : Chateauneuf du Pape, Gigondas, Vacqueyras, Beaumes de Venise and the Trias of great beauty.

16 villages have given its names to prestigious wines produced in the area. This is what we call an appellation. Chateauneuf-du-Pape is our first step, located a few kilometers north of Avignon.

It features a picturesque stone village and fabulous vineyards.

An informative visit to the Brotte museum will give you a better understanding of Chateauneuf historic, terroir, grape varieties and production methods. You will visit a winery and its cellars. The panoramic view over the Rhone valley from the ruins of the chateau (which was the Popes summer residence at the 15th century) surrounded by vineyards will be perfect for photo shootings.

Our trail continues to Gigondas and Vaqueyras then, two other appellations reputed for full body reds and some elegant whites. Gourmet lunch accompanied by wine in Vacqueyras.The wine route goes to Beaumes de Venise in the afternoon, a beautiful village nestled at the foot of the Dentelles de Montmirail limestone mountains.

One of the top-ranked winegrower and winemaker will welcome you in his property. He will guide you through the vineyard rows, explain the work he does on the land, before you enjopy flavorful white and red rare muscats. The late afternoon part of the tour goes through the Trias back roads and its landscapes of breathtaking beauty. Each visit to a winery is followed by wines tasting

This tour is scheduled Wednesdays
(to experience Saint-Remy greatest open-air market), starting in Avignon or in Aix-en-Provence
Tours are scheduled Tuesday through Saturday, March through October. Tours departs from Avignon or Aix-en-Provence (visitors bureau), but can start from your villa or hotel for convenience

Programs price per person :
- US$ 340 (2 people booked together)
- US$ 280 (4 people booked together

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AUDREY’S KITCHEN - LYON

Welcome to Audrey’s kitchen located 15 minutes by taxi from Place Bellecour or Perrache station in Lyon.

Chef Audrey has opened her cooking school in 2005 after accomplishing at Michelin-starred restaurants, and especially training with Mathieu Vianney celebrity chef.

Michelin-star restaurants. On choosing this program, you definitely decide to improve your skills in the French cooking, in expecting a tailor-made teaching for gourmet amateurs. After your 3-hour hands-on class, you will almost cook like a French pro!
 
The Lyon Cooking School is located in a chic and residential district, easy to link by taxi from place Bellecour or Saint Jean historic quarter. The school is set in a 900 sqft dependance of a picturesque French-style house overlooking a garden planted with flowers, fruits trees, aromatic herbs. A terrace is the place to relax after the class, for enjoying the aperitif and the lunch ot dinner in summer. The cooking school is perfectly equipped with professional stoves and ovens, and all modern appliances and equipments are at the participants' disposal. Classes are run by Chef Patrice whose long list of accomplishments include a thirty-years experience at Michelin-starred restaurants in France, in the USA, and at the Bocuse Culinary Institute.

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Classes are scheduled in the morning or in the afternoon, starting at 9:30am or 4:30pm for three hours. It’s taught in English. Classes are limited to 8 people, and are confirmed with 2 participants without supplement . 

During your class, you learn how to prepare and cook a three-course meal including a starter, a main course and a dessert. Our chef spends time to explain and to detail the cooking techniques: how to braise, reduce, sautéd, and the right gesture to chop, slice, cut, dice, etc. Menus follows the seasonal fresh produces, and the chef's specialities are : Coconut flavored cold peas velouté and its crab meat & mango mousse, Pike dumpling with lobster sauce, Hazelnuts crumbs scallops brochette and creamy pumpkin sauce, Gambas and green asparagus in a vanilla-flavored bouillon, Cappuccino-style Norway lobster soup, Salers beef rib in red wine sauce and gratin Dauphinois, Lime jelly & fresh fruits salad in a coconut biscuit tulip, Lemon verbena crème brûlée, Praline mousse and caramelized walnuts, and much more.

Food market tour is scheduled Tuesday and Thursday. You meet our chef directly at “Les Halles de Lyon” indoor food market located steps to La Part Dieu. Along your one-hour tour, the chef will provide her tips to buy the best and freshest produces. She will also review the classics of the great Lyon’s cuisine. You will meet and discuss with the merchants (most of them are “Meilleur Ouvrier de France”, a graduation that honors the best craftmen) such as: Mons for cheese, Maurice Trolliet for meat, Pupier for fish and seafood, Colette Sibilia for sausages and charcuteries, Bahadourian for spices, etc. Visit starts at 8:30am.

PROGRAM PRICE :     US$ 290 per person (for 2 people booked together)
US$ 205 per person (for 4 people booked together)
                                 Market visit supplement : US$70 per person.

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MYRIAM’S KITCHEN - BORDEAUX

Welcome to Myriam’s intimate cooking school, set in her elegant 18th-century villa in the heart of Bordeaux. If you have already partaken a Lifestyle Vacations cooking class in Paris, her name should be familiar… Chef Myriam left Paris in 2012 for opening a cooking school and a luxury guesthouse in the South West of France. She runs hands-on cooking lessons for individuals and small groups limited to 6 people. Classes are taught in English, and designed for amateurs or advanced cooks. There is no better memories than experiencing the French cuisine with a talented teacher like Myriam, in such an intimate and beautiful place.

The ground floor of this private mansion features a spacious living room overlooking the garden and pool, and the full-equipped open kitchen. Lunches and dinners are served in the elegant dining room or on the open-air terrace at the warm season.

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A perfect cooking adventure always starts by the food market. Let’s do it with Chef Myriam! Meet her at 9:00am at the cooking school and enjoy a visit to the alive “Capucins food market”, the oldest in Bordeaux. You will not only meet local producers but also get Chef Myriam’s precious tips to choose the best and freshest produces which are “the key” of a delicious meal. If you just want to book a cooking class and pass the market tour, join Myriam at the cooking school at 10:30am, or at 5:30pm if you choose the evening class followed by dinner.
At Myriam’s Kitchen you will learn simple recipes using the same kind of fresh produces you will be able to find in your country. You will also use the equipment of a home cook. You will enjoy Myriam’s classes not only for her good mood… but also because you are the cook and Myriam is your conductor! 

Cooking classes are scheduled Tuesday through Sunday, in the morning or in late afternoon, allowing participants to visit Bordeaux or to explore the vineyards. Classes last 2h30, the perfect time to learn how to prepare and to cook a 3-course meal including a starter, a main course and a dessert such as : Eggs Meurette (red wine sauce), Foie gras flan, Asparagus of Blaye and its mousseline cream, Rack of Lamb in a crust of herbs, “Parmentier” duck confit, Chicken supreme in Sauternes, Grand Marnier soufflé, Strawberries in a spicy red wine sauce, etc.

PROGRAM PRICE : 
US$ 205 per person, cooking class followed by lunch or dinner, aperitif and wine included
US$ 255 per person, market tour, cooking class followed by lunch, aperitif and wine included

AVAILABILITY : Classes are scheduled year-round, Tuesday through Sunday. Program that includes the market tour starts at 9:00am. Cooking classes without market visit start at 10:30am or 5:30pm


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NORMANDY COOKING ADVENTURE, NEARBY CHERBOURG

Located in a small village ten miles from Cherbourg, and five miles only from the coast, l’Atelier du Cotentin is nestled in a quaint village 10 miles from Cherbourg in Basse Normandy and 5 miles from the coast. This intimate cooking school is operated by Sinéad who fell in love with the region twenty-five years ago, and never left… The kitchen is one of the largest room of the beautifully restored 18th-century farmhouse. A place that celebrates “la joie de vivre” ! Cooking classes are hands-on, taught in English, and scheduled Monday through Saturday, starting at 4:30pm. Classes are limited to 6 participants, and it’s confirmed for only 2 people without supplement.

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Within three-hours, our chef will teach you how to prepare and to cook a 3-course meal including a starter, a main course, and a dessert. You are in Normandy, and you will explore the traditional local recipes that focus on fresh, seasonal and preferably organic produces bought on the market or directly at producers. Classics of the Normandy cuisine and especially of the Cotentin peninsula can be warm oysters in a sabayon, scallops on a leeks fondue or served with a cider flavored creamy sauce, roasted salt-marsh lamb with its seasonal sautéed vegetables, chicken “Made-in-Normandy”, camembert savory tart accompanied with a green salad… without forgetting “La Teurgoule”, a traditional rice pudding.

Just after the class, and before enjoying the fruits of your labor, you will share an aperitif like Pommeau or Poiré (made with apples or pears) served with savory bites. The 4-course tasting dinner including cheese and accompanied by wine or cider is served in the family dining room.If you decide to attend your class Monday or Friday, you can add the food market tour to your cooking adventure, and join our chef at 9:30am, in Bricquebec (Mondays) or Les Pieux (Fridays).

This is a very informative option to get a better understanding about the local produces, and a memorable experience that provides the connections with local people. The tour lasts one hour. You will stop then at a café for a coffee, tea, hot chocolate or fresh drink depending on the weather conditions. Between the tour and the class, take your time to visit picturesque sites such as Cherbourg, D-Day landing beaches, Barfleur picturesque fishermen harbor listed at the hundred-ranked most beautiful villages of France…Lodging in charming guesthouses nearby is provided upon request. Please contact us.

PROGRAM PRICE : US$ 22O per person. US$ 45 supplement per person for the market tour.

AVAILABILITY : Year-round, Monday through Saturday, except February 12-17, April 5-9, July 4-7, and in August


GOURMET & CULTURAL TOUR – LOIRE VALLEY
Full-day Excursion to the Chateaux of Chambord, Blois & Amboise

Magnificient and majestic Loire Valley… blessed by the perfect location on the north-south-west axis at a period of the history when the lords have to defend their lands, and also to fight for gaining battles and new territories. The Kings of France built their royal palaces along the Loire river. Angers, Saumur, Fontevraud, Chinon, Langeais, Azay le Rideau, Villandry, Amboise, Loches, Chenonceau, Amboise, Chaumont sur Loire, Blois, Chambord, Sully… these names are carved in the history of France and of England.

It’s also the names of little towns where the Kings, Queens, Dukes, Princess and noblemen and women lived from the Middle Age until the 17th century. More than a week is necessary to explore the entire Loire Valley and to visit the chateaux, but a one-day excursion offers a first immersion in the History of France, through Chambord, Blois and Amboise, while admiring the beauty of the sites and especially the special light of the Loire river, listed at the Unesco world heritage

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Your excursion starts in Paris early in the morning. Private transfer by car from your hotel at 7:30am to Chambord by private car, with a stop on the way to take a café/croissant. Arrival in Chambord at 10:00am at the opening for less visitors, as this Renaissance-style chateau is one of France’s largest and the most visited. It has been built at the 16th century for the King Francis the First as his hunting residence. The architecture is simply…magnificient! After a two-hour audioguided visit, we link Blois only 25 minutes distance.

Lunch at a Michelin-star restaurant in the historic quarter of Blois, the fishermen district…A well appreciated break to enjoy the fine local cuisine revisited by incredibly talented Chef Christophe. Just after lunch, we will walk to the hilltop for visiting the Chateau of Blois, home of King Louis XII and Queen Anne de Bretagne at the 15th century, then of King Francis the First and Queen Claude de France, before being the scene of the murder of the Duke of Guise by the guards of King Henri III, and the death place of Queen Catherine de Medici. Also, Joan of Arc came to Blois in 1429, asking the Archbishop of Reims to bless her before she departed with her army to drive the English from Orleans.

Our last step will be the Chateau of Amboise, overlooking the Loire river, symbol of the French Renaissance architecture. Leonardo Da Vinci lived at the Clos Lucé, he achieved the Mona Lisa in Amboise. He is buried in the chapel of the chateau.This tour is personally escorted by Corinne A. Preteur. Corinne grew up in the Loire Valley, and she lives part of the time in her family house nearby Orleans. Tour confirmed for 2 participants, and it’s limited to 4 people.

PROGRAM PRICE (per person) : US$ 350 per person on for 2 people. US$285 per person for a group of 3 or 4 people.
It includes : the round-trip ground transportation by private car from Paris, the coffee-croissant break, the full-day guided excursion, the entrance tickets to the chateaux, the 3-course gourmet lunch. Wine is at extra cost.

AVAILABILITY : April through October (except July 14 – August 15), Wednesday, Thursday and Friday


GOURMET & CULTURAL TOUR – CHAMPAGNE
Full-day Excursion to Reims and Epernay

Champagne ! magic word… symbol of fests and celebrations, a sparkling wine that must be produced in the region of Champagne only. Why this wine is so unique ? How it’s produced ? In experiencing our exclusive one-day excursion, you will have the response to these questions, with the pleasure to discover the Champagne countryside planted by vineyards, the visits to Reims, Bouzy, Epernay and Hautvillers, home-town of French Benedictine monk Dom Perignon

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Your adventure starts at 7:30am in Paris with a private transfer by car to Reims. It takes about 2 hours to get to Champagne, considering a 15mn stop for a coffee/croissant on the way. Visit to a prestigious Maison de Champagne that could be Ruinart, Pommery, Veuve Clicquot, Taittinger. You will be granted a 45mn English-speaking guided tour the wine cellars called “Les Crayeres” before enjoying a Champagne tasting. At noon, gourmet lunch at Michelin-star restaurant Le Foch, owned by celebrity Chef Jacky Louazé.

Early afternoon walking tour of Reims including the visit to the cathedrale where major Kings of France have been crowned, and Le Palais du Tau, former property of the bishops of Reims, a pure architectural jewel… At 4:00pm, we link Epernay through “La Côte des Blancs” wine route. On the way we will stop at Bouzy to visit Maison Delaveine, an independent wine grower and wine maker that Corinne knows personally for more than 20 years. The land is reputed to produce the best grands crus. Our adventure continues to Hautvillers to visit the church where Dom Perignon is buried, and to Epernay, the cellars and headquarters of Champagnes Perrier-Jouët, Moët & Chandon, Castellane, etc.
Transfer to Paris at 6:30pm. 8:00pm, end of the tour.

PROGRAM PRICE (per person) :
US$ 340 per person on for 2 people. US$280 per person for a group of 3 or 4 people.
It includes : round-trip ground transportation by private car from Paris, coffee-croissant break, full-day guided excursion, guided tour of a prestigious Maison de Champagne including tasting, the 3-course gourmet lunch. Wine is at extra cost.

AVAILABILITY :
April through October, Tuesday through Friday



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