France Cooking Vacation: Discover the Town of Mayenne
A vacation with “Gourmet Cuisine in Francel” is all about the food. In the hands-on courses, you’ll make classic French cuisine, such as baked goat cheese soufflé, in a professional kitchen where you’ll receive personal attention from Chef Maynard.
But when you’re not in the teaching kitchen, you’ll also get a chance to visit the beautiful French town of Mayenne, which dates back to the early 1100s and is the location of your cooking adventure. With its moderate climate, it’s a great destination no matter what the time of year.
Located near the border of the Brittany and Normandy regions in the French countryside, Mayenne is a charming small town. The river is a popular destination as its a great place for fishing, which is why the fish is so delicious here! Visitors can also bike or walk along the river path and visit some nearby towns, such as Laval. In fact, Laval -- the capital of the Mayenne department -- is home to a 11th-century chateau, where there’s wonderful views of the town below.
Part of your cooking vacation itinerary also includes a stop at the town’s 19th century windmill Le Moulin des Gués. This family-owned mill makes blé de noir (buckwheat flour), a process you’ll get to see with your own eyes.
This Loire Valley cooking vacation with Gourmet Cuisine in France includes daily cooking classes as well as every meal.
By Liz Hall