Friday, September 10
Day Two in Tarn et Garonne
I cannot say enough good things about Nikki Maxwell, founder of Picnics in Provence, or the beautiful farmhouse belonging to Kathryn Ireland.
The first two days have been punctuated with off the beaten track journeys, magnificent cuisine, incredible wines and charming locals.
The first evening began on the terrace for drinks and canapés followed by dinner in the Dutch barn. Chef Daniel de la Falaise, who was London trained at Harry’s Bar, locally sourced all of the food. A passionate food purest, everything he prepared was sheer perfection—crudités with basil aioli, foie gras, quail eggs with fennel flower salt, figs and veal.
Yesterday we made a trip to Albi to visit Cathédrale Ste-Cécile of Albi. Perched high on a hill above the River Tarn and built in the 13th century, the Cathédrale is the largest brick building in the world. The tour was followed by a long, leisurely lunch at Le Clos Sainte Cécile and a visit to the Toulouse Lautrec museum.
New tour dates for 2011 have just been released:
11th to 18th May
7th to 14th June
17th to 24th June
20th to 27th July
1st to 8th September