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A Week in Provence with Julia Child
May 18-25, 2019

How do I meet up with the group?
What are my options before or after the tour?
What about international airfare to and from Europe?
Who are the people I can expect to be my fellow travelers on this tour?
Describe the Villa in which we'll be staying?
How will the Julia cooking program work?
What clothing should I bring?
What type of weather should I expect?
How much free time is available?
Do you accept credit cards?

How do I meet up with the group?

The tour begins in the late afternoon (Saturday) at the estate where Julia Child wrote her first two masterpiece cookbooks.  (It is strongly advised that all participants arrive in the area at least one day before to avoid any possibility of missed connections with the group, as well as to allow time for adjusting to jet lag.  Wine-Knows will be happy to obtain early arrival hotel space for you.)

The estate is located about 30 minutes from the Nice airport via a taxi or Uber.  Participants will be responsible for arranging their transport to the villa.  Detailed directions & villa contact info will be sent with the final documents.

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What are my options before or after the tour?

If you plan to arrive early or stay in the area extra days, Wine-Knows can suggest the best spots to recover from jet lag, as well as arrange hotel space.  If you plan on visiting other parts of Europe, Wine-Knows can also guide you on options.

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What about international airfare to and from Europe?

Group airfare has purposefully not been included to allow maximum flexibility in arrival & departure options. This means that travelers may go both early as well as stay over after the trip concludes.   Wine-Knows Travel, Inc. provides land only arrangements and does not provide airfare.

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Who are the people I can expect to be my fellow travelers on this tour?

Participants are from diverse professional occupations, but most are well-seasoned international travelers with a common interest in food & wine.  Like all Wine-Knows’ trips, this will be a non-smoking tour.

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Describe the Villa in which we'll be staying.

  Set in an olive grove and gardens of nearly 10 acres, the >3,000 square foot villa is built of stone with wooden floors and ancient beams throughout.  The estate is located just a few miles outside the enchanting village of Valbonne, just 15 miles from the Nice airport.
 


While the villa dates from the 18th century, it has been completely renovated throughout with the latest technologies and a high level of comfort.  Several foot thick stone walls have been juxtaposed with a clever glass and concrete addition boasting raised ceilings, glorious floor to ceilings windows, and modern high-end fixtures.  Similarly, the villa is furnished marrying antique pieces with contemporary.  The villa is also WIFI enabled.
 


A contemporary eat-in gourmet kitchen is equipped with a professional stove, dishwater and an array of chef’s tools.   Participants will have everything they need at their fingertips to create their perfect Julia dishes.
 

The villa has appeared in France’s equivalent of 
Better Homes & Gardens.   Below are a few of the photos that appeared in the magazine….
 
 

The estate stands in a dominant south facing position with breathtaking panoramas from the home, terrace, and the heated infinity-edge pool.
 
There are 5 bedrooms (spread over 3 floors), each with an ensuite bathroom.


The property boasts an enormous exterior space with various areas for outdoor living and dining...
 

 


● 
covered terrace
●  small outdoor kitchen,
●  outdoor shower/ bathroom
●  several areas where one can steal away to relax privately
●  bocci ball court
●  BBQ

      

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 How will the Julia cooking program work?

     ●  The group will  be divided into teams of 3 persons.
●  Each team will be responsible for choosing prior to arrival one of Julia’s recipes for a first course, a main, and a dessert.
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Each team will be responsible for cooking their 3courses on one evening.
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Each team will be responsible for shopping for and buying the ingredients used in their recipes.
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The 2 teams that are not cooking for the evening, will be responsible for either setting the table or cleaning up.
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Wines will be provided each evening to accompany the recipes cooked by each team.  These wines will be chosen and paid for by Wine-Knows.

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What about clothing?

The French dress more formally than most Americans & we would like to respect their customs.  That being said, the tour will be “business-casual” dress.  On the other hand, we will be also be dining in a Michelin star restaurant so bring dressy clothes for this evening.  The last night at the villa we will also “dress to dine” so plan according with something special.

Good walking shoes are essential as many of the villages we’ll be visiting have cobblestone streets.  Also, don’t forget to bring a swimsuit as the villa has a pool.

Consider the following 3 rules of thumb to minimize the amount of clothing required:  (1) Bring layers.  (2)  Use the mix-and-match principal (i.e. if it doesn’t mix or match, leave it at home.)  (3)  Use accessories to change the look versus bringing additional clothing.

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What type of weather can we expect?

Daytime temperatures on the French Riviera during this time of year average about 70-75  degrees so pack accordingly.  Be sure to bring a sweater as evenings along the sea can be chilly.  While rain is unusual at this time of year, it never hurts to pack a small umbrella.

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How much free time is available?

We have provided free time as detailed in the itinerary.  Furthermore, it is not mandatory that you attend all of the planned experiences, although most of our clients do!  This is your trip---if you would rather sleep-in, shop, or simply chill at the villa, then do it!

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Do you accept credit cards?

Yes.  We accept payment through PayPal (PayPal.com).  Since PayPal charges us a fee, this fee must be added to the cost of the trip.

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