NOVEMBER 2020

Hello everyone

As this strange year of 2020 draws to a close this seems a good time to bring you up to date on our life here in Provence and our tentative plans for 2021.

With news in the last few weeks of several vaccines almost ready to go and indications that these will have a positive impact on our lives in the coming year and the future I feel it is the right moment to post a message and to tell you that our doors will be open again in 2021 and we will be here to welcome you.

Our website has been updated and next year’s dates posted. These are of course subject to change but we are thinking positively. In the next few days we will also post revised Booking Terms & Conditions related to the Covid-19 crisis.

I don’t want to dwell too much on the difficulties – for everyone – this year. The Covid virus has touched our families and friends. And our students from all parts of the world have had to cancel their courses. Due to local lockdowns and restrictions on non-European travellers we too have had to cancel many of our courses.

With our courses this year we had plans for a great season with a really good variety of trips and visits combined with insights into local businesses and a true feeling of doing more than skimming the tourist surface. We do strive in our immersion courses to show many aspects of French life, the reason I think that many of our students return to continue their relationship with the school, the village and the local friends they have made.

That said we can never overlook the wonderful treats that Provence is famous for and which we include in our programmes, be it the lavender fields of Haute Provence, the markets, Roman history, food and wine, gardens and exhibitions and culture. We are happy to take you for a stroll in our magical countryside or explore one of the local markets to point out the best buys.  And all this combined with enjoyable teaching individually or in small groups, leisurely lunches together and entertaining evenings with our French host Francis.

Now, with light at the end of this long tunnel, we are feeling cautiously optimistic. Over the next few months we will see where this takes us. We are excited and positive and hope fervently to be able to run our planned programmes. Despite our good will this is not entirely in our hands but only government restrictions or unforeseen circumstances will stop us offering courses and welcoming as many of you as possible.

The Luberon Valley and St Saturnin remain as beautiful as ever. The little businesses are here to charm you and a glass of rose and a delicious salad are still being served on a shady terrace.

Hope to see you in 2021.

Susan

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