May 2013: GOURMET PARIS With Lynne Vea


Gourmet Paris with Lynne Vea

Featuring an entertaining Cooking Class and Local Markets!
A Culinary Adventure to the City of Light with PCC Instructor Lynne Vea
May 4 - 11, 2013

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Lynne VeaOoh là là, it’s a Taste of Paris!

Join PCC Cooks Instructor Lynne Vea for a culinary adventure to Paris!

Since the 16th century, France has been the established epicenter of the culinary world. Now you can be a part of it with “A Culinary Adventure to Paris.” On this one-week gourmet escape, you’ll sample many of the culinary delicacies whose roots are deeply embedded in French culture and history. Sample the most magnificent pastries, bread, chocolates, cheeses and wines that Paris has to offer. Enjoy fine multi-course bistro dining, visit bustling produce markets and enjoy a private cooking class with a local expert chef! In addition, you’ll be treated to gourmet-focused guided walks of Parisian neighborhoods. Space is limited!



7 days/6 nights Paris



  • An entertaining cooking class
  • Private wine, bread, chocolate and cheese tastings
  • Outings to colorful neighborhood markets
  • Visits to your Parisian guide’s favorite boulangeries, pâtisseries, confisseries and boucheries
  • Intimate gourmet walking tours of Paris neighborhoods, including the Marais and Latin Quarter
  • Multi-course dinners and lunches in cozy neighborhood bistros
  • An outing to the village and cathedral of Chartres
  • A small group of soon-to-be friends



  • Fully guided by local culinary experts
  • A fun and entertaining cooking class
  • All breakfasts, three traditional lunches and two multi-course dinners
  • A tasting of French cheeses and wines
  • Visit and tasting at a renowned Parisian Pâtissier
  • An excursion to Chartres with a tour of the famous cathedral
  • Visits to charming French markets
  • Six nights of accommodations in a charming, centrally located hotel
  • Paris metro tickets and a Paris metro lesson
  • Gourmet neighborhood tours with a knowledgeable local guide
  • All entrances listed in your itinerary
  • Gratuities for guides, bus driver and program director
  • A Paris city map
  • Pre- and post-tour planning assistance
  • A pre-trip educational reading and viewing list
  • Alumni appreciation discounts applied toward future Expeditions



7 Days/6 Nights culinary adventure
*$2,575 (20 to 25 Guests) Land
Single supplement: $495
Your culinary adventure begins on May 5, 2013 in Paris
Journey concludes on Saturday, May 11- after breakfast
**Price is based on an exchange rate of .81 Euro to 1 USD and 20+ guests. A small group comfort charge of $175 will be added if the group number falls below 18.


GROUP AIR OPTION: Direct to Paris from Seattle on Delta Airlines **SOLD OUT** 
Flights are based on availability and subject to published rates at time of booking.

$1125 includes all taxes, fees, ticketing and airport transfers while in Paris (only 15 seats available)



Pay by check: Pay your final balance by check or money order and save $75 per person.

Alumni Discounts: All alumni of Earthbound Expeditions will receive $100 off the published journey price (private trips may be excluded). If Earthbound Expeditions has other discounts available, participants may choose the greatest available discount.

Refer a Friend: Refer a friend and save an additional $75 for each person new to Earthbound who travels with you on an Earthbound Expedition. “Refer a Friend” discounts may be combined with other discounts.



“Wine makes a symphony of a good meal.”

- Fernande Garvin, The Art of French Cooking -




Depart for France


DAY 1 Sunday, May 5-
Médames et Messieurs, Bonjour!
Arrive in Paris and transfer to your centrally located hotel. The afternoon is yours to stroll through the quaint alleyways of this city, or perhaps a nap is in order. Let’s meet this evening for a welcome orientation and gourmet dinner hosted by your guide and host Lynne Vea.


The Heart of Gourmet Paris (on foot)

This morning your guide leads the way to the best culinary addresses in Paris. You’ll have a gourmet walking tour of the markets which will include delicious baguettes, chocolates, pastries and cheeses. Experience the intimate markets of the Latin Quarter before continuing on to Notre Dame and the island where Paris was founded, the Ile St. Louis. There you may wish to sample ice cream at the city’s most famous producer. Time (and energy) permitting, our culinary stroll will continue on to the Marais neighborhood for a bit of window shopping in the district’s many shops. By mid-afternoon (approx. 3:00 p.m.) you’ll be free to explore the treasures of Paris on your own.


Outing to Normandy and Monet’s Gardens

We visit the “21st arrondissement” of Paris today. Normandy earned this nickname because of its proximity to the city and because many Parisians make it a frequent get-away destination. We plan to go to the village of Giverny, home to Monet’s residence and famous water lilies. You’ll discover that in addition to painting, the father of Impressionism had two other passions: cooking and gardening. We’ll see his amazing blue kitchen and yellow dining room and stroll through his Japanese and Norman gardens, which became his favorite painting subjects for over four decades. For lunch, we enjoy a traditional Norman feast at a nearby bistro before returning to Paris.


Exploring St. Germain and Culinary Class

The morning is yours to stroll through the quaint alleyways of the world’s most beautiful city or visit the Louvre, Musée d’Orsay, Rodin museum, or the Champs Elysées. Your guide will be happy to give you suggestions or maybe even offer her famous “Chocolates and pastries of the St. Germain tour.” Have lunch on your own and meet this afternoon for your included cooking class.


Chartres Cathedral & Village

Today we’ll make our way out of the city to the lovely medieval village of Chartres. Famous for its amazing Gothic cathedral, which houses one of the world’s most impressive collections of stained glass, we’ll have time for a guided tour of the cathedral which will include the highlights of the windows. You’ll also have time for lunch and to wander the delightful village of Chartres. We’ll be back in Paris with plenty of time for dinner.


Gourmet Montmartre

Spend the day with your guide in the lovely district of Montmartre: one of the many “villages” within the boundaries of Paris. The “Place du Tertre,” still filled with artists today, reminds us of when Renoir, Monet and Picasso lived among the windmills of Montmartre. Discover hidden gardens and gorgeous vistas of Paris from high on a hill. Muguet will introduce you to some delicious specialties and have lunch in a bistro reminiscent of a Toulouse Lautrec sketch. We’ll enjoy a delicious Parisian feast and toast to our fabulous adventure but save “au revoir” for the morning.


Your Journey Concludes

Au revoir mes amis! Some of you may stay on to do some shopping and others may be traveling on to other destinations. Whatever your plans, we wish you a très bon voyage!


Lynne VeaAbout Your PCC Host Lynne Vea
Lynne Vea is a graduate of the Executive Chef Program at Le Cordon Bleu, Paris. She has been in the restaurant and catering industry for more than 20 years and has worked as an executive chef for several private establishments and as a chef for the Hyatt Hotels in San Francisco. Lynne loves to collect old cookbooks, hunt for wild berries and mushrooms, and cook seven-course dinners where the guests are encouraged to dance and cavort between courses.







Not Included: Airline tickets, surcharges and taxes, alcoholic beverages, meals not mentioned, room/mini-bar service, gratuities for hotel staff, travel insurance and activities not listed.

Pricing: In the event that there are fewer then the minimum participants listed in your itinerary, you will be offered a small group comfort charge to ensure that the journey departs as scheduled. Former guests have greatly appreciated the benefits of traveling with a smaller group. Earthbound staff or hosts are not included in the number of tour participants. Please refer to your detailed itinerary for pricing information specific to your journey.

Currency Fluctuations: Although no changes in the price of your trip are expected, Earthbound reserves the right to add a small supplement or offer you a refund due to unexpected currency fluctuations of plus or minus 5%. Seventy-five days prior to departure, rates will be reviewed and if necessary, updated. Fluctuations greater then 5% will be posted to your final invoice. Example: if the US dollar falls against the Euro by 7%, a 2% surcharge will be added. In this case, Earthbound will absorb the initial 5% loss in the dollar. If the dollar gains against the Euro by 7%, a 2% credit will be offered. NOTE: this policy pertains to Euro zone countries (Russia, Western and Eastern Europe only).

General Tour Information: This is a walking tour. Although we’ll have a motor coach for the country outings, most of the other sightseeing will be done on foot or using public transportation, which involves stairs and lots of walking. Paris is a walking city, so comfortable shoes are a must!

Dress: In general, our guests feel most comfortable when dressed in a “casually smart” (not formal) way. We are often asked about jeans and Europeans of all ages do indeed wear them. None of the places we visit or dine require that women wear dresses or that men wear suit jackets or ties or any other special clothing. You’ll dine in casually elegant bistros that are not at all stuffy.


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“A Paris adventure? With Earthbound Expeditions and culinary guide Muget Becharat? Been there, ate that. And I can’t wait to do it again.”
Nancy Leson, Seattle Times Food Writer



“The first characteristic of modern art is not to tell a story.”
Andre Malraux



“Wine is constant proof that God loves us and wants us to be happy.”
Benjamin Franklin



“Remember gentlemen, it’s not just France we are fighting for, it’s Champagne!”
Winston Churchill