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Brocante Tours

Welcome to Jackdaw Brocante and Cuisine Tours! My name is Dee Poquette and I would like to invite you to come with me to Provence, a region famous all over the world for its craggy beauty, its enchanting ancient hilltop villages and its superb food and wine. Each tour is a delightful balance of adventure followed by repose at the end of each day. While basking in sun-soaked landscapes, we can taste new foods, meet new friends, and peruse the constantly replenished antique markets. Who knows, maybe you will come home with that perfect hand-stitched linen or a set of hand blown 19th-century champagne flutes you have always wanted. We will spend seven wonderful days browsing and shopping in the plentiful local antique, flea and food markets. During the week we will make an appearance in famous cities such as Nice, Aix-en-Provence, St-Paul-de-Vence, Sanary-sur-Mer, Cassis and Isle-sur-le-Sorgue. How about a private tour of a Boulangerie early one morning to see, according to a recent guest, “where the bread magic happens?” One afternoon we will venture to a local goat farm to learn just what goes into producing fromage de chevre, and sample some you’re not likely to find at your local grocer’s. You can’t visit the Cote d’Azur without taking a boat ride to the breathtakingly beautiful Calanques. Weather permitting, Jackdaw tours will be there! Last but not least, we will tour a local winery/distributor in the Bandol region.   

I personally select our lodgings to assure guests of an authentic experience of Provencal ambiance and accommodations. While the three hotels vary, the criteria are the same: location, comfort, safety, cleanliness and charm all at the right price. For three nights we will be staying at the lovely Mas du Cimai. The Mas, a newly restored 19th-century farmhouse with heated pool and “summer kitchen”, is situated in the tranquil countryside of  Provence, centrally located for convenient access to our daily excursions. The farmhouse provides the ideal escape from the hustle and bustle of a busy day’s touring. 

Our second hotel, also for three nights, will be the Hotel Saint Christophe in Aix-en-Provence. The Saint Christophe, is a four star Art Deco style hotel situated conveniently across the street from Aix’s bustling Saturday morning market.

Our third and final hotel is in Nice. The Grand Hotel Le Florence (three stars) allows for easy access to the Nice airport and is just a ten-minute walk from the beaches and Old Town.

Besides shopping, tasting and sampling, we will have a ‘hands on’ cooking experience, a class just for us with Chef Pierre Laury at the Mas du Cimai. 

I have spent the last 10 years traveling to France shopping, eating and experiencing the European way of life. My boutique tours are a unique way to combine shopping at daily markets while discovering and sharing the pleasures offered by the incomparable region of  Provence. Jackdaw Tours can be for the first time buyer, window shopper, serious collector, or just a lover of all things French.

If you would like more information please email me and I will be happy to get back to you.
Email: jackdawbrocanteandcuisine@yahoo.com