- Gindou: FRANCE
- 4 days, 3 nights
Food and art plays an important part of life in France, but few travelers get the creative pleasure of seeing the local, natural produce go from ground, to canvas, to pot, to plate. This unique 4-day fun weekend takes place in a location befitting of a landscape painting. The beautiful valley is situated just outside the village of Gindou in the Lot Region of South West France. You’ll spend four glorious days exploring nearby historic market towns, the Lot and Dordogne rivers and of course drawing, painting, cooking and eating the most delicious organic food you can imagine. The renovated stone farmhouse is your backdrop and over the 4 days you’ll learn new drawing, painting and cooking techniques as well as partaking in the local wine and picking up some new recipes to impress your next dinner guests at home.
Day 1: After arriving on Thursday afternoon we all enjoyed a typical French evening meal together incorporating local produce and, of course, local wine! One mouthwatering dish was fresh melon, halved with the centre scooped out and filled with port – the combination of alcohol and soft ripe flesh had my taste buds giving standing ovations. The food here is to die for and here are a few sample menus of the kind of meals you can expect.
Day 2: After breakfast on Friday morning we visited Prayssac market to buy some of the produce that we used during the weekend. We returned for lunch at Le Perchoir before Susie took us to the studio to start creating masterpieces. At first I was intimidated by the huge palette of chalk pastel colours but with encouraging guidance from Susie I realised it wasn't just about matching the colour to what your eye sees, it's about the relationship of those tones to the objects around them. By putting a mint green highlight next to a deep purple shadow all of a sudden my picture had zing and bounced off the page. Our still life compositions were created with the colorful, fresh produce we personally picked out at the market. Later in the afternoon we all went to the kitchen where we watched one of Leperchoir de Paon’s special recipes was demonstrated like a live cooking show!
Day 3: After a peaceful and comfortable sleep in the quiet French valley I woke up to the birds on Saturday. We spent the morning drawing, painting and having cookery demonstrations. By this stage my hand-eye coordination was getting better and you could finally tell my onions from potatoes! That evening we had an evening meal at a local restaurant.
Day 4: Sunday = Market Day. After breakfast we went to the local market in Cazals in the morning before coming back to create and make more delectable art and food. Our final evening meal of the weekend was spent enjoying the fruits of our labours with another home created meal. Tonight we finished with a fun wine tasting, I could really get used to this life!
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