Autumn in Provence- Through an Open Door

Follow your bliss and the universe will open doors where there were only walls. Joseph Campbell

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I adore this image from my most recent autumnal visit to Provence. It draws you in, wondering what could be on the other side of that passageway.

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It’s Friday and I am contemplating the doors that have both opened and closed in my life while sifting through photos and I am grateful for both.

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I am always curious about what is on the other side of colorful doors like this with grand adornments.

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When a door closes it can be very sad.  It’s like we are being pushed forward even though we might not feel ready; it’s times like these that faith and hope get us through.

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And just like that a window opens and things are better than you could have ever imagined.  I think this little kitty agrees!

Hope you have a wonderful weekend, hug someone you love today!

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Autumn in Provence~A Trip to the Market

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Provencal markets are truly a magical place for food lovers.

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Gorgeous seasonal vegetables were relying only on their vivid color to entice buyers.

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Stunning eggplants begging to come home and become something wonderful on your plate!

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I adore the vegetables artfully displayed in sturdy baskets.

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Freshly picked thyme and bay leaves perched in this precious, red riding hood basket.

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The markets of Provence have much more to offer foodies besides just produce.

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Freshly made sausage is always a good bet to go along with a cheese and wine picnic perhaps?

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Nuts and dried fruits as far as the eye can see.

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And prepared foods like roasted chicken or this enormous copper pan loaded to the brim with Paella, just look at the size of those shrimp!

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Markets are bursting with jams, tapenades and spreads along with clothing, table linens, soaps and lavender. All in all a truly lovely way to spend a few hours and we did!

Travel with me next autumn! Two seats are available for

A Taste of Provence September 7-14th 2019

Reach out today for more information!

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Autumn in Provence~Sunflowers and Van Gogh

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I was at Trader Joes this morning gathering supplies for my classes this week, French Foods of the Normandy Coast and 4 Course French Menu at the Arboretum on Saturday and I noticed the gorgeous sunflowers for sale.

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They reminded me of the lovely sunflowers I enjoyed while touring my A Taste of Provence group in September. Sunflowers are such a happy flower!

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So big and bold, they almost don’t look real.

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The Provencal sunflowers surely inspired Vincent Van Gogh to paint this vase chalked full.  This particular painting was done while he lived in Arles, not far from our base in Saint Remy.

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One of the most interesting places we visited this year was the Van Gogh Clinic.  Van Gogh checked himself in and spent the last year of his life here in Saint Remy.

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He was very prolific and painted some of his most well-known pieces here, including Starry Night and Irises.  This is a look at the beautiful interior garden that inspired Van Gogh and many other residents.

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This is such a beautiful view of the outdoor garden at the clinic, also a source of inspiration to the artists here.

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I thought this was such an interesting arrangement I came across while traveling in the area. The sunflowers standing so tall and proud!

Have a happy day!

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Autumn in Provence- A Visit to the Fig Farm

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September in Provence is glorious.  I recently heard someone say that autumn in Provence is what springtime is to Paris and I wholeheartedly agree.  The crowds are gone but the temperate beauty remains.  I will be sharing some of my favorite moments from travel with my 2018 group in the coming weeks.  I hope you will stay tuned and enjoy!

Welcome to the fig farm.

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Meet Frances who is a passionate fig farmer.

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He welcomed us with open arms to his farm.  Not only does Frances grow many varieties of figs here, his wife creates flavor-packed jams and condiments on sale in their tasting room. Frances is truly happy when visitors have tasted every last one of her concoction!

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Look at this beauty, so ripe it’s falling off the tree. Locals pull up and buy fresh figs by the flat.

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Frances was eager for us to taste his figs. So many figs!

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Frances is definitely a fig expert.  Both of his children live in the United States; he confessed that when he flies over the pond for a visit, figs are always on his mind.  He enjoys visiting fig farms all over the US, learning about new varieties and adding them to his orchard collection.

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There is nothing technical about drying figs, just lay them out on a rack and let the sun do the work.

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The farm was a quaint location to enjoy a picnic of market goodies curated from the Saint Remy morning market.

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Definitely a great way to spend a few hours!

Travel with me in 2019, for all the details, CLICK HERE!

Feel like a fun night out?  Join me Tonight!  Thursday at Toulouse for a Provencal Happy Hour

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It’s a Provencal Happy Hour!

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DATE CHANGE!

Happy Hour October 18, 6:00-8:00

Celebrate Autumn in Provence with an ATOP Happy Hour just for fun!

Have you been to the beautiful new Toulouse at Legacy West?
Join A Taste of Paris for a Provencal Happy Hour. Drink and food specials just for ATOP!

Registration for A Taste of Provence 2019 is OPEN and Toulouse is helping us celebrate!
Travel with me in 2019 for an unforgettable experience.

Immerse yourself in the flavors of Provence.  Soak up sundrenched farm land, cultivated by artisans passionate about their craft.  Visit and taste at local producers of wine, cheese and olives for an up-close view of the fabulous food this region is known for.  Enjoy private cooking classes and some of the best markets in the world. Your taste buds will sing with the flavors of France.

September 7-14th, 2019  Only 2 seats OPEN

OR

September 14th-21st, 2019  Only 1 seat OPEN

Join the fun as Toulouse transports us to Provence,
for a full list of Happy Hour offerings and the address CLICK HERE

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ATOP Video and the Making!

Did you ever have one of those work days so stellar that you will never forget it as long as you live?

Welcome to one of mine!

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I invited a few of my travelers, most of whom have been with me on multiple trips, to share in the experience of making a film.

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In fact, to share some of their experiences while traveling with A Taste of Paris, to France.

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We sipped some of my favorite French sparkling wines…

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…and nibbled on French goodies like Chocolate Madeleines, Raspberry and Mint Chocolate Macarons.

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In a flash, the party was over and the real work begins.

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Hours spent combing through video from my most recent trip, searching for the very best shots.

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4:00 am calls from my colleague in Paris to insure we were capturing the best of the city in video content she was taking and sending via the amazing internet.

Listening to music for just the right French sound and by the way after a bit it all sound alike!

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And testing the patience of filmmaker, Shane Reitzammer owner of CinemaStory Productions for many weeks to create something really special; a tool for people considering travel with A Taste of Paris and me!

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Thank you to these special ladies and to all my travelers for helping to bring my dream to life!

Click here to watch!

Click here for information on A Taste of Paris travel.

Provence and Pastis

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Have you ever heard of Pastis?  This aperitif cocktail was a mystery to me until I visited Marsalis France a few years ago.

This is my last week to explore my recent travelers response to the questions  “Why France?” Registration for my trips to France in 2019 is OPEN

A Taste of Paris- March 31st-April 7th 2019

A Taste of Provence- September, 2019 

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“My favorite thing about my ATOP trip was getting to do so many things, cooking, the history, shopping, eating and having cocktails only the way the French do.

“I loved the bonding of the ladies and getting to branch out on the side to go to the big flea market.”

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“Knowing Lorie personally, I knew the trip would be well planned and informative and now I can place a check on my bucket list!” Kelly Jacob

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It’s true Kelly, having cocktails in France is an event and serving Pastis definitely fits that bill!

Pastis is an anise flavored aperitif that’s strong and a bright green color.  It’s served  with water and a few cubes of ice, unless you are in America, you know how we love our cold drinks! To drink this beverage, add desired water, a few cubes of ice and stir.  At this point pastis looks like milk.  With its fresh licorice flavor’ pastis, is really quite refreshing especially in August.  If you have not tried it before I highly recommend it!

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It was super fun having Kelly along for our France adventure!  To make some memories of your own in 2019 contact me by email lorie@atasteofparis.net or phone 214 551 9630!

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Paris, a City for Romance

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“Why travel to Paris? Why not? In my opinion, Paris is magic!”

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“It transforms/transports my spirit to another level; one of tradition, romance, history and of course, food and wine that is truly unique.”

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It feeds my soul as well as my body! I return refreshed and renewed!” Jeanne Busch

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I love what Jeanne shared, this is how I feel too.  I get goosebumps reading her words.

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It’s true, Paris is a place for romance whether you are with someone you love or completely alone, Paris seduces you with its sights sounds and tastes.

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Jeannie is a special lady that inspires me with her courage and wisdom. Thanks for sharing and for traveling with me!

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To make some memories of your own in 2019 contact me by email lorie@atasteofparis.net or phone 214 551 9630!

A Taste of Paris- March 31st-April 7th 2019

A Taste of Provence- September, 2019 

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The Best Teaching Chef’s

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Food is so important to the French; in fact it is their number 1 expenditure beyond housing.

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Who else would painstakingly craft these tiny little cakes with so much detail?

If you see a group of French people together, they are probably talking about what they ate yesterday what they are currently eating or what they will eat tomorrow.  It is almost an obsession to find the finest best tasting food available.

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This is why their markets are loaded with food that looks like this (no filter).

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Because of Frances rich culinary history and their quest for the very best food, the cooking classes in France are like nothing you experience here.

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While trip registration for A Taste of Paris is open, I am exploring “Why France?” with my travelers and this is what Laura Whatley said…

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“I always wanted to go to Paris to take cooking classes there.  I knew Lorie had extensive experience cooking in Paris, so I immediately knew ATOP was an absolute perfect fit!”

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“This was an amazing trip of a lifetime; the sites, the friendships made, and the delectable cooking.”  

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“Go with an appetite for Paris and you will be on cloud nine.” 

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After decades of cultivating relationships with the very best teaching chef’s in France, I am able to offer my A Taste of Paris travelers something really special.

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We cook in the finest schools the country has to offer.

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Not only are the classes entertaining,

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and tasty,

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mad skills, like deboning fish are learned!

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Travel with me in 2019 and let’s make some memories together!

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Poilane a Favorite Parisian Address

 

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“I love bread!” Oprah Winfrey

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Poilane is one of my favorite Parisian address.  Visiting and buying bread here is quite an experience.

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My registration for travel remains open and today I am looking at the comments from Anne Banta as I explore my travelers answer to the question ‘Why France?” Click the link for all of the spectacular details for these ATOP trips.

A Taste of Paris- March 31st-April 7th 2019

A Taste of Provence- September 7th-14th, 2019 OR

Shopping in Paris is truly an incredible experience.  Since A Taste of Paris trips are food and wine centric, you can bet I know the finest, most iconic shops to visit and Poilane is one of these stores!

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Pierre Poilane started it all in 1932 with a boulangerie in the Latin quarter on Rue Cherche-Midi; the location for my photos.

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 The round, 2 kilogram sourdough loaf, called a miche or pain Poilane is what Poilane is famous for.  Each loaf has the signature P, is made with stone ground flour, is naturally fermented and baked to perfection in wood fired ovens.

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It was Pierre’s son, Lionel, who took over the business in the 1970’s,that took things to a new level. Lionel believed 1 person should be responsible for the loaf from start to finish, creating ownership.  This modern approach was to insure quality in each and every loaf. His commitment to craftsmanship and quality gained Lionel and the Poilane brand  worldwide renowned.

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Just outside of Paris in the Bievres location, 15,000 loaves of bread are baked and shipped daily, all over the world!

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At Poilane the Viennoiserie pictured here, is golden brown flaky, buttery goodness and among the best I have ever eaten.

“I have always loved visiting Paris. However, seeing Paris through Lorie’s eyes and experiences was completely different and exciting!”  

IMG_6068.jpgThe knowledge she shares of the museums, cooking, tasting and shopping is outstanding.” 

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“Joining Lorie and our group in April 2016 was a wonderful experience!!  Best trip ever!!” Anne Banta

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Here we are all together breaking bread at a picnic in the park!

Thank you Anne you were such a dream to travel with and I hope to see you along on another adventure soon!

To travel with me to Paris and to Poilane visit, Click HERE!

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