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Travel blog Walkabout Gourmet AdventureEuropean Spring 2019

Dear Walkabout Walkers and Friends,

Apart from our Russian Christmas celebration and welcoming the New Year in St Petersburg, we completely missed out on Winter... and so did our Winter newsletter!

Reminiscing the New Year in Russia

Our 6 days in St Petersburg were much too short but gave us a wonderful introduction to the Russian lifestyle… We are already planning our next visit to explore more of this beautiful city.

Despite snow and cold, we walked for hours and got a good sense of the unique mix of old and new St Petersburg. Nevsky Prospekt, the city's main street with upscale shops, buzzing cafes and grand palaces was part of our daily routine. We loved walking along the Neva River, with its many tributaries and canals, many of them frozen during this time of year.

Palace Square certainly makes a grand entrance to the famous Winter Palace. As it is so spacious it regularly functions as the grounds for national parades and concerts. It was also the venue for the Christmas/New Year's celebrations. In the past, Palace Square was the setting for some of Russia's most significant historical events. Dreaming of visiting the famous Hermitage museum for a long time it was certainly an overwhelming experience. It is the largest art and cultural museum in the world with more than 3 million items in its collection - only a fraction of which are on display in its 360 rooms.

We were lucky and found tickets for the intimate Hermitage Theatre where we saw one of the best Swan Lake Performances we have ever seen (our first one was in Moscow in the famous Bolshoi Theatre) many years ago!

Amongst many other sites, we were overwhelmed by the beauty of the Church of the Saviour on Spilled Blood. It is known for its elaborate facade and brightly colored onion domes. Officially the Church of the Resurrection of Christ, the magnificent church was built on the site where Tsar Alexander II was assassinated in 1881.

Chasing the famous Fabergé eggs in the Hermitage, we finally found the opulent Shuvalov Palace. The Fabergé Museum is a tribute to legendary Russian jeweler Peter Carl Fabergé and highlights Russia's treasured series of Fabergé eggs alongside a dazzling collection of Russian art, jewellery, and artefacts.

We found the Russian culinary scene exciting and very sophisticated. Eating mainly vegan or vegetarian, we had so many tasty experiences and whilst we found very good food everywhere, two restaurants stood out in particular - the Duo Gastrobar and Duo Asia. Both places were quite unassuming on the outside but as soon as we entered, we enjoyed the warm and modern design atmosphere. In both restaurants we encountered an exquisite professionalism with a passionate team of chefs and service staff. We were very impressed with the high quality of the food and shared many dishes, all very creative and flavoursome.

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May 2019

Winter Palace at the Hermitage

 walking tour Winter Palace at the Hermitage

 

Swan Lake Ballet

 walking tour Swan Lake Ballet

 

Hermitage St Petersburg Russia

 walking tour Hermitage St Petersburg

 

Duo Asia

 walking tour Stand out: Duo Asia

Tallow Beach near Broken Head NSW Australia

Serendipity, ready to host

 


We were happy to spend some time at our home in Byron Bay with our family and friends.

Once again we took on the tour guide role for a few weeks showing some friends from Forcalquier the beautiful National Parks near the family farm in Victoria - Wilson's Prom, Bulga National Park and of course everything in and around Byron. New ideas are taking shape and we will soon include another exciting getaway in this very special corner.

We have used our time in Serendipity and made some more improvements to our house. We were happy to see the old carpet disappear and with the wooden floorboards the house felt almost like new! We also extended our garden and despite the lack of water this summer everything is growing well.

We have a spacious 3-bedroom house with 2 bathrooms and it accommodates three couples comfortably. There are three outdoor areas to choose from, plus a spacious indoor lounge (complete with a 70" wall TV with free Netflix) and a 6 seater dining area.

The large kitchen is ideal for cooking up all those yummy things you can buy at the local markets and has direct access to one of the best covered outdoor entertaining areas. It has a gorgeous 10-metre saltwater pool as well as a spa to soothe your mind, body and soul. The breezy "Zen" hut fits perfectly into the manicured gardens and is the ideal spot for relaxation, yoga and meditation.

"Serendipity" - A Place in Byron Bay is in a lovely quiet part of Suffolk Park - only a 12-minute walk to Tallow Beach. We think it's the nicest beach at Byron with sweeping views to the Lighthouse and Broken Head.

Located at the most easterly point of Australia's mainland, the area around Byron Bay is a combination of outstanding beaches, wonderful scenic outlooks and lush greenery. It has an alternative vibe and a relaxed atmosphere.

All of us are back at work now and Serendipity is available for rental. Please refer to our website for prices and availability or just call Trish for further information.


Guided Walking HolidaysA beautiful, luxurious and welcoming house, the pool is fantastic as is the location, a taste of real Byron away from the crowds of the bay. The local beach is perfect for a beach day and close enough for a morning run and there are some great local shops and even a cute Italian pizza place. The Clarkes are Fantastic hosts, very helpful and made our stay perfect. We highly recommend the house." 
Jennifer from Plymouth, UK

walking Serendipity House | Byron Bay, NSW 2481, Australia

Backyard pool and spa

 walking tour Backyard with pool and spa

 

Main Bedroom Byron Bay

 walking tour Main Bedroom

 

Bar and open kitchen

 walking tour Bar and open kitchen

 

Byron Bay Lounge

 walking tour Lounge

 

Crystal Castle Mullumbimby

 walking tour Crystal Castle, Mullumbimby

Walking tour Iceland

In short...

 


2019 record attendance

You may have missed out on our five interstate Film and Information Evenings back in February. These evenings are always a great place for reunions and getting to know new guests and with more than 500 attendees we had a record attendance at all venues.

A big thank you for coming along! If you missed attending our evening this year we shall be holding them again next year in February - keep an eye on our website later this year for more details. You can watch here
the film presented on the night prepared by Serjosha.

2020 dates available

We are happy to announce that all our 2020 dates are on the website. We shall return to some of our favourite places like Iceland, Spain, Greece and Turkey and explore new ones such as the highlands of Scotland.

 

walking  2020 Walkabout Holiday Calendar

 walking tour 2019 Tours Preview

 

Scotland Highlands

 walking tour Scotland Highlands

 

2020 walking tour dates

Cruising on the Kerala Backwaters India

Highlights of Flavours of India

 


Gabriela started the 2019 season with the Flavours of South India tour. Once again there were so many highlights but as always, above all it was meeting the Indian people who shine with a light like no other! This time Gabriela made some new Indian connections and as a result next year's tour will include some exciting new faces.

Gabriela met Shine on a boat and was impressed by his communication skills and wealth of knowledge. Shine will be co-guiding in 2020 during our three days in Cochin. He studied Ancient Indian History and Culture and is a bundle of information.

The most amazing encounter was meeting Sreejith, who must be considered to be a leader in his field of yoga. As well as teaching the various yoga asanas, he also inspired us to move forward in our life with the practise of yoga. Miraculously he always seemed to know exactly what we needed in our session.

Our group was so taken away by his essence that many took part in the evening meditation classes. We are already looking forward to meeting Sreejith again next year for more of his empowering holistic yoga classes.

This year we met Junis in Munnar who took us not only from our Hotel through hidden villages but also through the spectacular Munnar tea plantations. His is an outstanding guide and his knowledge of birds and plants is amazing! We look forward to meeting up with him again on our next tour.

Our cookings classes with Nimi in Munnar and Nazeema in her kitchen near Cochin added a spice of life into their delicious and flavoursome home cooking. We all went back enthusiastically trying out new Indian recipes.

Another highlight on our tour in India were our last two days on the houseboat. While we gently cruised the Kerala Backwaters, we could observe the whole rural scene from ferrymen carrying locals on tiny canoes to women in vivid saris washing their clothes on stone steps near the river.

This time we ended our last evening with the Holi Hindu Festival. It is always celebrated the day after the full moon, which luckily was this year on the 21st March. The Holi festival commemorates the victory of good over evil, particularly the burning and destruction of a demoness named Holika. This was made possible with the help of the Hindu god of preservation, Lord Vishnu.

All our hotels are of a very high standard and the hospitality we experienced in all of them was outstanding! Kerala is the homeland for authentic Ayurvedic therapies and all our hotels offer a large variety of treatments, supervised by an Ayurvedic doctor. The "Walkabout Spice Girls" certainly took advantage of this and enjoyed it immensely! I honestly can say, all felt extremely rejuvenated!

We are excited to share these fantastic 12 days with you in Kerala on our upcoming tour in 2020 and look forward to your email or call if you are interested for further details.


Guided Walking HolidaysMy cousin and I had an absolutely wonderful time touring South India. We loved the adventure walks and really enjoyed the cooking classes - they were a highlight. Accommodation was first class and the Aleppy houseboat trip was fantastic. Such a brilliant way to see life in Kerala up close and personal. We were so lucky to enjoy the company of the other tour guests - such a great bunch of people and so much fun. The gentle and genuine warmth of the people we met all over Kerala was a sheer delight. Thank you for a wonderful trip!" 
Victoria from Sydney, NSW, Australia

walking  Flavours of South India [12 days] | Next from Cochin, Kerala: March 12 2020

 

Walking through the tea plantations near Munnar Kerala India

 walking tour Tea plantations, Munnar

 

Hindu Festival Kerala India

 walking tour Hindu Festival Kerala India

 

Cochin market Kerala

 walking tour Chai Cermoney, Fog Hotel

 

india locals

 walking tour Daily life at Kerala Backwaters

 

Market Munnar Kerala India

 walking tour Cooking lesson with Nimi, Munnar

 

Cooking class Munnar Kerala

 walking tour Curry at Nimi's Kitchen, Munnar

Cabo de Sao Vicente Portugal

A new 'Journey back in Time'


Gilles started our first European tour with a group in Andalusia.

This year we have separated Andalusia from Morocco, which in the future will be featured under our "Journey to Wellness" tours. This will allow us to include one of our favourite corner of the world - Portugal!

In 2020 we return to our Journey back in Time through Andalusia and Portugal. A dreamy sense of a life, long since lost elsewhere in Europe, envelops one in Portugal…

Famous port wines add to the sweet taste of Portugal and we explore northern Portugal on exciting hikes through vineyards perched above the beautiful Douro River.

The Algarve conjures up images of golden sand lapped by azure waves. We discover hidden landscapes and a fascinating history.

During our coastal walk we explore deserted beaches, fossilised cliffs, blowholes and the majestic Cabo de Sao Vicente, the most south-western point in Europe.

Guided Walking HolidaysThis was a completely different way to see and understand northern Spain. Apart from the magnificent scenery and fantastic location - the Paradors of Spain have to be experienced to be believed! - walking the Pilgrim's Way and having the opportunity to visit places like Leon, Burgos and Santiago de Compostela, as well as the villages along the way, gave me a whole new insight into part of Spain's history. Ainhoa in France and the Hotel Ithurria were also fabulous as our starting point. Even though it's been 10 years since I travelled (through Italy) with Walkabout Gourmet, WGA has lost none of its expertise in organisation, support, great company and showing off some of Europe's finest in terms of food, wine, walking trails, and places to stay. I've already been checking out the brochure for my next WG trip!" 
Lorne from Orange NSW, Australia

walking  A Journey back in Time [19 days] | Next from Valencia, Spain: April 1 2020

Feria in Sevilla Andalusia Spain

 walking tour Feria in Sevilla, Andalusia

 

Cabo de Gata NP Andalusia

 walking tour Duoro River, Portugal

 

Alhambra, Granada, Andalusia

 walking tour Alhambra, Granada, Andalusia

 

Fountain of the Lions Alhambra Palace Granada Andalusia

 walking tour Tasting at the Vintage Hotel

Symi Island Greece

A Mediterranean Odyssey... new


While Graeme is holding the fort in Australia and keeping up with the ever so much more increasing office work, gypsetter Gabriela is at present in Turkey and the Greek Islands to finalize our new tour "A Mediterranean Odyssey".

The new tour will feature under Private Journeys on our new website. Pascal, a Greek expert and Walkabout guide is joining Gabriela on this journey.

The new tour will start in Istanbul from where we travel along the shoreline of the Marmara Sea and visit Gallipoli.

The magnificent coastline, lapped by the clear water of the Aegean Sea, is abundant with vast and pristine beaches, surrounded by olive groves, rocky crags and pinewoods.

We trek in the most beautiful coastal area of the Turkish Mediterranean. Known to the ancients as Lycia, this fabled coast of clear turquoise blue water is rich with archaeological sites.

Fragrant pine forests tumble down a slope to end abruptly in red cliff secret coves and sandy beaches. We visit splendid Greco - Roman ruins of the Lycian period - Caunos, Letoon, Pinara and Xanthos.

In Fethiye we go on board of our 35-m long luxury gulet and sail into Rhodes in Greece. We continue our 8-day sailing experience to the lesser-known Nisyros, Tilos and Symi and explore these hidden islands on foot!

walking  A Mediterranean Odyssey [17 days] | Next from Istanbul, Turkey: April 30 2020

Ancient Sit of Pinara Turkey

 walking tour Ancient Site of Pinara, Turkey

 

Agios Emilianos Greece

 walking tour Agios Emilianos, Greece

 

Fethiye Turkey

 walking tour Our sailing vessel, Fethiye Turkey

Akdamar Island and Lake Van in East Anatolia Turkey

... leading into Eastern Turkeynew


The new 'Treasures of Turkey' will start in Kayseri and not very far from our base in Cappadocia. Three million years ago violent eruptions of Mount Erciyes (3,916m) and Mount Hasan (3,300m) covered the surrounding plateau of Cappadocia with tuff, a soft stone comprised of lava, ash and mud.

The wind and rain have eroded this brittle rock and created a surrealist landscape of rock cones, capped pinnacles and fretted ravines, in colours that range from warm reds and golds to cool greens and greys.

Goreme is one of those rare regions in the world where the works of man blend into the natural surroundings.

During Byzantine times chapels and monasteries were hollowed out of the rock, their ochre-toned frescoes reflecting the hues of the surrounding landscape. Even today troglodyte dwellings in rock cones and village houses of volcanic tufa merge harmoniously into the landscape. Cappadocia is also a natural wonder and a unique area in the world, loaded with history.

We explore the surreal landforms of the Goreme valleys and enjoy the colourful blaze. Following ancient path-ways we visit the unique rock churches and monasteries carved from the soft volcanic tuff.

From Cappadocia we travel to South-eastern Anatolia. It is rich in history and cultural heritage with many magnificent historical sites, dating back to 7,000 BC. Mount Nemrut is an impressive peak rising from a flat plain in Northern Mesopotamia and stretches to a height of 2,150 metres. It is unrivalled in its historical treasures and the gigantic statues. The toppled heads of Apollo, Zeus and Hercules are just amazing.

We continue eastward to Sanliurfa, the birthplace of Abraham and once an important post on the ancient trade routes between Mesopotamia and the Mediterranean coast. Today it hosts one of the best bazaars in Turkey.

Our trail takes us through Harran, famous for the unusual and fanciful beehive-shaped houses and to Mardin, one of the oldest cities in Mesopotamia and well known for its delicious food.

Van is one of the most important cities of the old Vaspurakan region and located on the east coast of Lake Van. It is the largest lake in Turkey at an altitude of 1,720 metres and ringed by beautiful mountains. Here we also visit the island of Akdamar, just half an hour from the shore with a church from 921.

Dramatic Doğubayazıt, set on a stark treeless plain between ranges of craggy mountains, is the last Turkish town on the highway to Iran, just 35km to the border. From the striking 18th-century Ishak Pasha Palace we gaze upon legendary Mount Ararat (5,137m). According to the Bible it was in the Ararat Mountains where Noah's ark landed.

We journey on to Kars, famous for its cheese and goose meat. Located south-east towards the border with Armenia we visit the fascinating old site of Ani. Once a wealthy rival of Kars, it is now a ghost town. Ani lies close to a great ravine, which demarcates the border. The ruined 1000 year-old churches contain remarkable wall paintings and sculptured decorations.


We drive east towards the Black Sea Mountains and walk in the Lake Cildir region. This huge and glorious lake is curiously unknown to tourists. The landscape reminds us of some remote Scottish lochs and it is an intensely arable area.

We walk on the plateaus of Artvin und Savsat, an attractive hilly area, surrounded by high mountains on all sides, including the 3,537 metres Karçkal Mountains to the west, watered by many mountain streams and pools. They are an extension of the Caucasus and separate the Black Sea from Anatolia. The weather in Artvin is very wet, and the forest is every shade of green imaginable. This greenery runs from the top all the way down to the Black Sea coast where we finish our tour in Trabzon.

Guided Walking HolidaysWhat a great trip! It was loaded with history and beautiful scenery. A great start was the afternoon at Gallipoli, in particular setting the context of Australians in Turkey with the moving quote from Attaturk. Our wonderful guide Fatih took us to wonderful places of ancient, Greek and Roman history as well as places of 20th century significance. The walks were beautiful and the food and accommodation was extremely good. Fatih and our driver Ozkan made the trip particularly special. Fatih's commentary on Turkish history, current affairs and each locality were terrific. Meeting Fatih's family was a bonus, and typical of Turkish hospitality and generosity. Highly recommended!" 
Julie from Wollongong, NSW, Australia

walking  Treasures of Turkey [17 days] | Next from Kayseri, Turkey: May 18 2020

Hot Air Ballooning Cappadocia Turkey

 walking tour Hot Air Ballooning, Cappadocia

 

Mount Nemrut southeastern Turkey

 walking tour Mount Nemrut, Turkey

 

Armenian church Ani Turkey

 walking tour Armenian church in Ani, Turkey

 

Armenian border Eastern Turkey

 walking tour Armenian border Eastern Turkey

 

Pigon houses in Cappadocia Turkey

 walking tour Pigon houses, Cappadocia

 

Religious ceremony of the whirling dervishes ceremony

 walking tour Whirling dervishes ceremony

 

Delicious market lunch in Mardin Turkey

 walking tour Mmarket lunch in Mardin Turkey

 

Ishak Pasa Sarayi palace Turkey

 walking tour Ishak Pasa Sarayi palace, Turkey

Staircase in the Vatican Museum

When in Rome...


In May, it is still possible to join Nastassja on her 5-day tour through Rome…

Get ready to adventure in the Roman city in full bloom, and indulge in some delicious Roman dishes. Discover the colourful cobblestoned side streets and immerse yourself into the Italian way of living and dining.

We will have the opportunity to learn how to cook some Italian dishes and source out the freshest ingredients from the local market. In the evening, we will intermingle amongst the locals sipping on "Aperol Spritz" at some of the best Roman bars.

With so much art and culture in this city, we shall explore some of the many art galleries such as Galleria Borghese and go back in time with a guided tour of the Vatican, Colosseum and Roman Forum.

An emphasis on the many green corners of this city will also be explored such as the beautiful Villa Borghese gardens and Villa Pamphili.

Of course let's not forget an important Italian trademark. One cannot go to Rome without having had the ultimate personal shopping experience! We will source out whatever you have in mind, and make sure you go home with a happy face!

In between all the sites and food, you may wish to explore your inner world more. Yoga, a rejuvenating spa experience or the wonderful life alignment healing technique are also available on request. Only two spaces left!

Guided Walking HolidaysWhat a great trip! It was loaded with history and beautiful scenery. A great start was the afternoon at Gallipoli, in particular setting the context of Australians in Turkey with the moving quote from Attaturk. Our wonderful guide Fatih took us to wonderful places of ancient, Greek and Roman history as well as places of 20th century significance. The walks were beautiful and the food and accommodation was extremely good. Fatih and our driver Ozkan made the trip particularly special. Fatih's commentary on Turkish history, current affairs and each locality were terrific. Meeting Fatih's family was a bonus, and typical of Turkish hospitality and generosity. Highly recommended!" 
Julie from Wollongong, NSW, Australia [2016]

walking  When in Rome [5 days] | Next departure from Rome, Italy: May 6 2019

 

Trevi Fountain Rome Italy

 walking tour Trevi Fountain, Rome Italy

 

Italian antipasto

 walking tour Italian antipasto

 

Piazza Navona Rome Italy

 walking tour Piazza Navona, Rome

 

Roman colourful side streets

 walking tour Roman colourful side street

Hilltop village Italian Riviera Imperia Italy

A Walk to the stars, renewed!


In May, Gabriela and Nastassja will be on the "Walk to the Stars" to finalize the original programme… we are excited to take you on the renewed itinerary in 2020. The tour begins in Florence and follows the scenes from some famous films along the Italian Riviera and the Côte d'Azur. "A Room with a View" was filmed at Pensione Bencista in Fiesole where our tour begins. From here we travel to the Ligurian Coast.

The hills and mountains in the backdrop make it a spectacular setting. Sestri Levante, formerly a fishing village, is both beautiful and full of life with stunning sea views on both sides of the bay. The town makes a perfect base for discovering the wonders of Liguria and is not too far away from the well-known sites such as the Cinque Terre and Portofino.

Our walks will take us to the most picturesque and quaint towns and villages along the Ligurian coast. On our journey through Liguria's villages and unspoiled nature we discover some places which have been locations for famous Italian and foreign films like "The Trip to Italy", "Enchanted April", filmed in Portofino, on the Italian Riviera and "The Bourne Identity" with Matt Damon where one scene was filmed at the Imperia harbor.

The stretch of coast belonging to Imperia Province is also known as the Riviera dei Fiori, the Flower Riviera, characterized by bays, ports and coves. At a short distance from the coast, behind the hills are valleys and pristine woods with many great walking tracks.

Time to cross the border into France and our adventure continues on the Cộte d'Azur, known for its dramatic mountains, sparkling blue Mediterranean waters and a craggy coastline. On a coastal walking track we discover the famous St-Jean Cap Ferrat peninsular with luxurious villas, including the spectacular Villa Ephrussi de Rothschild. We explore the hilltop villages of Vence and St Agnès and stroll the streets of beautiful Menton. Time permitting, we also visit Monaco. "And God Created Woman", with Brigitte Bardot, "Bonjour Tristesse" and "La Piscine", starring Alain Delon, Romy Schneider, Maurice Ronet and Jane Birkin and "Two for the Road" with Albert Finney and Audrey Hepburn were all films set on the Côte d'Azur.

Our final destination is St Tropez, one of the world's most famous "villages". Once a totally unknown fishing community, St Tropez started its days of fame when it attracted prestigious painters in the first part of the 20th century. It later gained international attention when stars of the movie industry (Brigitte Bardot, to name only the "sparkiest") made St Tropez their trendy place of vacation and even sometimes their home.

On our walk we explore a fairly steep stretch of the coastline before moving more inland across some very pretty vineyards. In the evening, we have time to wander around the port and explore the narrow alleys of the historic part, nearby.

Guided Walking HolidaysLiguria boasts some of the best food in Italy - including pesto Genovese, minestrone and focaccia. Because Liguria is on the coast, seafood and fish are a big part of the diet. Provence-Cote d'Azur has a rich blue Mediterranean coastline and delicious sunshine food like tapenade, omelette aux truffes, Ratatouille, Aioli, Tarte Tropezienne or Fromage de Chevre." 
Angela from Carlton, VIC, Australia

walking  Walk to the Stars [14 days] | Next departure from Florence, Italy: June 19 2019

Abbazia di San Fruttuoso near Portofino Italy

 walking tour Abbazia di San Fruttuoso

 

Villa Balbi Sestri Levante Italy

 walking tour Villa Balbi Sestri Levante, Italy

 

Walking Food tour french riviera

 walking tour Castle of Sestri Levante, Italy

 

Dolce Gabbana collection Portofino

 walking tour D&G collection, Portofino

 

Portofino Italy

 walking tour Portofino, Italian Riviera

 

Our delightful courtyard wih BBQ Provence

Relax at Residence Castellane


Our charming holiday apartments in Forcalquier benefitted from the quieter winter months and we made some more house improvements. Now all the windows have double glazing and all the old shutters have been replaced. We are also happy to announce that the new laundry and ironing room is now ready to be used by our guests.

All our four apartments are located in one of the nicest streets in the old town, rue Saint Mary - a charming, cobblestoned street leading up to a hilltop park. One of the unique aspects of the location is the fact that rue Saint Mary is a "cul-de-sac" and extremely quiet with no traffic noise. The main square with its lovely cafes and restaurants is just around the corner. It is certainly convenient to be able to wander down in the evening, have a lovely meal with a bottle of wine and not have to worry about who is driving!

The apartments have either one or two bedrooms with separate kitchen, lounge and bathroom. Three of the apartments can be connected into a four/five bedroom house - perfect for a large family or a group of friends. They have all of the modern conveniences and have been beautifully decorated in a modern Provençal style. Three of the apartments have delightful terraces with stunning views of the old town and surrounding Provence countryside, while one apartment has the use of the courtyard. On top of the hill, overlooking the old town, is a 19th century chapel set in a wooded cemetery, marking the site of the former citadel.

In the past, Forcalquier was a favourite residence of the counts of Provence and an internationally renowned cultural, political and economic centre. Today, Forcalquier hosts one of the liveliest and most colourful markets in the region.

Here you will find all the produce of the season: lavender, honey stalls and artists selling their wares. Wander through the restored old town with its narrow streets, basking in the middle of rolling luxuriant scenery and discover the many interesting near-by sites like the Verdon Gorge or the picturesque villages in the famous Luberon Valley. Enjoy delicious provençal cuisine from a variety of excellent local restaurants.

It is also possible to arrange yoga, golf, art, language and cooking classes during your stay with us in Forcalquier - please ask for further details.

Forcalquier is almost in the heart of Provence and all major points of interest can be easily visited in a day. Travelling time to nearby cities - Nice 2 ½ hours, Aix-en-Provence 1 hour, Avignon, Marseille and French Alps 1½ hours.

 

Guided Walking HolidaysYou may not get a better connection with Forcalquier than staying with The Clarke Family. Graeme is a local expert, and wonderful human, with so much to offer not just in Forcalquier but all of Provence. Graeme helped us decide on what adventures to go on in a day from driving through the Gorge, to seeing other local villages, to his favorite croissant. What an absolute pleasure. The apartment is beautiful and peaceful. It is nice and dark at night which helps with jet lag, and very quiet. I couldn't have asked for a better spot in one of my favourite towns on the globe. I travel with my female partner, and that was very welcome with The Clarke Family. Traveling as a gay couple is not always easy, but we felt at ease and loved with open arms. All in all, you will not be disappointed. Thank you Clarke Family!" 
Laura from San Francisco, California USA

walking Provence Holiday Apartments | From May 2019

Kitchen and lounge Eleonore apartment

 walking tour Kitchen and lounge Eleonore

 

Large bedroom Sancie Apartment

 walking tour Large bedroom, Sancie

 

Entrance house rental Forcalquier

 walking tour Entrance staircase, Forcalquier

 

Forcalquier Market

 walking tour Forcalquier Market

 

Lunch and wine at chateau lacoste

 walking tour Lunch & wine at Chateau Lacoste

 

Roof terrace Blanche

 walking tour Roof top terrace, Blanche

Food and Wine Festivals Australia

Upcoming Festivals for Foodies


There are plenty of events in Australia from Food & Fine Wine Festivals to Gastronomy Expos throughout the year. These Events bring together Australian and world-renowned winemakers, chefs and industry insiders to entertain, educate and inspire, you may also visit farm gates and cellar doors, meet with local producers, attend degustation dinners, taste regional products or even attend cooking classes! We have put a list of local and overseas gourmet events together, here is what's coming near you:

Australian events


bullet 04/05

Grampians Grape Escape [2 days]

Hall Gap, VIC
bullet 11/05 Pedal and Taste [14 days] Beechworth, VIC
bullet 16/05 Noosa International F&W Festival [4 days] Noosa, QLD
bullet 17/05

Clare Valley Gourmet Weekend [2 days]

Clare Valley, SA
bullet 17/05

Great Australasian Beer SpecTAPular [3 days]

Carlton, VIC
bullet 19/05

Grazing the Granite Belt [2 days]

Stanthorpe, QLD

 

Overseas events

 

bullet 15/05

Nantucket Wine & Food Festival [4 days]

Nantucket, MA, USA
bullet 24/05

The Food Show Wellington [3 days]

Wellington, NZ
bullet 30/05

Heartland Festival [2 days]

Fyn, Denmark
bullet 13/06 Les Epicuriales [17 days] Bordeaux, France
bullet 14/06 Food & Wine Classic in Aspen [2 days] Aspen, USA
bullet 29/06 GABS Hottest [3 days] Auckland, NZ

 

See all Gourmet events for 2019

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We look forward to walking with you somewhere around the globe soon or welcoming you to our accommodation in Byron or Forcalquier.

Gabriela, Graeme and the team at Walkabout Gourmet Adventures

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Grampians Grape Escape

 walking tour Grampians Grape Escape


Noosa International Festival

 walking tour Noosa International Festival


Clare Valley Gourmet Weekend

 walking tour Clare Valley Gourmet Weekend


The Food Show Wellington

 walking tour The Food Show Wellington


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