In 2011, I visited Gaujac in Southern France for the first time. I knew then that I had found my home away from home. I had chosen to stay at the Rhone Retreat, a French holiday B&B (bed & breakfast) consisting of lovely cottages in a quiet village near the city of Avignon. During this trip, I met and befriended Ken Jourdan, the owner of Rhone Retreat. We were instant friends.
Over conversations during my visit, inspiration flowed. We envisioned working together, utilizing our combined talents to form a series of workshops and art tours. We agreed that the Rhone Retreat would be the perfect setting for this endeavor. It's a beautiful property, established in the early 1800’s, located in the quaint village of Gaujac, and surrounded by numerous vineyards, historical sites and activities. Soon after, Ken began the Americans in Provence tours he is now known in the region for.
In the 8 years from our initial meeting, I traveled to France and surrounding areas several times, each visit more inspirational than the last. Fast forward to 2019 and I am finally realizing my dream of curating PROVENCE FROM AN ARTISTS’ POINT OF VIEW, an art tour co-hosted with Ken Jourdan!
My many visits revealed that the local group tours didn't offer experiences with an artist's point of view. I wanted to create a tour that offered something different from other tours, one that inspires creativity. Personally curated to incorporate many of the wonderful experiences I’ve had in the Rhone Valley region, a region rich with history, art, architecture, culture and lifestyle, my tour's focus will be visiting some of the most charming and out of the way sites, including artist studios, cities, villages, museums and galleries.
Did I mention the tour is limited to small groups of 4-6 people? Guests will be delighted by the tastes and style of the area along with the intimacy and personal service a small group tour offers.
Days will be filled with views of the beautiful French countryside while we journey to medieval villages to shop at amazing markets. We'll enjoy visits to centuries old UNESCO sites, or perhaps travel through the Camargue Region were the Ancient breed of white horses and flamingos run free. Find inspiration while visiting local artists studios, galleries and art museums, or walk in the steps of the art masters. Hangout in a French cafe’ enjoying Cafe Au Liat and delicious handmade French Pastries soaking up the flavors and culture of the region.....
Proudly, I announced the PROVENCE FROM AN ARTISTS’ POINT OF VIEW tour in March and invited a group of friends for the inaugural trip. Within days, we were fully booked! The announcement of the tour has generated a great deal of excitement and many others have expressed the desire to take the tour.