South of France and South of Spain Photo Tour (ONLY 1 SPOT REMAINS)

Celebrate the Flamenco Culture with Arthur Meyerson and Keron Psillas in the South of France and South of Spain, September 18 to 29, 2017 After repeated requests for this trip, here we go! White horses of the Camargue… CHECK! The Sherry Bodegas in Jerez de la Frontera and the mystery of the Alhambra in Seville? CHECK! But there is so much more to experience in both these locations. They are joined by a strong cultural thread…the thread of music and passion and dance. We’ll begin in the South of France with our first four nights in Saintes Maries de la Mer. Keron and I are known for finding charming accommodation for our trips, and this is no exception. Eclectic, chic, charming and welcoming describes our first stop. And that’s just our hotel! We’ll use this as our base for exploring the Camargue, photographing the white horses in the morning and evening light, and experiencing life on a ‘manade’. (The breeding farm in the South of France). We’ll see how the culture of the bull and bull fighting (on foot and bloodless!) shapes the life of the famed white horse. We’ll enjoy traditional meals and wines, and of course the olives, seafood, herbs and other delicacies that makes the South of France a food-lover’s destination. Keron has mentioned to me that her strongest impression of this region is the light. Hopefully the atmospherics will be with us as we get to know the area and survey the ‘etangs’ (inland briny lakes) for Flamingos and Bulls. We’ll have a special musical experience that will get us primed for the music in Spain! Ole’! (Yes, they say Ole’ in the South of France!) We’ll be meeting Keron’s friends at some of the best breeding establishments in the South of France. They’ll give us that special entree that we need for great photographs! With Keron getting us to the best spots at the right time, and our local ‘Camarguese’ giving us insider access, we’ll be perfectly set to take advantage of all the action. Keron speaks French fluently. After four nights in Saintes Maries de la Mer, we’ll move a little north to our 15th Century Chateau, the Chateau Roussan. It was built by the brother of Nostradamus, so of course it has a fascinating library! It’s also in a lovely quiet spot just 5 km south of St. Remy de Provence. We’ll spend our three days in this area enjoying the villages of Gorges, Eygalieres, Les Baux en Provence, and St. Remy. We’ll begin to understand how Van Gogh and Cezanne saw the light and shapes in quivering patterns. We’ll visit, too, Avignon and Arles. In Avignon we’ll not only photograph in the market, we’ll accompany the chef from La Mirande, help to choose our menu, and then return to the Old Kitchen at La Mirande to help prepare…..and then consume a spectacular lunch. Photo opportunities abound just steps from our lunch at La Mirande. The Pope’s Palace is there and the charmingly restored ancient parts of Avignon will keep us walking and exploring all day! Hint: the textiles here are plentiful, far less expensive than in the US, and gorgeous! All those tablecloths and napkins…oh my. We’ll spend a day in Arles to explore it’s winding streets in the old town and you’ll see the largest Colosseum outside of Rome. From Avignon we’ll take the high-speed train to Madrid, then further south to Seville. It’s a day-long journey but in deep comfort in a first class car, with dining and bar service. We’ll spend two nights in Seville to discover the mysteries of the Alhambra and it’s vibrant Flamenco culture. Flamenco takes on a serious, classical side in this city…it’s clear that it is a National Cultural Heritage. And then we’ll head South for two more nights in Jerez de la Frontera. The flamenco culture here is maybe a little more accessible? Wandering the streets of Jerez at night you’ll pass the community centers and smaller meeting spots or clubs where all ages are joined in learning the art of Flamenco. Guitars and the percussion of clapping and dancing fill the night air. And in Jerez, we’ll bring back the culture of the bulls and white horses! We’ll attend a very special performance of the Royal Andalusian School of Equestrian Art and we’ll visit two unique spots dedicated to preserving the heritage of the Andalusian horse and the Toro Bravo! We will visit the breeders and farms in this area as well and will help us to understand the culture on a deeper level. This interaction and access is invaluable! For those inclined, a visit to the Sherry Bodegas is a must! The history, the scents, the perfume of Sherry that permeates the air…and then, TASTING! Join us for this color-filled cultural exploration. We are so excited about this trip and can’t wait to share the experience with you. Highlights and Details: *11 nights, 12 days in two spectacular locations *Charming and luxurious lodging in perfectly located hotels *Color and movement, horses and bulls, and spectacular Flamenco performers *Private musical performances to further enchant us *Sumptuous meals in distinct, authentic settings *Small group with two leaders and our special liaisons in France and Spain *Image reviews two times with Arthur and Keron during the trip All internal transportation provided including your first class train ticket to Seville, Spain. Breakfast each day, welcoming dinner, a very special lunch at La Mirande, and our closing dinner are included. When we are not dining together there will be recommendations and help with transportation as needed. Price per person Single: $6950 Price per person Double: $5940 Deposit of $1500 to hold your spot due upon sign-up. Balance of trip fee due May 30, 2017. No refunds within 120 days of the trip unless we fill your spot. Early-bird discount of $250 per person if you sign up before January 15. Not included: international air, meals except as noted above, tips for maids, tips for bus drivers. Suggestions will be offered for the drivers before the trip begins.
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