September is here and it is the month for my annual brocante tours, when I receive the most charming guests from all over the globe to hunt for treasure with me in Normandy and in Paris. This year we have a second tour named Luxury and Antiques which will take us to Champagne, Normandy and Paris, experiencing antiques, floral art, jewelry design and more (if anyone wants a last minute trip, following a cancellation there is one place remaining on the Luxury tour).
But today what I really want to tell you about is my very exciting new Provence tour. I have wanted to offer this for years now, and with my girlfriend Marie Christine Caviglioni, we have put together a dreamy tour combining antiques, flowers, food and chateau living.
Marie Christine lives with her charming husband Louis in the Chateau de Moissac, in the Provencal countryside. The chateau will serve as our base camp during the tour: we’ll dine here, cook, style and take photos, learn how to arrange flowers from an expert and return to the chateau each evening, for drinks before dinner. Louis will show us around the chateau and explain their ten year renovation to transform the chateau from crumbling ruin to this stunning home.
Surprisingly, although the chateau is huge, it doesn’t offer accommodation for a group of guests. Consequently, the chateau is privatised for us during the tour, and accommodation is literally three minutes walk from the chateau, in a lovely hotel, where each guest will enjoy their own room and ensuite bathroom.
Guests will arrive at the Aix en Provence rail way station, from where we’ll collect them in the chauffeur driven vehicle which will accompany us during the trip. The last morning of the tour wlll take place in Nice, and guests can continue their journey from there, or be driven to the airport to fly home.
I am happy to email you with full details of the tour, but I can already tell you that the trip will include:
multiple opportunities to buy brocante and antiques
a lesson in floral art
a tour of local wine producers
a visit to the village of Moustiers, famous for its traditional tableware and pottery
a visit to a remarkable private garden of a local chateau
an opportunity to shop at a provencal farmers market
a cooking class in the kitchen of the chateau
a lesson in buying and caring for antique linens
If you’d like to know more, just drop me a line here, and we’ll be happy to send you the brochure with complete details. The tour is scheduled for 23rd to 28th May next, and can also be privatised. If you have your own ready made group of friends, then we are happy to make this your own private tour, and if there are husbands on board, we’ll adapt the itinerary to keep them happy while you arrange flowers.
I really hope that you’ll join me next Spring in Provence, for what will be a very special trip.