This 13-day French tour showcases the textile heritage of Provence with visits to museums, specialty shops, and workshops along with two days at the European Patchwork Meeting, an international quilting event that features hundreds of quilts and vendors.
In Lyon, visit the Textile Museum and become immersed in 2,000 years of textile history. Then discover how the Soierie Vivante association preserves the city’s last two 19th-century textile facilities: the municipal trimming workshop and the municipal weaving workshop. In Avignon, the art of fabric printing in southern France is highlighted at the Souleiado Museum and the Olivades factory and outlet shop, where artisans build on generations of craftsmanship to produce goods for today.
Of course, France itself delights with architectural wonders and natural beauty. Enjoy time in Beaune, the center of the Burgundy winemaking region. Discover artisan potters, and ocher quarries. And shop to your heart's content at markets brimming with wares.
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The tour begins at 11.00 am on Wednesday September 14, in the lobby of tour hotel in Paris.The tour concludes after breakfast on Monday September 26 at our hotel in Avignon.
Day 1 Wed Sep 14 Arrive Paris
Welcome to France! Meet in the hotel lobby at 11:00am to meet your tour leader for an excursion to the fabric district. It will be a fun time of shopping, strolling, and snacking along the way. For those not arriving in time, everyone will meet in the lobby at 6:30pm to get acquainted and enjoy a welcome dinner. (D)
Day 2 Thu Sep 15 Paris-Strasbourg
After breakfast, transfer to the train station to travel to Strasbourg. Upon arrival, transfer to hotel and check in. (B)
Day 3-4 Fri-Sat Sep 16-17 Strasbourg
The European Patchwork Meeting is the focus of these two days. Enjoy daily breakfasts in the hotel before exploring the internationally renowned quilt show, which is dedicated to both traditional and modern work. Travel via coach transfer to and from Sainte-Marie-aux-Mines; local coaches shuttle visitors between the four villages where the show takes place. (B)
Day 5 Sun Sep 18 Strasbourg-Beaune-Lyon
After breakfast, we depart Strasbourg and travel to Lyon by coach. En route, visit Beaune at the center of the Burgundy winemaking region. Surrounded by the Côte d'Or vineyards, the cobbled town is famous for an annual wine auction held at the Hôtel-Dieu (Hospices de Beaune). (B, L)
Day 6 Mon Sep 19 Lyon
After breakfast, depart hotel to visit the Textile Museum. The Textile Museum covers 2,000 years of textile history, and is the first such collection in the world. In the heart of the Croix-Rousse district, visit the Soierie Vivante (an association dedicated to preserving the last remaining 19th-century weaving workshops), the municipal trimming workshop, and the municipal weaving workshop. (B, D)
Day 7 Tue Sep 20 Lyon-Tain l'Hermitage-Avignon
Today we travel to Avignon by coach. En route, visit Tain l'Hermitage, a city known for its wine-making activity as well as for its interesting architectural and cultural heritage. Arrive in Avignon and check in our hotel. (B, L)
Day 8 Wed Sep 21 Avignon
After breakfast, we explore exceptionally well-preserved UNESCO site, the Pont du Gard, the three-tiered aqueduct built by the Romans in the first century AD. Next, discover the Agniel fabric store in Nîmes - Les Entrepots-Agniel. Madame Auday and Thierry will welcome you in an area of 400 m² full of fabrics, clothing, furnishings, waxed canvas, coated canvas, outdoor canvas, haberdashery and technical products. Travel to Tarascon and visit Souleiado Museum. Founded in 1988, this unusual museum mingles memories of the Souleiado production and the history of textile printing. Our next visit is the Olivades factory and outlet shop. In 1977, Pierre Boudin created, with the help of his wife, a company still controlled by their children and grandchildren, who have one goal: to perpetuate the ancestral art of printing on fabrics in the south of France, as it evolves and adapts to current times. (B, L)
Day 9 Thu Sep 22 Avignon-Aix-en-Provence-Avignon
This morning, travel to Aix-en-Provence for the Le Grand Marché (Farmer’s Market), the most interesting market day in Aix. In the afternoon, explore Aix-en-Provence with a walking tour that includes Cézanne’s Studio. The painter Paul Cézanne is Aix-en-Provence’s most famous resident. A visit to his studio is a great opportunity to access his creative energy and his intimate environment. Return to Avignon for overnight. (B)
Day 10 Fri Sep 23 Avignon-Uzès-Avignon
After breakfast, we travel to the town of Uzès. Visit the Duchy of Uzès, where you are free to discover its beautiful shops and galleries, the Duke's castle, or the medieval garden. In the afternoon, travel to Saint Quentin la Poterie to visit a number of artisans and potters' studios and galleries. (B)
Day 11 Sat Sep 24 Avignon-Apt-Roussillon-Avignon
After breakfast, we depart for the town of Apt to explore its lively Saturday market. The afternoon is spent in Roussillon with a discovery walk of the old ochre quarries and a demonstration of the uses of ochres as pigments in the old ochre factory, “Usine Mathieu”, now called Okhra. Enjoy a hands-on workshop in the factory. (B)
Day 12 Sun Sep 25 Avignon-Luberon-Avignon
After breakfast, visit the Sunday market in L'Isle sur la Sorgue. It hosts the largest antique and collectables market in Provence. In the afternoon, visit the Chateau Lauris in Luberon and tour its garden featuring plants that provide the pigments essential to natural dyeing. Tonight, we’ll enjoy our farewell dinner. (B, D)
Day 13 Mon Sep 26 Depart Avignon
Tour concludes after breakfast. (B)
Please note: tour itinerary may be subject to change.
Lynn Koolish is a fiber artist, teacher, and author from Berkeley, CA with over thirty years of experience in the quiltmaking industry. Lynn was an editor at C&T Publishing for 20 years working on books ranging from traditional piecing, appliqué, and embroidery to art quilting, inkjet printing on fabric, and more. She loves to share her broad range of knowledge with students and groups.
Lynn now travels and teaches a variety of quiltmaking, fiber art, and surface design classes for guilds and at quilt shows such as the International Quilt Festival in Houston; Quilters Affair in Sisters, OR; and AQS QuiltWeek in Paducah, KY. She has written or co-written five books including Fast, Fun & Easy Fabric Dyeing, The Wonderful Colorful Wonder Wheel of Color, and several books on inkjet printing on fabric. Learn more about Lynn at lynnkoolish.com.
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