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Marybeth, Jess, and Amy will offer a variety of movement and mindfulness sessions daily.
SUNDAY, October 22
Kim and Walter, our hosts for the week, meet you at Montparnasse TGV station and accompany you via TGV rail to your Chateau home for the week.
Enjoy a meet-and-greet with homemade hors d’oeuvres and locally produced wines, followed by a tour of the Chateau. Explore the grounds or unwind in the elegant rooms of the Chateau until it is time for our Gourmet Welcome Dinner.
MONDAY, October 23
After breakfast at the Chateau, we will visit Kim and Walter's friends, English-speaking wine experts, Cathy and Nigel, at Le Tasting Room. The day begins with coffee and sweets, and includes a comprehensive tasting and homemade gourmet lunch in the comfort of their old “barrel cellar”. We spend the majority of the day with them at their home which is also their business. Built between the 16th century and 1869 it’s a typical winemaker’s home built from the local limestone and is partially underground. During the morning Cathy leads a tutored tasting of 6 different wines from 6 appellation regions of Loire Valley wine. You’ll come away with a greater understanding of the region as a whole and taste wines from at least 7 producers . Enjoy a home cooked lunch prepared by Cathy and Nigel and served in their beautiful candlelit cellar. They use their own herbs and salads from the garden and their cheese is sourced from the specialty cheese shop Beillevaire in Angers, a Loire based company with shops in Paris & London. Gourmet Dinner at the Chateau.
TUESDAY, October 24
After breakfast at the chateau, we will drive through the French countryside to Angers, capital of the ancient province of Anjou. You will have the opportunity to explore the Angers with the group or on your own. Highlights include great shopping, dining, the Cathedral and the Château - home of the Fourteenth Century Apocalypse Tapestry, the largest tapestry in the world. Don’t miss a great opportunity for gift-shopping. Dinner at the Château.
WEDNESDAY, October 25
Breakfast at the Chateau, leisurely morning, then we visit the nearby Château du Lude. Gourmet Picnic lunch by Artistic Gourmet Adventures. The original medieval fortress, built to defend Anjou, has been added to over the centuries and now each facade is an example of a different era of French architecture. During the Hundred Years war Le Lude was occupied by the English but was later liberated by Gilles de Rais, better known as Bluebeard. In 1457 Jehan de Daillon, chamberlain to Louis XI acquired the castle and his descendants employed Italian artists to convert the fortress into a residence. Defensive slit-windows were opened up into sculpted, mullioned windows letting in lots of light. In 1685 the last member of the Daillon family died and the castle was bought by Joseph Duvelaer, a member of the East Indian Company. He carried out major restorations and left the property to his niece the Marquise de la Vieuville. She built the West Wing which is a lovely example of Classical French architecture. Upon her death the castle passed to the Talhouet family, whose descendants Count and Countess de Nicolay still live in the castle. Inside the chateau there are some very lavishly decorated rooms and there is a Cabinet of Paintings, which is an Italian-style stud iolo (a type of painted room) which is the only one in a French chateau and is a treat. The old vaulted kitchens in the basement are very impressive. Don’t miss the lovely parterre garden on the upper terrace filled with a mass of roses, alliums, nepeta and much more. This overlooks a more formal garden which runs along the edge of the river to a Chinese pavilion surrounded by another garden. There is also a large and very impressive kitchen garden.
THURSDAY, October 26
After breakfast, we will venture out for an exciting morning of shopping at the large weekly town market in Chinon. Amazing deals can be found in clothing, shoes, crafts and local and regional delicacies. After lunch at the market*, we head to Martin de Candre, maker of hundreds of locally made artisanal French soaps (savonnerie artisanale), once sold in Barney’s of New York and great for gift-giving. After this enjoyable stop, back to the Chateau for a wonderful dinner.
FRIDAY, October 27
Breakfast at the Chateau, then transportation to the Le Mans train station for your return home or on to your next destination-Paris!
WHAT IS INCLUDED?
6 days and 5 nights in a Loire Valley chateau.
All classes and workshops.
All excursions in the Loire Valley.
Round Trip transportation to the chateau from Le Mans rail station in the Loire Valley.
Breakfasts, picnic lunches, dinners (and wine) in the chateau.
Airfare and transportation to the Loire Valley are NOT included
Optional Activities and accommodations in Paris are NOT included.
Travel Insurance is required and can be bought on line fromTravelguard.com/ or Allianz Travel Insurance.com.
$3100 pp single occupancy
$2750 pp double occupancy
Nonrefundable deposit of $750 pp due upon booking.
Register at http://artisticgourmetadventures.com/sojourn-desprit/
Optional Activities in Paris:
October 21: Bus Discoteque à Paris
October 27: Seine River Dinner Cruise