Colors and Cuisine of Provence,France
A Unique Experience . . . A watercolor workshop with an Eye for Design
Our home for the workshop is a French farmhouse near the charming hilltown of Saint Andiol. La Bastide d'Odette is
an authentic stone farmhouse on beautifully landscaped grounds including a private park, gardens, shady walkways
and courtyards and outdoor dining area. Many of the spacious rooms have stone walls and beamed ceilings. A large
pool beckons after a long day of touring and painting. You will enjoy meals both chez vouz (at home) and in
restaurants chosen for their regional specialties.
Excursions away from the farmhouse have been chosen with your painter's eye in mind:
Les Baux de Provence is one of France's Plus Beau Villages (beautiful villages) recognized for its special
passion in preserving its heritage and culture. You'll be inspired by the sweeping views of the surrounding
plains and the Rhone as you stand in the old village atop the rocky outcrop on which the town was built.
Shop for santons (little saints), handmade terra cotta figures crafted by local artisans.
Arles plays an important role in the history of the Roman Empire and Julius Caesar's Gallic campaign. The
beautifully preserved Roman forum, coliseum and arena are a UNESCO World Heritage site. Van Gogh
made his home in Arles and some of his most iconic paintings were inspired by the sights you'll see on
your Van Gogh intensive tour including the Pont de Trinquetaille, one of his favorite subjects.
Aix-en-Provence is where Cezanne lived and painted. You'll visit Terrain des Peintres (painters Park)
where he was inspired by views of Montagne Saint-Victoire, the imposing mountain that dominates the
landscape. Aix also prides itself on its beautiful people who know how to live well. You'll see this reflected
in the handsome shops, numerous outdoor markets and beautiful Cours Mirabeau, the city's "Champs-
Elysees of Provence." Find yourself strolling the wide promenade lined on both sides with double rows of
plane trees, fine houses and playful fountains.
Cassis is a small port town perched on rocky cliffs dropping down to the Mediterranean. You'll be inspired
by the sweeping seascapes and sheltered inlets. Colorful boats line the quay with equally colorful building
at street side.
And le gastronomie . . . there is no better place than Provence for rose' wine, olives from Nimes, a salad
nicoise at the source, aioli with salmon or crudités, and bouillebaisse. And you will have a Provencal cooking
lesson in your mas (home) for the workshop and a wine- tasting of the best of Provence. Oui, oui!!
Join Ratindra as he takes his popular watercolor workshop to Provence, the region of France that inspired so many
famous painters. All your senses will be invigorated: feel the warmth of the Provence sun, savor the famous green and
black olives, listen to the lapping of the sparkling waters of the Mediterranean and view the incomparable light of
Provence is where the French would choose to live and work, and also where famous artists chose to live and create.
You will visit the towns which became home to so many artists, and the fortunate small museums that received their
paintings as donations from the artists themselves.
The price 2790 Euros is inclusive of everything from the time you are picked up at the airport or train station until you
are returned there ten days later. Instruction, inspiration and coaching from Ratindra Das, all meals (with the exception
of three lunches), wine, off-site excursions, a cook- ing course and gracious accommodations are all part of the
workshop fee. Airfare is not included in this landed price. For additional information and registration, follow the link