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Emily Durand, Your Private Provence tour guide

Explorations of a Guide

Saint Augustine said, “The world is a book and those who do not travel read only one page.” I don’t know about you but I just can’t stop with one page. Curiosity gets the best of me, pushing me out the door to see, observe, and sometimes to just « be » in what surrounds me. When the day ends, when a tour ends, when I sit and reminisce, it’s often this very moment I feel the inspiration. Joy and happiness are often felt after…in the time we have to reflect on our experiences. And so to keep the beauty of life lingering, to remind myself of what is so unique and special about moments, places, and history, I write…

There are always flowers for those who want to see them. -Henri Matisse</citeSmall group Provence Spring Tour connecting you to nature and immersing you into the Provencal way of life… Request your tour today
Sometimes people ask me what my favorite season is in Provence.  I usually say spring as I love the wild flowers but when October comes around I am at awe with the ruby reds and golden yellows. An October tour in Provence provides stunning colors and a quieter, less busy touristy atmosphere.
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Hidden treasures in Provence Yesterday morning, while walking the ancient Roman road near my house in Cavaillon, I stumbled upon more than ancient ruins. Not just one, not just two but a handful of lavender plants here and there. Surrounded by pine trees, thyme and limestone blocks from the Roman…
Authentic Provence: genuine, real, veritable share the sense of actuality and lack of falsehood or misrepresentation The above could be a definition of “Authentic”.  So if we talk about an “authentic bistro”, what would we be talking about?
Tour Avignon the best way – gourmet food, away from the noise, in the secret spots and with time to soak it all in… There is something about standing at the comptoir with a double expresso in a french looking coffee cup and starting the day with the locals. It was early morning and the indoor …
I can’t say that I was a culinary fanatic when I first moved to France, but I can say today that France has turned me into a foodie. Produce, healthy pride, the way to savor, the way to mix and match, the art of eating and drinking – everything flows together making food much more than just a ti…