For most of her life, my mom lived in Santa Barbara, arriving there when she was 4 years old. When she married, she travelled with my dad to the occasional work-related conventions that he attended. After his premature death in 1969 at the age of 54, she was determined to journey to Europe and see my brother who was doing his junior year aboard in Italy.
It was a school sponsored trip and I recently told a friend that I think we must have visited seven countries in what felt like two days. It was fast, furious and I don’t remember much about it except that when we got to Paris, it snowed.
Wait, April in Paris. Snow? Aren’t there supposed to be “chestnuts in blossom”.
During our brief and chilly time in the City of Light, we piled off of our tour bus to quickly see the Eiffel Tower, Notre Dame, the Louvre where we gazed at the Mona Lisa, “stroll” on the Champs-Élysées…all the expected photo-op locations. I figured that at some point I would return to see the real France.
Well, 40 years later, it’s finally going to happen!
My dear friend, Kate Hill, has invited me to come to her charming culinary retreat in Gascony where we will celebrate Pig, Pie & Eye, a weekend of food, fun and friends, new and old. And we’d like to invite you!
We will taste, smell, touch, eat, laugh and learn as we experience the French joie de vivre. Plus photographer, Tim Clinch’s expert eye, will lead us through the Gascon countryside.
The kickoff will be 11/11/11, and we’ll continue through the weekend. Of course, if you want to stay longer, we can make that happen, too!
Rates are 250 euros a day including all breakfasts, lunches, daily classes, excursions and touring. Not included are transportation and accommodations at Kate’s favorite nearby chateau. For more information contact Kate Hill or me directly.
Can I tell you just how excited I am?
P.S. Here’s a sweet video of Kate and I in Seattle baking together for the first time, created by our friend luuvu: Sisters of the Pie.