Thanks for resting your eyeballs here for a moment.(They are resting, right?) If you rest them a little longer, you may learn some interesting,(hopefully)entertaining, and, yes, ocassionally BIZARRE things about FRENCH COUNTRY LIFE(more…)
Whether you prefer to call it a French Photographic Vacation, Landscape Photo Workshop France , French Nature Photo Workshop, or a Digital Photo Vacation Workshop France – the end result is the same. “A Rose by any other name” basically.
Because whichever label you choose the experience is the same. Fantastic! Unforgettable! Awesome! And Incredible! It WILL be all those marvy adjectives and more, if and when you(and your camera) join Da Bg for his 2016 French Photo Holiday Tour.
Bicycle Gourmet’s 2016 French Photo Tour – guided, bien sur by DA BG is chock full of Photo Ops.
As a Professional Photographer, I can confirm that the beauty and variety of the French Landscape is nothing short of Awesome. With a capital “A.”
But France is much more than just Photo Ops. It’s History. Culture. Cuisine. Wine. Fashions. And most importantly – the incredible genuine hospitality of the French People.
That’s why every year – my other committments permitting – I cycle through the French Country backroads with 6 or 8 lucky Francophiles (never more) sharing the Treasures of France I know intimately.
These voyages of discovery go down in June, July and September. (NEVER August. The month all the French take their holidays!)
Here’s the skinny:
June – The Loire Valley.
Ok, first of all, Da Bg lives there. That should tell ya something – right? And when, you experience the rich tapestry of this region, you’ll understand why it was the playground for the ancient Kings of France. Naturally we won’t neglect the marvy Chateau’s in which they cavorted – but “Da Bg Advantage” is my intimate knowledge of the tiny villages and off the beaten track spots – that are not in the guidebooks.
July – The Drome Provencal.
This region, is just above(north) of the PACA(Provence Alps Cote D’Azur) region. It being too famous for the Riviera, Cannes, Nice, etc.
The main advantages of “le Drome” are that it has virtually the same climate as it’s way more crowded Southern neighbour,(and thus the same fruits and veggies), and is WAY less crowded. Plus dotted with picture postcard villages, filled with friendly (not picture postcard) people.
September – Vaucluse. Hilltop Villages in the Luberon National Park.
This one is “first among equals” for Da Bg – as I used to hang my (non-existant) hat there.
While the village of Gordes is the most over famous/touristated, there is much more charm (and fewer visitors) in the adjoining villages of Bonnieux, Lacoste ( Chateau of the Marquis de Sade – the original “tough love” guy) and Roussillon. Renowned for it’s ocre cliffs. And the dust from them. Prized by artists the World over.
All of this – in a National Park! What more could ya want?
The Nitty Gritty:
I only do one tour per month.
Prices vary each season. Due to those items I provide (accomodation/food/bike rentals, etc.) whose prices also vary each year. Contact me for this season’s rates.
There is no “singles supplement.”
You arrive on a Sunday. Welcome meal on me. Then 10 days in the saddle. Goodbye meal(on me) on the second Wednesday. Thursday – you go home.
Difficulty . A piece of cake (The Loire) to moderate (The Drome) to moderate with an occasional challenge. (Hilltop Villages)
Here’s how previous client’s rated “Da Bg Experience:”
“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!
Bicycle Gourmet’s French Chateau – truth be told – is not actually owned by your humble scribbler. But it is the one, of all I have known and seen – that I would like to be the owner of.
While it’s a cliche to say Chenonceau is “steeped in History” (and what French Chetau isn’t?) it is a history basically of rivalry and romance. The rivalry being between the Queen of that moment –Catherine de Medici, and Diane de Poitiers. The tutor, and later mistress of KingHenri 2. My faithful readers ( all three of them) will recall I told this tale in THIS POST.
As the visual aspect of Chenonceau is it’s most distinctive and unique exterior feature, here are three videos that will giver you -as you would imagine – three different flavors of this very large slice of French History:
Authors note: Chenonceau, although a classified Historical monument is owned by the Menier Family. (They of – at least in france – chocolate fame)
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