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Love is in the air, Fall in love in Provence.

We are celebrating love in Provence in 2017. Join us in February 2017.

Our departure dates :

February 11, 2017 – February 18, 2017

$ 3,846 pp.

Our tour package includes:

Villa Accommodation ( double occupancy)

Drivers ( transfers, touring the region)

Private chef ( breakfast, lunch & dinner)

TGV train ride ( round trip)

Wineries, truffle farm and a special Valentine’s dinner and more…

Email us if you have any questions at anne@luxurytravelconsultant2.com Valentine’s week, Provence 2017

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Valentine’s celebration in Provence, 2017.

To our readers: Please remember to vote on November 8th, 2016!.

Cheers.

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Two special offers from Luxury Travel Consultant2.

Luxury Travel Consultant2 is looking for 2 guests for two different tours that we are doing in 2017.

Each tour will have two guests spending a week in Provence free of charge when each of the 2 guests each brings 5 guests, so 10 guests total. If you are a couple, bring 5 couples ; if you are a family bring 10 guests to join you.

The two trips will take place in Bonnieux in Luberon, Provence.

The departure dates are:

January 21, 2017 – January 28, 2017

November 18, 2017 – November 25, 2017

12 guests are invited to join us.

Tour package  includes:

Villa Accommodation ( double occupancy).

Private chef ( breakfast, lunch & dinner included).

Drivers ( transfers & touring the region).

TGV train ride ( round trip).

Wine tasting & truffle hunting.

Air Fare is not included for all guests.

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Contact us at anne@luxurytravelconsultant2.com

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Luxury Travel Consultant 2.

Anne Suire is the founder of Luxury Travel consultant2, it is an upscale travel company online offering leisure travel services, travel planning, luxury rentals in France and Italy.

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The company’s mission.

At Luxury Travel Consultant2, Suire strives  for client satisfaction by providing the highest level of service delivering detailed oriented travel & tour plannings.

Suire believes that the key to success lies in nurturing the clientele as well as anticipating their needs  and conveying happiness for the clients.

The goal is to brand the company as a provider of ultimate travel and tour planning experience while becoming a one step shop for every travel service available.

Luxury Villas.

They are ideal for groups, family reunions and they offer privacy and a lot of sophistication. They are mostly beautifully decorated with beautiful details at every corner that will allow you to experience a life of luxury. Our Tours include:

Most of the tour groups in our villas include:

Drivers / bilingual tour guides.

Private chef.

Cleaning person.

baby sitter.

The villa usually comes equipped with everything from barbecue to swimming pool.

*for more information contact anne@luxurytravelconsultant2.com and start planning your ultimate vacation.

The Mission.

Integrity – Committed to honesty, loyalty and high standard of ethical conduct.

Customer focused . committed  to providing the highest level of customer service.

Luxury Travel Consultant2 believes that success  depends on the leadership and management ability to focus and execute the mission on schedule.

Teamwork- Luxury Travel Consultant2 believes in building long terms relationships with preferred business partners to achieve mutual success.

Excellence – Luxury Travel Consultant2 is committed to staying focused on total customer satisfaction.

Luxury Travel Consultant2 is a one woman operation who just do a few groups a year and plans trips to France, Italy and Spain.

For more information contact her at anne@luxurytravelconsultant2.com

or write to her at Luxury Travel Consultant2

2150 Fell street, Suite # 303

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A sanctuary to visit during our Thanksgiving Tour 2016, La Camargue.

The river and the sea have created an almost lunar landscape over which the huge tour de Constance of Aigues-Mortes stands guard. Arles looks out the Grand-Rhone to the huge expanses to the west  which have some of the most famous, a great alluvial flat of marsh, lagoon and farmland between the two branches of the Rhone. The area has assumed an identity of its own and due to its unique character is now a national park in which landscape and wild life are protected.

Before flowing into the sea just after Arles, the Rhone forms the delta where gypsies believe two saints named Mary were washed ashore. Caravans and trailers are parked against the sea wall, while high-spirited bulls wait for the feria in their enclosures. A single main road runs past the rice fields and peaceful pools with pink flamingos and across salt marshes crisscrossed by narrow paths.

We will stop at the Abbaye de Montmajour , which in AD 948 was a community of hermits, built among the marshes. The abbaye became steadily wealthier and added on a cellar, a church, a refectory and chapels. But for all its wealth , starkness was de rigueur in  the abbaye, only the capitals in the cloisters were adorned.

We will spend time in Arles , which will give our guests a little foretaste of Spain with  its blend of Roman, Romanesque and baroque. Aigues-Mortes, a port king Louis IX built in 1848 will also be worth the stop. Stes-Maries-de-la Mer famous for the legend of “the two Marys”.  Lunch will follow and we will get to enjoy a fish stew at Marius Bernard, the restaurant serves traditional Provencal Fare!.

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Truffle season in the Luberon is an event not to be missed if you join us for Thanksgiving 2016.

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A brief history of the truffle.

Love of the truffle extends back into the mists of time. We know for sure that a certain Mr Cheops, the incumbent pharaoh 4600 years ago prized it. And 2000 years later Mr Licinius a governor of Carthage , apparently lost 2 teeth when biting into one.

The ancient Greeks and Romans were considered particular aficionados of the truffle. After the collapse of the Roman empire, a black hole opens up in the truffle history. The truffle with its aphrodisiac smell , was anathema to the ascetic churchmen of medieval times. When the Renaissance came along, did the truffle come back into fashion. And then with a vengeance. All the European royal houses were enamoured of it and Maria Theresa was downright  smitten by the Tuber, which she liked incorporated into her omelette.

In France, the truffle hunter is apparently a man’s job ( not anymore, thank you!). Truffle hunting is a clandestine occupation that shuns the limelight and other people. Although much of it is designed is fellow seekers and rivals on the wrong track ( Beware!). After all you have to understand that a truffle grove is a pot of gold.

Thanksgiving 2016 and Truffle hunting in the Luberon.

Something to add to your bucket list. Truffle hunting in one of the most beautiful  location in the Luberon. Experience Provence off the beaten track with one of France’s most traditional and secretive countryside traditions: The truffle hunt! We conduct truffle-hunting tours in English during summer and winter truffle seasons, followed by a sampling of fresh truffle hors d’oeuvres, Champagne, and a tasting of olive and truffle oil. Divine!. Join us for a special afternoon!

The 11 hectares produce grapes, olives, apricots, cherries, plums, apples, pears, pomegranates, figs, almonds, hazelnuts and black winter truffles. We offer truffle-hunting tours of the property when in season. Tours include a sampling of fresh truffle hors d’oeuvres, Champagne and a taste of our organic olive and truffle oil.
The Truffle hunting is included in your tour package.
Departure Dates:
November 19, 2016 – November 26, 2016. ( 12 guests are invited) $ 3,370 ppimages-1
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Thanksgiving In Luberon in Provence, 2016

Hello everyone,

Our thanksgiving tour will take place in Bonnieux in Luberon, Provence. Bonnieux is built on a plateau above the valley and is one of the finest villages in the area, it is also a commune in the Vaucluse department in the Provence-Alpes-Cote d’Azur in southeastern France. The view from Bonnieux is beautiful, out across the Valley floor with its patchwork of orchards  and vineyards towards the equally perched villages of Lacoste from across the Vaucluse plateau. It is also a beautiful high perched village located on the northern slopes of the Luberon. This will be our home for the Thanksgiving week.

The Bastide.

Is a largely renovated stone house, located on a vast private property with view near the famed Luberon village of Bonnieux. The house is very comfortable and spacious and offers 8 bedrooms and 8 bathrooms. The house opens to a beautiful and large garden with view, pool and outdoor dining. This property is  designed for modern comfort in the inside and simplicity and beauty of outdoor living in the garden. The property is well cared-for, cleaned and well equipped for a large group of guests or friends. The Bastide can accommodate up to 23 guests but we wanted our group of 12 to have space to enjoy.

Ground Floor (RDC) Bedrooms/ Bathroom Layout

  • Bedroom 1 – Air Conditioned Queen bedroom with en-suite bathroom (Tub, shower, sink, WC).
  • Bedroom 2 – Air Conditioned with 3 single beds (or 1 King and 1 single bed) and en-suite bathroom (Shower, sink, WC).
  • Bedroom 3 – King bed (or 2 single beds) with en-suite bathroom (Shower, sink, WC).
  • Bedroom 4 – Air Conditioned with Two single beds and en-suite bathroom (Shower, sink, WC).
  • Bedroom 5 – Air Conditioned Queen bedroom with en-suite bathroom (Shower, sink, WC).
  • Bedroom 6 – Air Conditioned bedroom with 3 single beds and en-suite bathroom (Shower, sink, separate WC upstairs).

Second Story (First Floor) Bedrooms/ Bathroom Layout

  • Bedroom 7 – Air Conditioned Queen bedroom with separate bathroom (Shower, sink, separate WC).

Third Story (2nd Floor) Bedrooms/ Bathroom Layout

Bedroom 8 – Large Air Conditioned Master bedroom, Queen bed with en-suite bathroom (Tub, shower, 2 sinks, separate WC). Beautiful views.

Inside

  • Air Conditioning throughout the house
  • Broadband Internet/ WiFi
  • Satellite TV with English News Channels
  • TV in 7 bedrooms
  • Cd player/ stereo
  • iPod Dock (speaker base)
  • sound system inside and outside
  • Fully Equipped Kitchen including Dishwasher
  • Laundry room with Washing Machine, Clothes Dryer
  • Iron and Ironing Board
  • Sauna for 3 people
  • Hair dryers in each bathroom
  • Indoor Dining for 18 people
  • Outdoor Dining for 18 people
  • Wood Burning Fireplace
  • English-speaking House Manager
  • Baby Crib/ Cot
  • High Chair
  • All linens provided
  • Pool towels

Outside

  • Sun Loungers
  • Parasols
  • Jacuzzi
  • Fitness room
  • Outdoor Terraces with beautiful views
  • Outdoor Dining for 18 People
  • Gas and Charcoal BBQ
  • Pizza Oven
  • Shaded and Grassy areas
  • Games for Children (Football, basketball)
  • Large authentic Shepherd stone house
  • Private Parking
  • Views are beautiful
  • Table Tennis

Pool Information

Dimensions/ Depth: 12m x 6.5m

Security (Fence, Alarm): Alarm, no fence

Salt water System: No

Heated?: Yes, upon request

Please note that pool heating is dependent on outdoor weather conditions and specific temperatures cannot be guaranteed

Note: The views are splendid from the pool area.

Maid Service

Three cleaning hours twice per week (Tuesday and Thursday) and end-of-stay cleaning are included in the rental.

Our Thanksgiving Tour 2016.

12 guests are invited ( $ 3, 370 pp) All inclusive. Air Fare not included.
Villa Accommodation ( double occupancy)
Private chef ( Continental Breakfast, Lunch and dinner are included)
Wine included only with dinner.
Drivers / Tour guides
Round trip TGV train ride
Touring the region, wine tasting and Lunch, Truffle hunting, La Camargue and many more activities including visiting Avignon, Aix en Provence and more.
The Departure Dates are:
November 19, 2016 – November 26, 2016.
Book by October 14, 2016.
Contact Information. anne@luxurytravelconsultant2.com
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The Luberon

Every year the Luberon National Park attracts hordes of hikers for its majestic beauty. The mountains between Cavaillon and Manosque are thick with garrigues ( scrublands) and olive groves and are dotted with caves, castles, abbeys and perched villages with magnificent views.

If you spend a week in the Luberon, here are my suggestions of where to go and what to do.

Like antiquing?

stop by the flea market of L’Isle sur La Sorgue ; A tree line path and a little bridge lead to an island with 40 bric-a-brac sellers. Unexpected treasures can be found , from knick-knacks to large pieces of furniture.

Lavender.

Les Agnels, route de Buoux. Learn how essential oils are distilled from Lavender, cypress and parsley seed.

Un Dimanche au jardin / Simiane La Rotonde. Abbaye de Valsaintes

Surrounded by lavender fields is a beautiful rose garden, in the grounds of an abbey founded by Cistercian monks. Nurseries with 250 rose varieties, sold bare rooted.

Worth the stop!

La Fontaine-de-Vaucluse

The springs of one of the most powerful water sources in the world. One myth claims that a nymph removed seven diamonds from the rocks, one by one, to release it. Finally in the 7th century the torrent suddenly emerged, watering the fig trees above the chasm and feeding the river Sorgue. This is truly spectacular after heavy rain.

The cliffs of the Roussillon

Legend has it that the wife of a noble man threw herself from the top of the cliffs after her husband forced her to eat her dead lover’s heart. The earth turned red with her blood and rocks and village were left with a permanent glow.

Village of Les Bories

Very interesting because this hamlet consists entirely of restored Bories ( dry-stone igloos) , where inhabitants of the Vaucluse and Luberon  lived from Ligurian times ( 6th-century BC).

Chateau de Lourmarin

The older part of the castle is an austere fortress- like place called Chateau vieux was built between 1495 and 1525. In 1526, Mme Agoult added the more attractive Chateau Neuf  ,  dedicated to pleasure. It has spacious rooms , floors paved with hexagonal, red Renaissance tiles, and is filled with Provencal furniture and Chinese musical instruments.

L’ Abbaye de Senanque

Built in 1148, this is one of a trio of primitive abbayes, known as the Cistercian sisters of Provence . To allow the monks to meditate without distractions, according to the rule of St Benedict , the only ornamentation was the natural play of light on stone. Really worth the stop, not far from the village of Gordes.

Le Prieure de Salagon

Fontaine de Vaucluse

Fontaine de Vaucluse

Le Roussillon

Le Roussillon

Village des Bories

Village des Bories

Abbaye de Senanque

Abbaye de Senanque

Abbaye de Salagon

Abbaye de Salagon

Chateau de Lourmarin

Chateau de Lourmarin

L' Abbaye de Valsaintes

L’ Abbaye de Valsaintes

The Prieure and farm built in the Middle Ages on Gallo-Roman site, continued to expand until the 19th-century. The church contains Medieval Frescoes and the excavations of a first century villa are seen through a grille in the floor. Exhibitions are staged in the barns, while the gardens are devoted to historic and scented plants.

Join us for Thanksgiving in Provence, 2016.

Departure Dates are :

11/19/ 2016 – 11/26/2016

12 guests are invited. ( All inclusive) Airfare not included.

$ 3,370 pp.

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Nice I love you!

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Nice , from glam and sunshine to tragedy,I will never forget what took place on July 14th, my heart goes out to the families who died that day or lost a loved one.

In the 19th century the European aristocracy colonized the place, drawn by the beautiful Bay of Angels and the mild winter weather. A lot of film stars have endowed France‘s fifth city with a legacy of luxury. A lot of artists have found their niche in Nice as well and have left a legacy of culture, Chagall and Matisse were inspired by the light and left their mark here with their abstract works. Alongside the opulence there  is another Nice , rooted in the Mediterranean  history and fiercely independent. The city of Nice voted to join France in 1860 ( It had been for centuries the kingdom of Savoy) and until today Nice retains its own dialect, cuisine and traditions.

Nice is also known for the famous ( Promenade des Anglais), this seafront promenade owes its name to the English community which funded the initial construction in 1852, the community very often gave work to the local poor. Now the promenade is flanked by traffic lanes and sweeps majestically the Bay of Angels. Belle epoque edifices, notably the very magnificent hotel  are the symbols for when Nice was the magnet for European nobility.

Museums to visit on a Sunday afternoon.

Musee Matisse.

Just shortly before his death Matisse donated a collection of paintings to the city in which he had lived for 37 years. They have found a superb home in a 17th-century Italianate villa on Cimiez hill. The Matisse collection affords affords a comprehensive overview of the artist’s work. 164 Avenue des Arenes de Cimiez. ( open 10am -8pm) . Free.

Musee d’art moderne et d’art contemporain.

The collections trace the story for the avant garde from the 1960s to the present day. Particularly notable are the US pop artists and European New Realists . Promenade des Arts. ( open 10 am – 6pm). Free.

Musee des Beaux Arts.

This 19th-century townhouse was originally built for a Ukranian princess, holds collections of art from the 17th to the early 19th centuries. 33 avenue des Baumettes. ( open 10am-6pm). Free.

Palais Massena.

This 19th-century Italianate villa houses the Musee d’art et d’histoire. A very interesting collection of diverse objects covering from Bonaparte to the 1930’s, worth the stop!. 65 rue de France, open ( 10am -6pm). Free.

Cimiez Hill and Musee National  Message Biblique Marc Chagall.

European nobility colonized Cimiez Hill with magnificent villas. The most impressive of all is the Excelsior Regina Palace , where Queen Victoria once stayed. Also the museum houses Chagall‘s 17 great work on “the biblical Message”, the artist also created stained glass windows, a mosaic and tapestry for the museum.

Port Lympia.

Built in the mid eighteen century , the port never really took off commercially and remains much quieter than most Mediterranean city harbors. The port is surrounded by beautiful Italianate villas. The Russian writer Chekhov loved this quieter part of Nice.

Cathedral St Nicolas.

The Russian community was as prominent as the British community in the late 19th to the early 20th centuries. This Russian Orthodox church was finished in 1912 as the community’s focal point.  Rue Nikola II. Open daily, not sure it is free!.

Nice is a special place in my heart, my parents used to vacation there in September.

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A beautiful one day drive on the massif des Maures

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Between Frejus and Hyeres, the coast  bulges out and up again to form the steep rolling heels and arcadian amphitheatres of the ancient massif des Maures. This mountain range is a geological oddball; The name Maures is derived  from maouro, Provencal for black describing its dark deep forests of umbrella and Aleppo pines ( pines native to the Mediterranean region), chesnuts and cork. For a few centuries the latter two trees provided the main source of income of the few inland villages.

If you take a drive in the morning.

You will start in the village of Grimaud and take the D558 up to La Garde-Freinet . Continue 4 miles before turning left before Gonfaron and make a stop at the Village des Tortues to see the very rare Hermann tortoise ( Quartier plaine – Open 9am – 7pm daily and 6pm ( December – February). After that take D39 towards Collobrieres At the col des Fourches head up to Notre-Dame -des-Anges , The Maures ‘s highest  point. There is an amazing chapel with outstanding views. Two miles before Collobrieres you will make a turn left ( D14) to the Chartreuse de la Verne , a Carthusian monastery of local stone ( Quartier Verne, 11 am -5pm ; Wednesday-Monday) . Then head back to Collobrieres . There is a place called La petite Fontaine, stop by for a drink or dinner, try the soupe au pistou or game in season , no thrills regional cooking. Place de la Republique. No credit cards – $$

If you take an afternoon drive.

Leave towards Pierrefeu, 1 mile later you will make a turn left towards Bormes Les Mimosas. This is a dramatic drive , between wooded slopes and plunging valleys will take you over the Col de Babao to the N98. You will have to make a turn left towards  La Moleimgres, make a stop at the arboretum de Gratteloup , a forest garden with 50 tree varieties.

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Then you will continue to La Mole and make a turn right to the Col du Canadel and stop at the domaine du Rayol gardens. Upon return to Grimaud , enjoy a wonderful dinner at Le Coteau Fleuri , Place des Penitents. $$

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