La Belle France

September 4 - 22, 2023

While Paris readily comes to mind as the iconic French experience, France has many hidden gems that will take your breath away. Brittany is both dramatic and quaint at the same time. Its stunning beaches with turquoise waters rival the Caribbean. Medieval walled villages and megalithic sites abound, all wrapped up in a thriving Celtic cultural heritage.

 

The lure of the Loire Valley is the magnificent storybook chateaux that dot the countryside, magnificent world-class wines, spectacular scenery and a rich history.

 

The Dordogne, Land of 1001 Castles, is simply pure magic. With rolling hills, lush forests and massive cliffs as its backdrop, this region is the ideal place to experience French history and culture. Known as the Prehistoric Capital of France, there are more than 200 Paleolithic sites including Lascaux Cave, a UNESCO site filled with more than 600 prehistoric paintings. What visit to France wouldn't include Bordeaux, the Wine Capital of France? And there's chocolate, too.

 

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“In France we have a saying, ‘Joie de vivre,’

which actually doesn’t exist in the English language.

It means looking at your life as something that is to be taken

with great pleasure and enjoy it."

 

 ~ Mireille Guiliano

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We'll meander south near Toulouse where you can immerse yourself in the soul of France wedged between the Pyrenees and a short distance from the Mediterranean. Here you can dine on Spanish tapas, surround yourself with the artistic presence once only found the Parisian past and wander the galleries, boutiques and cafes.

 

Mix in the endemic and authentic arts found throughout western France and you have an epic sojourn for the fiber art enthusiast. From Breton lace and embroidery to the medieval Bayeux Tapestry commissioned in the 1070s; perusing the many galleries and savoring legendary crepes in the medieval riverfront town of Dinan, this is an epic sojourn. There is even a plethora of authentic local artisanal yarns. We'll knit with Shirl the Purl, author and knitting goddess from Newfoundland and weave with Lynne Curran, Tapestry Weaver Extraordinaire, at Chateau Dumas, a beautiful 18th century estate with 22 acres of private gardens located in the countryside in southwest France. Come experience Belle France in a totally unique way.

 

Advance Notice Registration will begin mid-February. Stay tuned...