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Interview: Meet the Founder of Goût et Voyage

Meet the Founder

Recently, I had the pleasure of interviewing Martine Bertin-Peterson, the founder of boutique travel company Goût et Voyage. A company that she started in 2014, with the idea of creating small group tours based around the way she likes to travel. Her vision was to develop slow-travel experiences that feel like a journey with friends.

Initially, we planned to meet for our annual lunch at a restaurant in the Alpilles and spend a day exploring the food lover’s secrets of Marseille. However, 2020 arrived, and we all changed our plans.

Born in France, Martine is an American Francophile who speaks five (5) languages, the first of which was French. With an MBA in Finance and an MA in French Literature, Martine worked in marketing and finance with Fortune 100 companies, including IBM, Dow Jones and Accenture. These days, you will find Martine teaching students at the School of Business of The College of New Jersey. When she is not teaching, she is dreaming of culinary travel.

Martine has travelled to over 50 countries and began leading group travel tours more than 30 years ago. With that much travel, she has experienced plenty of cancelled trains, lost luggage and flight changes. Martine tells me she discovered her first grey hair in Provence while leading a group of twenty 16-18-year-olds during their six-week stay in the region. Now, her tours are limited to small groups (maximum of six) with a focus on local food and culture.

Enjoy our discussion:

Experience Provence during the Holidays

Provence is magical during the Christmas season. France is affected by the commercialization that snares the rest of the world, at this time of the year. However, holiday traditions remain entrenched, and the decorations are magical. A Taste of Provence for the Holidays – promises a delightful combination of seasonal shopping, gastronomic discoveries, and an introduction to cultural traditions of the region. Read more here.

December 6 – December 13, 2020 – $5600 per person “Taste of Provence for the Holidays”

Signature Tour in Provence

When you join a Goût et Voyage – A Taste of Provence tour – you can expect a week in Provence with hand-selected accommodation. You will visit some authentic restaurants, cook with local chefs and meet guides who specialize in aspects of the region. No trip to Provence would be complete without a chance to visit the cultural capitals of Avignon and Aix, a look at the perched villages in the Luberon and the wine country of Châteauneuf du Pape. Martine has designed her trips to “feel like you are travelling with friends rather than a tour group.” Continue reading here.

May 26 – June 2, 2021 – $5600 per person “Taste of Provence”

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Carolyne Kauser-Abbott

Carolyne Kauser-Abbott

With her camera and laptop close at hand, Carolyne has traded in her business suits for the world of freelance writing and blogging. Her first airplane ride at six months of age was her introduction to the exciting world of travel.

While in Provence, Carolyne can be found hiking with friends, riding the hills around the Alpilles or tackling Mont Ventoux. Her attachment to the region resonates in Perfectly Provence this digital magazine that she launched in 2014. This website is an opportunity to explore the best of the Mediterranean lifestyle (food & wine, places to stay, expat stories, books on the region, travel tips, real estate tips and more), through our contributors' articles.

Carolyne writes a food and travel blog Ginger and Nutmeg. Carolyne’s freelance articles can be found in Global Living Magazine, Avenue Magazine and City Palate (Published Travel Articles).

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