Saturday, January 5, 2013

Kit Golson's Design Tour de France

One of the many super-cool people I've met in the blogosphere over the years is Kit Golson, a California-based interior designer who's crazy passionate about Provence. (By the time Kit and I finally met face to face last year, we were already great pals.) Anyway, Kit just rang up to tell me that she still has a few spots left on her third annual Design Tour of Provence, May 4 to 11, 2013, and she's offering $300 off until January 20. Early May is a glorious time to be in the South of France and if I wasn't already living here, I'd sign up for sure. I'm totally planning to schlep along with the group one day if the charming-and-talented Kit lets me.

As in years past, Kit's week-long tour includes plenty of antiquing, with visits to design ateliers, fabric shops, markets and brocantes. There's a cooking class in a 13th-century chateau, optional yoga and massage, work with a digital photography coach, plenty of sightseeing in some of the most popular villages in Provence and, of course, fabulous meals with perfect local wines. You'll stay in an elegantly restored-farmhouse villa, with private bedrooms/bath and a private chef, in the village of L'Isle sur la Sorgue, a major European antiques center.  

Food, wine, antiques, design, markets, shopping, photography, a private there anything on that list we don't love? 

I'll let you get the rest of the info from Kit's site here. Or, you can download the brochure here. If you have any questions at all, just email or call her: or US phone 650-302-6883. Hope to see you in Provence in May!

Photos from top: On Kit's trip, you'll see beautiful buildings like this...serve yourself breakfast from here...sleep in this room or another like it...swim and lounge by this elegant pool...poke through brocante markets...and eat in charming bistros like this one. Kit's husband Chris Golson took the photos and he'll be joining the tour as well.

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  1. Hi Julie -

    What are you doing up at this hour, even if you are an hour ahead of moi....

    Love the pool photo, and the cafe - where is that?....then of course it's l'Isle on any old Sunday....

    Lis :)

  2. 24/7 in France: Sounds like a great getaway - love l'Isle sur la Sorgue in any month!

  3. 24/7 in France: Sounds like a great getaway - love l'Isle sur la Sorgue in any month!

  4. Yep, I agree, this is one plum fabulous getaway! Everything a girl could wish for. :)

  5. Oh how fun - l'Isle sur la Sorgue is so lovely.
    Looks fabulous! Love the itinerary and beautiful stone mas with exquisite decor,private chef and days of shopping in the wonderful antique and brocantes of this fab area with it's gorgeous villages and towns. Merci!

  6. Hi Julie thanks for the great post about our Tour!

    to answer Lis' question, that bistro is right there on the river in l'Isle sur la Sorgue... it's called appropriately, "Au Chineur"... which loosely translates as "one who attends flea markets/brocantes and comes home with little found treasures" ! Which, of course, we all do when we go to the markets in Provence...

    Happy New Year to you!