Let me tell you a little bit about me before you experience a true slice of French life with me – your host and personal guide who will help you discover the wonders and hidden marvels of Provence and Languedoc in the South of France.
I grew up in the countryside near Paris, France, and lived with my family in California since 1982. I traveled intensively around the world by myself, and have been fascinated by the multiple ways of life I encountered, the beauty and creativity of the arts, the rich history, and the diversity of the many people I met. Each experience made my life fuller.
France and the United States are very dear to my heart. The two cultures and history are intertwined from Lafayettte, to Ben Franklin, to the Statue of Liberty, to the First and Second World Wars, and so much more.
Many of my American friends have asked me about France, where to go, what to do, and so on. It made me realize that I would love to show them the “real France”, to make them feel like a local, treat them as my best friends, take them around to magnificent places, but also to wonderful places where the real everyday life is happening, to a picturesque café where the locals were discussing around a fresh croissant and a café-crème, to the bakery with the most irresistible bread, to the cheese maker at the farmers market, or to a little village on top of a mountain, to an amazing castle not mentioned in tour-guides, to a gourmet cooking class organized just for us… and so on!
So about ten years ago, I started to show people around France, and “France with Martine” was born. Since then I have been welcoming and guiding small groups of people around legendary regions of Provence, Languedoc, Cevennes, and Camargue in the South of France for an extraordinary vacation that people can afford.
People loved it, and I did to! Loving it more every year!
Before taking guests on day trips, Martine let them know at the beginning of their stay the cultural, artistic, gastronomic, and outdoor activities possible during their sojourn. Together they choose the agenda for the week. It can be modified at any moment.
During the day-trips, Martine gives details about the history, particularities, and traditions of each place. She takes people to well-known sites and to “hidden” places only known by locals, and she makes sure that her guests experience first hand culinary specialties, cultural traditions, and wonders unique to each area!
I have many interests–in particular: gardening, creating beauty with flowers, fruits, and vegetables; Fine arts, especially classical music and Opera; museums, painting, and sculpture are dear to me. I love to read. I also like to hike, play ping-pong, petanque (French bocce-ball), and I just started archery. I enjoy socializing and entertaining, preparing good meals, meeting new people, and of course … travel!
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