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.

 Digging for a black truffle mid-winter in Provence.

Digging for a black truffle mid-winter in Provence.

Winter Truffle/wine/foie gras excursions:

An all inclusive week in the land of truffles and fabulous wines. Indulge your senses for seven decadent days and nights in Avignon and the villages of Provence:

- hunt black truffles in the hills of the Lubéron
- visit the Carpentras truffle market
- prepare truffles, foie gras, duck confit, smoked duck breast & decadent chocolate desserts
- shop the local markets
- taste exquisite chocolates in St. Rémy at the Chocolatier Joel Durand
- savor rich red wines (and perhaps some rare white) in Châteauneuf-du-Pape
- feast among friends
- hike the olive groves and limestone hills
- dine at our favorite restaurants, both simple and elegant
- explore Avignon, the city of the Popes, the villages of the Lubéron and the Alpilles


Beautiful accommodations in a private home inside the ancient Ramparts of the city of Avignon for seven nights included.

 The divine simplicity of a fresh black truffle, olive oil, salt and a crunchy baguette.

The divine simplicity of a fresh black truffle, olive oil, salt and a crunchy baguette.

Dates for Winter 2019:
February 3- February 10 (Sunday to Sunday);
 


Feel free to email me any questions you have (see envelope image on bottom of page).  Do let me know if you would like assistance with your travel arrangements.

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The closest international airport to Avignon is Marseille Marignane - an hour by taxi (expect to pay about 120E for the taxi ride).

Alternatively, you can fly into Paris and take the TGV to Avignon (the train station is located inside Charles de Gaulle airport). Be sure that you make one reservation for the plane and train, assuring yourself that if your plane is delayed, you do not forfeit your train ticket. The TGV station is a very short ride by shuttle to the city of Avignon.

The tour begins with a welcome dinner on the first evening (Sunday February 3) and concludes after breakfast the morning of your departure, ( Sunday morning February 10). Some details may be altered should the need arise.

Space is limited to 6 people.

 A truffle in the hand is a worthy feast in the evening.

A truffle in the hand is a worthy feast in the evening.

Psst. It's even more fun to travel with a friend to share the experience.