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Newsletter Easter 2015

Dear All

HAPPY EASTER to one and all. We hope you all enjoyed your chocolate and that you may now be thinking of how to get rid of it all! Well what better way than a good walk sometime soon and whilst walking, enjoying a plethora of beautiful flowers and stunning landscape and wonderful light conversation??

We find some thirty different species of orchid in the month of May. There is still room on our walk starting 24th May. How about it??

We have just finished a highly enjoyable family week in the Dordogne. We do enjoy family holidays. This time we had 27 adults/adolescents and thankfully just did the catering for the evenings! We produced four different wines for every four course dinner and included some extraordinary cheeses. These gastronomic cheese wine marriages included some fermier Pouligny with the most delicious wine from Collioure. It comes from Domaine Pietri Geraud and is called Cuvée du Soleil. It is succulent with a caramel taste and was ideal with the sharpness of the Pouligny. We also presented a wonderful Dordogne cheese called Trappe which is matured for a few months with walnut wine. This was matched with a vin de noix. Rather obvious but exquisite all the same. Another gastronomic match which was a first for us and pure heaven was an Anselman Reisling Eiswein with our tarte au citron. I think it was generally appreciated that all present realised just how many different wines of astounding quality there are from the south west. This was a ‘seventieth’ for one mother to treat her whole family to a special occasion. A kind remark on leaving:

Again I must say how wonderful we think the two of you are and you gave us a holiday that will be remembered for the rest of our lives.

I think you all know that this is what we achieve so please think of this if you want to do something special for your family! It really will be memorable! We understand how important that is.

So back to the chocolate! If you feel like a walk we still have spaces for some itineraries. We are very much looking for a few couples to join us in Suffolk on 20th July. If you want excellent food and fabulous countryside (think of the Stour valley and those stunning thatch villages) then inland Suffolk is the place to go ! I think, of all our itineraries in Europe, inland Suffolk has the best chefs. I say inland Suffolk as opposed to coastal Suffolk as the latter charges more and gives less (there are exceptions of course like The Wentworth and The Regatta in Aldeburgh). Suffolk coast though is incredibly beautiful!

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To more immediate possible walking opportunities we have to look at the 24th May departure. This takes place in the Dordogne Quercy and is perfect for flowers. Orchids orchids orchids. And then of course poppies and meadow clary and ox eye daisies and milkwort in a profusion of pinks purples and whites. And for flowers also do not forget the special offer we are doing in Umbria from 22nd – 28th June. This takes place in the Sibillini mountains and the flowers are extraordinary here too. We are offering a special itinerary that is 400 euros less per person than our usual Italian trips. And for singles there is no single supplement so for singles this is a very attractive offer!!

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So there are still late opportunities for you to come and join us! We hope this might get you to get your boots on! For those less keen on boots how about cooking here in October?

Get in touch with us soon! With love from us all (Coco still in Seville, Louis still in London)

James, Diana, Coco, Louis and Choco-oioi