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Discover the secret to

‘Joie de Vivre’

 
For those of you already planning to come to Provence on vacation and you are in need of a little help in organising a special day of activities then the Mini Muse experience is for you!
 

Drop us a note  and let us know your hearts desires.

 
Perhaps you would love to spend a day with us learning how to ‘brocante’ like an expert, or you need help planning a special gathering – a picnic in a cherry field, or a vintage themed luncheon? Or perhaps your would like an invitation to discover the hidden worlds of important local makers and artists?
We are more than happy to discuss your needs and to tailor make a day for you and your loved ones.
 

Email us on: ruth@thefrenchmuse.com
Call us on: +33 6 58 34 93 18

 
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Many tour operators offer a 'cookie cutter' style itinerary, rushing you from one place to the next, without a seconds thought to the very art of living, the 'Joie de Vivre' that is a quintessential part of Provençal life.

 

To live here is to slow down, to breathe deeply, drink in the beauty of the landscape, and taste the sunshine.



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Provence is a sanctuary from fast paced life, a place where food is to be savoured, company enjoyed and the soul nurtured - sounds good right?

 

We want to help you create an experience which will help you connect and be refreshed by the Provençal light, the warmth of the local people and their fruitful creativity.



 

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How does it work?*



Step 1:    Date

Drop us a line and let us know your dates…

 

Step 2:   Choose your theme:

From one of the following…

“Brocanting Bug”

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We like to think that antiquing in France is an art in itself.

We will tailor your Mini Muse Brocante experience according to your style and budget, ensuring you maximise your time (and money) and you will have us by your side throughout to help translate and negotiate.

The Mini Muse Brocante day is limited to a Saturday or Sunday – as the French brocante (flea market) is a weekend event.

Price:

  • Brocanting morning: 225€ (9am-noon) for two guests, 20€ per person for each additional person; four people maximum. Cost includes a bi-lingual (french/english) guide who is at hand to translate and negotiate on your behalf. Please note that transport is not included in this tarif, we would advise you where best to go based on your style and budget and meet you at location. Of course, if you do require transport we can of course arrange for same and create a special package.
  • Brocanting day: 400€ for a full day for two people (9am-4pm). 50€ per person for each additional person; four people maximum. Cost includes lunch in one of our recommended restaurants and a bi-lingual (french/english) guide who will be on hand to assist with translation & negotiation services.

Available: Year Round.

 

 

Private tailor-made antique & vintage buying day (s)

 

We are happy to create an itinerary for antiques buyers, designers, tour groups and even those preferring a one-on-one day of shopping.  We can organise anything from a French flea market morning to a full day outing including trips to our preferred “by appointment only” dealers. 

 

Importantly, our private tailor-made antique & vintage buying option can be organised mid-week, outside of the traditional weekend brocante / antiquing schedule. So whether you have a suitcase or a container to fill we will open our black book of antiquing contacts to ensure you get the most out of your time in Provence.

 

Please note if you wish to create a private tailor-made antique & vintage buying day then costs will vary from the ‘Mini Muse Brocanting day’ costs (guide price 100 euro per hour) and can include (as needed):

 

  • A bi-lingual (french/english) guide who is at hand to translate and negotiate on your behalf.
  • Liason services with your International shipper (this includes assistance with documentation, coding and filling out the purchase orders for pickup.
  • Guidance in arranging storage facilities (cost extra depending on size) should your shipper needs to pick up at a later date.
  • Concierge serves – we can arrange your hotel, plan restaurants according to your budget and taste, and assist in booking a car, if need be. We can also provide transport and drive/accompany you during the private buying trip.

 

“Inside the Atelier”

 
The French Muse experience creative makers meet collage
 

 

Visit some of Frances most beautiful villages, Bonnieux, Saignon, Lacoste and Lourmarin and let us introduce you to our favourite artists and makers.
 
Step inside the ateliers of the textile artists, jewellers, designers, sculptors, painters, printmakers and photographers that have made Provence their home. Discover their process, creative space, and uniquely crafted collections.

 
Price:

  • 400€ for a full day for two people, lunch & transportation included. 50€ per person for each additional person; four people maximum.
  • 225€ for a half day for two people, transportation included.

Available: Year Round. 

“Amuse Bouche”

Foodie experience

 
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We can create all kinds of foodie experiences that are guaranteed to tickle every palette.

Why not let us organise a gathering in an artists studios; or create, style (with antique tableware) and cater a luxury picnic in a secret location; or perhaps you yearn to learn how to make a mouthwatering ‘tarte au citron’ with a leading local patissier; or maybe your idea of heaven is a guided foodie tour of one of our favourite Provençal farmers markets tasting as you go along and meeting winemakers, fly trufflers, cheesemakers and bread bakers?.

 

Just drop us a line and let us know your idea of foodie heaven and we will help you create it!

Price: TBC dependant on desired experience.

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Payment plan


Contact us for a consultation and we will either be able create a custom experience for you or offer you a place in one of our gatherings.
Once you have chosen your day experience or custom tour dates, a €50 initial ‘hold’ deposit saves your place.
 
You will then receive a confirmation email that you return signed to us. The remaining balance for your ‘Mini Muse’ experience is due on the date.


Our cancellation Policy



If for some reason you must cancel your Mini Muse experience, please remember that a full refund can only be provided if notice of cancellation is provided one month before confirmed date.
 
After this date, if you cancel your place, you will forfeit your initial deposit.
 
Saying that we will try our absolute best to work with you if you have a change of plans. Dates for custom tours are flexible, but limited to availability. 
 
Please don’t hesistate to ask us anything if you are unclear about our booking and cancellation policies.

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