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Vacation on the French riviera #2: Tourrettes-sur-Loup

We continue our trilogy about vacationing in the South of France. Last week we went to Nice and today we’ll take you to the mountains or more specifically the Medieval town of Tourettes-sur-Loup. It’s a peaceful place, where charming alleys and traditional French markets comprises the soul of the town. 

The culinary school; ’La Cuisine du Jardin’
One will find a very special place in Tourettes-sur-Loup, namely the culinary school ‘La Cuisine du jardin’. It’s run by the Danish couple Arne Fusager and Birthe Sandager, and gourmands from all over the world can enroll in a week’s course full of cooking classes and wine from the area of Provence. When you’re not in the kitchen it’s possible to enjoy the tranquil surroundings and the beautiful property of ‘La Ferrage’, where the couple also resides. In all its charming simplicity the property consist of a couple of houses in true, rural French style and the surrounding nature is nothing less than breathtaking. Olive trees, cypresses and water fountains seems to be everywhere.

A stay at the culinary school is a great idea if you’re in need of a break from the hectic everyday life. It’s also a splendid way to experience something new while learning to cook French delicacies and taste some of the best wine this region has to offer.

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Exploring Tourrettes-sur-Loup
Do yourself a favor and explore the main street, Grand Rue which romantically wounds around the town. On the way one will pass an observation point, from where it’s possible to see all the way to the ocean on a clear day. There’s no hot-spots for tourists or neon signs leading the way to the nearest supermarket or bar. On the contrary, you’ll see laundry hanging on lines between the old houses with olive green shutters while the elder generations devotedly gather for a game of petanque. A certain calmness rules this town and it’s quite clear that time doesn’t matter too much. It seems like everybody know each other and they let time run its course.

It’s also essential to visit the local gelateria, which serves quality ice cream and lemonade. You will never go back to normal ice cream again after tasting this Italian treat!

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When the sun sets and it’s time for dinner, it’s recommendable to pay the small yet very charming restaurant ‘La Cave Tourrettes’ a visit. As the name implies, the venue will surprise you, as it’s not just an ordinary eatery. It’s an actual cave, although a very cosy one. First-time visitors can have a hard time finding it by first attempt, as it doesn’t appear of much from the outside, but once you step inside this magical place, breathtaking views and amazing Italian food and wine awaits you!

Bon voyage!

For more information about the culinary school go to: http://fusagersandager.dk/laferrage.html

For more information about the restaurant ‘La Cave Tourrettes’ go to: http://www.lacavedetourrettes.com/fr/14/la_cave_de_tourrettes.html

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Article by Julie Nørgaard 

 

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