Making new friends – the MFCH Tour season !

by Sharon Santoni

A few days ago saw the end of the third tour of the year, which means that our MFCH Tour season is half way through!   So far we have welcomed guests to Provence in April and in June, and to the beautiful Dordogne in May.

Our tours are always a moment rich in encounters, in exchange, in discussion and in sharing.  There is something special about gathering a group of people who have never met before, but who share a love of France and the wish to see behind closed doors and get a deeper understanding of the country.

On our April tour, the days were a blend of discovering Provence; creating with flowers; shopping for antiques, browsing local markets and enjoying many wonderful meals.  As you may expect from an almost uniquely feminine group, there was lots to talk about.  I was co-hosting the tour with my friends Sandra Sigman and Lucy Hunter, and several of our guests were interested in the way that Lucy, Sandra and I have come to create and grow our businesses.  The theme of reinvention and creativity was very present. Some ladies had existing business structures, others were on the brink, and several were simply trying to work out their next steps in a new non-business direction.  Conversation was lively and interesting, and I couldn’t help but smile at this very feminine phenomena.

At la Boutique de l’Antiquaire in Lourmarin

Creativity and passion are leitmotivs to our tours. We are fortunate to meet people who are passionate about their daily lives and their own projects. From a garden owner; to a wine maker; to a ceramist to an artist. We love to enjoy these snapshots of peoples lives, and gain real insight into the local culture.

Gardens that have been created by passionate owners over the past decades; artists working to live mindfully and be creative everyday; and owners of beautiful properties who were kind enough to open their door, and give us an insight into their daily life.

Courtyard at Atelier Vime

Good food and wine are also very important factors in our daily schedules. We include Michelin starred restaurants, we like to introduce our guests to local organic wines, and when possible we love to include a cooking class.

Antiques are on our minds too. We all love to hunt for our own piece of French treasure to take home and display. On every tour there are several opportunities to shop for brocante and antiques.

If you are tempted by our tours, you may like to know that we have a couple of places remaining on the Loire tour at the end of August. We are also finalising details of our 2024 tours, and we will include several totally new destinations, and special themed events.

We will return to Provence with a new creative retreat tour; we take clients to the gorgeous Brittany coastline; and of course we will return to Dordogne and Normandy which I love so much.

If you are interested in any of our trips, and you’d like to know more, please feel free to send us an email HERE, and Natalie or I will be happy to get back to you.

12 comments

Anna T July 6, 2023 - 3:23 pm

Hello Sharon, can you please tell me if it is mostly couples travelling on your tours, or whether women travelling alone can also come?

Thank you,

Anna T

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SHARON SANTONI July 6, 2023 - 3:40 pm

Hi Anna, We are often asked this question! In actual fact, most of our clients are ladies travelling alone. We sometimes host couples, and sometimes two girlfriends travelling together, or two sisters.
The great thing is that within a few hours of the start of the tour, people are already chatting happily, and enjoying getting to know each other.
You’d be very welcome to join our tour, so just let us know if you have any other questions

Kindly, Sharon

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Kelly A Jones July 6, 2023 - 3:24 pm

Bonjour! I travelled with you a couple of years ago on your brocante tour in Normandy. I LOVED it!! Please can you tell me if there is much brocante buying on your trips to Provence, and if there is then you’ll see me in 2024!

Kelly Ann

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SHARON SANTONI July 6, 2023 - 8:43 pm

Hi Kelly, I remember you on our tour! Of course we’d love to see you again. On our Provence tours we generally shop for antiques three times at least during the week. I think you’d love it!
best
Sharon

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Please let me know if your excursions are primarily for couples or if women traveling alone are also welcome.

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Tell me, please, whether ladies traveling alone are accepted on these trips or if they are generally for couples.

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The MFCH Tour seems like a perfect blend of adventure and inspiration. I can imagine the joy of discovering Provence indulging in delicious meals and exploring the rich local culture.
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