Our guests remember Provence.... 'I don't know of a more unique and exciting tour.... Like spending a week visiting with friends in France.... The best tour for the 'epicurious'!' Our guests recall their Provence experiences in their own words, and you can read their recollections by clicking on this link to Provence tour testimonials.
Each participant in our Provence Culinary Tours leaves with a wealth of unique experiences and recollections of the culture, cuisine and hospitality of this unique region in the south of France. Below, several guests on recent tours share their personal observations about what sets Carole and Bernard's tours apart from the typical culinary tour.
"What stands out for us as being most unique about our 2003 Provence Tour with Carole and Bernard was that it didn't seem at all like a "tour". Instead, it truly felt as though we were spending a week visiting with friends or family in France. We did all our "touring" by car, with Carole or Bernard driving. We visited shops, villages, restaurants and homes where they were both well known. We were able to visit places where "tourists" don't usually go and to be treated as "locals". Our group was small seven of us and cohesive, and we were able to enjoy each other's company and personalities."
"It was truly a unique and wonderful experience. Having had the opportunity to see their fabulous home in Montfrin as it was, at that time, still undergoing extensive renovation, we are anxious to do the tour again, if only for the opportunity to stay there."
Hal & Barbara Kaplan
The Provence Tour of Carole and Bernard is an original combination of cuisine and culture both classy and comfortable, like the Good News Cafe itself. Fascinating experiences range from everyday shopping and food preparation at their home in a tiny provincial town, to a master class in the finest hotel kitchen in Avignon. There is a similar range in wine tastings, from a small family-run organic grower to a prestigious Chateauneuf-du-Pape vineyard. Visits to great dining spots discovered by Bernard in beautiful towns from the mountains to the Mediterranean coast, along with terrific conversation and laughs, are a daily highlight.
The best tour for the epicurious !
Cynthia Newby & Jan Napier
I don t know of a more unique and exciting tour than the one that Carole Peck and Bernard Jarrier have been offering in Provence. What a thoughtful and meaningful trip they plan! I ve learned a great deal from them since they are both quite knowledgeable about the region its history, its food and its culture. Clearly, the tour is a value!
It should be a first for everyone. I look forward to my third return this year!
Guest Book Entries
Dear Carole and Bernard,
We think you are peerless in your hospitality! You made us feel welcome in your home and unlocked the secretes of Provence for us. Thank you for your unflagging enthusiasm, energy and good will. The whole week was infused with your genuine love for each other, the region, and concern for us. that is what made the week truly special.
Amy and Bob
My body and soul have grown through my "most pleasant" experiences in Provence...
Thanks Bernard and Carole for a wonderfully varied exposure to so many aspects of Provence. I especially loved the cooking classes- Carole's most of all...
Bernard and Carole,
Merci! Thank you so much for making Provence come alive for us. The wonderful meals, the cooking lessons, intimate glimpses of village life, your hospitality-- In short, the great memories and once-in-a-life-time experience you gave us.
All our Best!
--Julia and Leonard
...From a culinary standpoint, I was in heaven. I learned new techniques, flavor combinations and found out how luscious pigeon can be. your choice in restaurants showed me another side of french food. Simple and perfectly executed. This was a revelation for me because my previous impression of french cuisine was heavy sauce laden foods...
You have been wonderful hosts and I hope to return one day to experience more of your beautiful corner of France.
...The meals and the travel have seemed like presents we got to unwrap each day, slowly, to savor the surprise from breakfast through the last evening drink. Thank you for your careful and thoughtful planning that allowed us so many delightful discoveries...
Wilda Hayes & Ron Olson
Carole & Bernard- Wonderful cuisine, fantastic touring and great new friends! I could not ask for more!! Thank you for a week filled with memories and laughter.
Merci Carole, Bernard et Tatoo:
There truly is no substitute for a local tour from the locals, complete with the comfort and hospitality of your beautiful home. The food, the wine, and the wonderful discoveries all came together to make this a mother/daughter holiday of a lifetime.
Mary, Marsha & Ann