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Provence cooking at the home of Marie-Hélène

A little while ago I enjoyed a glass or two of local wine with Sarah Pernot, a fellow Brit and founder of Discover Provence; a tour company offering authentic trips around the region.   Sarah suggested I come on one of her newer trips, a Provencal cooking experience, to the home of Marie-Hélène… Read this mouth watering post about a Provencal style cooking class.

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Jill Cowdry

Jill Cowdry

My career started in the Hotel Industry training with Forte Hotels in Kensington, London. I chose to concentrate on sales and guest relations and enjoyed many years’ working with Forte and Kempinski hotels in London, Spain and Canada (where I spent a wonderful seven years in Toronto). At thirty, I changed career and became a head-hunter in London; a rewarding and fast-paced new direction.

A passion for travel has been with me from an early age and after college I spent a memorable year on a kibbutz in Israel….as well as plane hopping to many other wonderful locations before the serious business of a career started.

Ten years ago I became a mum to Olivia and later Anna. I chose to stay home to raise them but after eight years’ starting searching for a new career path close to my heart. My husband and I had been discussing a move to France for many years’ (or rather I had been trying to persuade him). France is my favourite place in the world. At the same time I had started following one or two superb travel blogs which inspired me to want to write. Our change came about last summer when we relocated for a year to Provence, and I launched 'My Dreamy Provence'. The blog is from my heart; authentic experiences, a place to inspire on Provence, French life and most importantly a message that you must never be afraid to change things around and follow your dreams even if it’s for a short time. At the very least I hope my blog and our Provence experience showed my girls to go for it and follow their passions in life.

We relocated back to London in September but I return to Aix regularly to take photographs, breath in the fresh air and continue my journey around Provence. The kids and husband may join me from time to time but they are happy to be back in this vibrant city. I plan to set up ‘My Dreamy London’ very shortly.

Take a look at My Dreamy Provence here.


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    April 22, 2015 at 12:04 pm — Reply

    Hi Jill

    Thank you so much for featuring the cooking classes by MH.
    In fact we have changed the name of the tour to ‘Live like a Local’ which you can find on the home page of my website. Surprisingly this tour is not selling at all – so any advertising is greatly appreciated. We also have 2 other new tours for 2015: ‘Cezanne in Provence’ and ‘Gourmet & Wine 2 Day Tour Package’ Both of which are proving popular
    Please let me know when you are next in Aix – it would be great to see you again.

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      April 25, 2015 at 7:38 am — Reply

      Hi Sarah: Your new tours ‘Cezanne in Provence’ and ‘Gourmet & Wine 2 Day Tour Package’ sound terrific. I am sure they will be popular for the 2015 season. Hope to connect with you in June. Cheers, Carolyne

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