Madeleine Vedel

The Curious Writer and Guide to Food, Wine, Cheese, & Travel in Provence

Madeleine Vedel is a writer, photographer and teacher. Over a peripatetic life she has become an accomplished goat cheese maker, a culinary tour guide in Provence, a translator and writer of articles and stories. Trained in France, she brings her culinary, wine and cheese know-how across the Atlantic to Northern Michigan. During the winter, she organizes culinary tours out of her home in Avignon, France.

French Chocolate Tour: Paris to Provence

February 26 - March 3, 2020

A selection of gânache-filled chocolates from Avignon chocolatier  Aline Géhant .

A selection of gânache-filled chocolates from Avignon chocolatier Aline Géhant.

 

Do you share our love of chocolate?

Decadence, flavor, mastery… A tour to some of the best chocolatiers in France. Sample their wares, meet the artists behind the creations and visit their exquisite boutiques.

Join me, your interpreter & guide to French culture and award-winning, Michigan chocolatier Jody Hayden, owner of Grocer’s Daughter Chocolates in Empire, Michigan as we tour fascinating, chocolate filled cities.

Provence to Paris: Eight Days of Chocolate and so much more!

February 26 Day 1 - Wednesday - Welcome dinner at our rental home in Provence

February 27 Day 2 - Thursday – Visit Avignon chocolatier Aline Géant, tour of her chocolate shop, explore Avignon, free lunch, chocolate class with Jody, dinner prepared together at the house.

February 28 Day 3 - Friday – Provençale Artisan visits: baker, olive oil mill and St Rémy de Provence chocolatier Joël Durand, explore the village nestled at the base of the Alpilles hills; dinner in the countryside with goat cheese maker Claudine

February 29 Day 4 - Saturday – Visit Les Halles in Avignon - lunch free - Afternoon Châteauneuf-du-Pape wine tasting with chef-sommelier Guy Brémond of Cave St. Charles, collaborative dinner in Châteauneuf-du-Pape.

March 1 Day 5 - Sunday – Head to Paris by the morning train; dinner in Paris together. Accommodations in a lovely hotel.

March 2 Day 6 - Monday – A day to explore Paris sites, free lunch, museums, & shop.

March 3 Day 7– Tuesday - multiple chocolatier visits and tastings. Lunch together at a local bistrot. Goodbye dinner in Paris restaurant.

March 4 Day 8 - Take the bus to the airport. Travel safe!

Price per person $3950.

Single supplement $525

To sign up click here

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Optional add-on Pre-Tour: February 23 - February 26

Bordeaux : Three Days of Wine & Chocolate

February 23 Sunday - Day 1 Meet-up at the Bordeaux Train Station - Stay in beautiful in-town 3 star hotel. Dinner together.

February 24 Monday  - Day 2 Bordeaux – winery visits in the beautiful village of St. Emillion. Lunch together in the village, free dinner.

February 25 Tuesday -Day 3 Bordeaux – Visit the shop of the award winning woman chocolatier Hasnaâ, named the top chocolatier of 2016 by the Club Coqueurs de Chocolat, then head to the Cité du Vin to learn about wine and the Grands Crus of Bordeaux. Lunch together, free dinner.

February 26 Wednesday - Day 4 Depart Bordeaux by train to Avignon - picnic lunch on the train; dinner together with the rest of our group joining us at this point in the tour.

Add-on fee $1175

Single supplement $225

To sign up click here

 
Sea salt topped chocolate tart in toasted hazelnut crust.

Sea salt topped chocolate tart in toasted hazelnut crust.

Payment can be made by credit card (in full) or by check (half with your reservation and the remaining balance one month before departure). For the address to send the second option please email me by clicking on the envelope icon at the bottom of this page.

The closest international airport is Marseille Marignane - an hour by taxi (expect to pay about 120E for the taxi ride, though Uber has arrived in France and is now an option).

Alternatively, you can fly into Paris and take the TGV to Avignon (the train station is located inside Charles de Gaulle airport). Be sure to opt for a train ticket with an extended window and/or insurance so that should your plane be delayed (winter travel), you do not forfeit your train ticket.

You might also consider a longer trip to France/Europe and spend a couple days in Paris or up north before taking the train to Avignon.

The tour begins with a welcome dinner on the first evening and concludes after breakfast on the last day.