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Small group tours to Europe with Culinary Instructor Karen Gros

Behind-the-scenes bakery tour

Posted by on Jun 5, 2013 in Paris, Travel with Karen | 0 comments

Behind-the-scenes bakery tour

Given the association of Paris with croissants and baguettes, it’s unthinkable to come to Paris without an understanding of how the buttery, flaky pastry and light & fluffy bread du jour are made.  Croissants and other pastries made with puff pastry are known as viennoiseries because they originate from Vienna. My group delights in a behind-the-scenes bakery tour, where we hover inside a bakery in the 18th arrondissement of Paris to witness firsthand the preparation of baguettes and croissants. Croissants au beurre are made with, you guessed it, pure butter (versus the...

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10 Days in the South of France ~ Provence

Posted by on Feb 15, 2013 in Homepage, Travel with Karen | 0 comments

10 Days in the South of France ~ Provence

My tour of Provence takes you through quaint villages and the picturesque countryside of the region’s interior, as well as the strikingly beautiful coast between Marseille and Cassis.  The region is large and varied, and we allow ourselves the time to explore as much of its charm as possible, while still retaining the serenity aroused by rolling vineyards & the song of cicadas.  With family & friends peppered throughout, Provence has become a home away from home for us. I limit this trip to 8 people, determined by the number of seats available in the non-commercial minivan that I...

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10 Days along The Country Roads of Normandy & Brittany

Posted by on Jan 18, 2013 in Normandy & Brittany, Travel with Karen | 0 comments

10 Days along The Country Roads of Normandy & Brittany

Full of charm and fascinating history, my trip to Normandy & Brittany is both rustic and serene.   The architecture, the weather, the food, the history, and even the seafood are all unique to this area of rich medieval origins. I limit this trip to 8 people, determined by the number of seats available in the non-commercial minivan that I rent.  With me in the driver’s seat of a 9-passenger minivan, we take off, as a group of friends on an adventure ~ exploring the coastline, as well as the country villages. Regional specialties delight; learn why the Camembert cheese you’ve tasted...

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14 Days in Greece ~ Athens & the Greek Isles

Posted by on Sep 7, 2012 in Greece: Athens & the Greek isles, Homepage, Travel with Karen | 0 comments

14 Days in Greece ~ Athens & the Greek Isles

I first came to Greece over 25 years ago.  Then, as now, I find blissful joy in wandering aimlessly, exploring, and taking photos of the white-washed houses, staircases and doorways, flower pots, turquoise domed-churches, and the food of course!  Seeking out authentic food is my most passionate mission of all. The stunning white villages against the striking blue Aegean Sea provide a magnificent backdrop from which to begin a journey of discovery ~ our history,  Greek food, culture and tradition.  We start this journey at the base of the ancient high city, and watch history unfold as we...

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Dinner with our French family in Marseille

Posted by on Aug 13, 2012 in The South of France, Travel with Karen | 0 comments

Dinner with our French family in Marseille

One of the highlights of my trip to Provence is weaving in time with our French family.  My husband is from Marseille, and the majority of his family is still there. My sister-in-law Christine and brother-in-law Claude graciously invite us over for a buffet dinner with family in their charming garden. Needless to say, a delightful time was had by all.  It was the first night of the tour, and as was hoped in the van to depart, one traveler exclaimed, “WOW, how are we ever going to top THAT?” Franco-American buffet with our French family in Marseille Colorful and diverse buffet...

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French conversation with our niece Elise

Posted by on Aug 10, 2012 in The South of France | 0 comments

French conversation with our niece Elise

Our niece, Elise, is a linguist who teaches French to foreigners.  She lives with her fiancé, Sébastien, on his family winery nestled in the rolling hills of the St. Tropez peninsula. Elise guides us on a seaside walk, followed by a lovely lunch and French conversation.  Lunch is composed of Sébastien’s grandmother’s recipe of anchoïade (thick anchovy vinaigrette served with a platter of crudités), quiche lorraine, baguette and cheese plate, fresh fruit tarts and the famous tarte Tropézienne.  Sébastien joins us for a presentation of his AOC Côtes de Provence wines...

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