As well as creating flowery gorgeousness, I've been busy lately putting together an amazing escorted (by me) trip to France for April/May 2016 and I'm wondering if there's anyone who might be interested? I'd like to take a small group of like-minded people away on a magical trip to Paris and Provence.
Like-minded means you need a sense of fun and adventure, you probably have a passion for flowers and the delights of nature, you enjoy delicious food and good wine and you might even be keen on taking a few photos to record your memories of this trip of a lifetime...
So here is what I have in mind...
Late in April ( exact date to be confirmed) we'd fly to PARIS where we'd stay for 6 nights in a lovely hotel in a nice neighbourhood, just a few minutes walk from the Eiffel Tower (incidentally, here's one of my gazillion photos of it!)
We'd explore the delights of this beautiful city where I've lived for a while and visited many times since. I speak the lovely lingo too which you might find is an added bonus!
Hemingway's moveable feast would have nothing on us as we soak up the gorgeousness...taking in an amazing food market, a pique-nique in Luxembourg Gardens, a dinner cruise on the river Seine, an art gallery or two and lots of delicious exploring.
Also on the menu is an escorted day trip to Monet's garden of inspiration in Giverny and an optional day trip to Amsterdam to see those tulips...
Next we'd take the fast train to Avignon where we'd base ourselves for 5 nights in gorgeous bed and breakfast accommodation near the charming town of Isle sur la Sorgue, known for its amazing market and antique treasures. From here a gallant and handsome chauffeur would take us on daily mini-van jaunts to visit some of France's most beautiful villages - including Roussillon, Gordes and the divine La Fontaine de Vaucluse.
Provence is beautiful at any time of year, and especially in the spring with poppies abundant and picture-postcard vistas at every turn.
We'd feast on the finest local cuisine and sample the delicious wines of Chateauneuf-du-Pape and the surrounding region. We could also do some cooking classes if you fancied...
All too soon, it would be time to take the TGV back to London, from where you could choose to head straight home or tarry a while and travel some more if you wanted to.
Now for the burning question...how much would all this cost?
It's looking like it would be $9950 pp for everything (based on a group of 7 people travelling). $9950 includes return economy flights from Auckland - Paris and London - Auckland, 11 nights quality accommodation in your own room, all train travel and transport, entry to all the places we visit and most of your meals and drinks.
I'll put together a detailed itinerary and more information soon. I'm just looking for expressions of interest at this stage. No commitment yet. Message me soon if you're keen or would like to find out anything at all.