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Best French Photo Workshop 2015

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Best French Photo Workshop 2015 - BG’s Cycling Photo Holiday Tour de France Course Workshop? Is it me? The holiest of French Photo holies, Am I to be anointed the ultimate guide to froggie photo ops? Only time will tell, right?

But since modesty prevents me from blowing my own horn, if you click HERE, you’ll find several of last year’s happy snappers blowing it for me.

Having the “best” label pinned on my(wherever you pin the best label) is not,has never been, and never will be on my “to have before I die list.” My mission is simply to share what I have to share. And with regard to this here patch o’ earth, I do (in all modesty) have a few moves.

First up: I’m still at it. Yes, after 10 plus years of gliding down dappled country backroads, I’m still backroads dapplin’(and snappin’ and filmin’.)

Second: I’ve got the photo cred. – as you can see HERE.

Third: I do have something to show for all those days of scorching heat and sudden August showers. The tip of that visual iceberg is HERE.

And to give you a little taste of what’s in store this year should you decide to become a little birdie under my photographic wing there’s THIS.

If that floats yer boat – the Details/Registration be HERE.


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Why Bicycle Gourmet’s French Photo Workshop 2015?

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Why Bicycle Gourmet’s French Photo Workshop 2015? What photo lessons can you get from DA BG’s Photography Classes that you could’nt get elsewhere?  That might be the better question. n’est ce pas?

Well, (delicately ,blowing my own horn, in a word: Experience. Consider a few facts that will get you on my “been there-done that” page.

1. Big dream to cycle around France with no fixed itinerary.

2. So jazzed by #1, returned year after year. Five months at a time.

3. Created a film series from my ten years plus serendipity travels through the French Countryside.

4. Now, Live there.

5. Still travelling them thar backroads, filming and photographing.

You’re getting my drift, are you not?

You can get the lowdown on

the Bicycle Gourmet’s 2015 French Photo holiday course workshop HERE.

And, Here, you can “OOH  AHH” to a video (not by me) that will give you a sneak peak at some of what’s waiting for BG snappers this year.



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Bicycle Gourmet’s Tour de France French Photo Course Workshop 2015



Bicycle Gourmet’s Tour de France French Photo  Course Workshop 2015  -  has Limited Availibilities in August and September. May/June/July – SOLD OUT!

Here’s da Skinny:

  1. Transportation for all workshops  is by BICYCLE. (Provided. You provide the lock) so…DON’T sign up for  if you have knee, back or heart problems.
  2. Non photographic partners are welcome. (There is no “singles supplement.”)
  3. STRICT LIMIT of 8 participants per workshop to allow the maximum amount of individual attention.

Workshop One: Loire Chateaux and River Villages.

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Gliding effortlessly along the cycle paths of Europe’s second largest river you’ll discover the Loire’s picture postcard river villages and the Chateaux of Angers, Saumur, Montsoreau, Chinon, Chambord, Chenonceau. (and more) Experiencing Summer in the Loire you’ll understand instantly why this was the preferred playground of Kings of France.

Dates :  August 9-16, 16 -23, 23 -30

Tuition : $700@person

Workshop Two Hilltop and Exceptional Villages of Provence.


Our route winds through the majestic Luberon National Park, where you’ll taste the exceptional wine of the village aptly named “Lumiere.”(light) Nearby your jaw will drop at the abundance of photo opps in the Hilltop Villages of Lacoste (Chateau of the Marquis de Sade), Menerbes, Bonnieux and Gordes.

Date:  September 6 -13, 13 – 20, 20-27

Tuition : $700@person



The Program: Day One: arrival/welcome drinks/meal.(on me) Day Two to Five: we shoot. Day Six: Free/Relax/Explore. Day Six pm : Drinks/Bon Voyage meal(on me) Day Seven: you return to your 9 to 5 hell! (jus’ kiddin’!)

Generally we shoot early morning/late afternoon evening, taking a break during the (often) searing heat of the day. Each night we review the day’s shooting.

Accomodation (included) is a mixture of small hotels, guest houses and gites, depending on the particular workshop.

Breakfast/welcome/departure drinks/meals – on me. Lunch/Dinner – on you. As well as transport to and from me.( Whenever possible/desireable we eat together.)

Questions? treasures@soulmuse21.



Some of Last Year’s Client’s…

“A truly incredible experience – on all levels. Photographic, senic and human. if you love france and photography, the bicycle gourmet has got your back!”

                                  Larry and Meg Evans, Beverly hills, CA.

“As brits who’ve visited France many times, we thought we’d seen it all. We were wrong! Very wrong. Our eyes, and our insights were opened wide by the knowledge and talent of Christopher Strong. He Shared his “Secret France” with us, and our small band of photo adventurers…leaving us with incredible memories and equally incredible images. We will be back!

                                 Nigel and Daphne Cavendish, London, UK

“What impressed us most about the Bicycle Gourmet’s Photo Workshop was his amazing knowledge of incredible  photographic locations, most of them not in any guidebook. This enabled even technically challenged photographers(like us!) to come away with images so fantastic, our friends couldn’t believe we took them. Christopher’s patience,accessibility, and obvious delight in sharing his love for France was contagious and very inspirational. Highly recommended!

                             Sven and Gudren Larssen, Stockholm, Sweden

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                                            TO RESERVE

Paypal 50% of the tuition fee to: treasures@soulmuse21.com indicating the workshop and dates you prefer. We’ll confirm your dates and/or suggest others if they aren’t available, as well as forward complete details.

                          Final Payment/Cancellations/Refunds

Final payment is due 60 days before the start date. Cancellation 30 days before the start date  - half refund.  Cancelling after 30 days – No refund.

I look forward to sharing the “Treasures of France” with you!




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