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ACTIVITY HOLIDAY GUIDE 2014


cycling & Roadbike tours


Leisure Discover French cooking via the many tempting courses on offer at La Cuisine BF France Today 90x104 10/12/13 17:14 Page 1


Walking & cycling holidays in the real France


Belle France offers leisurely holidays through the most beautiful and interesting parts of France.


On our walking and cycling holidays your luggage is moved for you whilst you travel at your own pace with our detailed maps and notes.


Relax in the evening in charming family run hotels, offering a good standard of accommodation, gourmet meals and a warm friendly welcome.


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01580 214091 www.bellefrance.co.uk


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accompanied by small production wines and artisanal cheeses.” Judy Kao of Belfast, Maine describes her Paris class as a fantastic experience: “Susan’s friendly, warm spirit enhances her many years of teaching experience. The class was small, giving students ample opportunities for hands-on learning. We shopped at an outdoor market; enjoyed tastings of olive oil, sea salt and wine, and a delicious leisurely lunch was the reward for our labour. “Susan’s classes are very special because she makes them that way. I’d recommend them to anyone with an interest in food and France!” For her part, fellow student Beverly Crofoot adds: “Not only is Susan a fantastic cook and amazingly welcoming in her home, but she gives her students an entreé into the life of a French town. Visits to the market, chatting with her farmer friends, tastings of wine and cheese… vive la France!” Back in Paris, La Cuisine


(www.lacuisineparis.com) is an in-demand cooking school in a prime location, facing the Seine on the Quai de l’Hôtel-de-Ville. In fact, it’s so well-liked that they welcome back many repeat guests, each of whom are keen to try all of the school’s


themed classes, which range from market tours (4 hours, €150 per person, including cooking class) to croissant-making (3 hours, €95 per person) to technical classes with poultry (3 hours, €95 per person). “I loved my ‘Macaron’ class,” raves Kasia Dietz, an American expat who is a handbag designer in Paris, “it was a real hands-on experience with chefs specialised in the savoir-faire of a French kitchen.” Outside of the classroom, La Cuisine leads culinary tours that are peppered with historic anecdotes, including one of King Louis XIV’s vegetable garden at Versailles. “La Cuisine was created from our passion for cultural exchange,” explains co-founder Jane Bertch, “our love of contact with others, and our love for the most simple yet profound gift that you can share with others: food.” There’s a buzz in Beaune


concerning The Cook’s Atelier (www.thecooksatelier.com), an epicurean centre launched by American mother-daughter team of Marjorie Taylor and Kendall Smith Franchini, who are big believers in the Slow Food movement. The atelier is located in a 17th century building in the heart of the historic city. Their ‘Market Tour and Cooking Class’,


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