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Join Les Pastras on the mushroom hunting excursions in France! You will discover the quiet, unspoiled forests of the area and enjoy the bucolic and relaxed atmosphere of Provence. You will need to be equipped with sturdy, comfortable shoes that you don't mind getting muddy. During your time in the Provence forests, you will learn how to distinguish between edible and poisonous mushrooms.
Accommodation is arranged at a bed and breakfast or hotel nearby.
You will hunt for about 10 different varieties, including cepes, chanterelle, golden chanterelle, hedgehog mushroom, blue stalk mushroom, Tricholoma myomyces, saffron milk cap, white saddle, elfin saddle, and black trumpet. The arrival at the hunting grounds is followed by a brief tutorial on the different mushrooms you will be searching for. An outdoorsman's aperitif, including bread, sausage, pate, tapenade, mushrooms and red wine (juice for kids), will be served. Your search for mushrooms will end with a last glass of wine to toast new friendships.
The retreat takes place in the beautiful town of Cadenet, in Provence, the southern region of France.
Spend the afternoon mastering Provence's most popular pastime, the game of pétanque, also known as boules. You'll learn to shoot, score, and even cheat while overlooking one of Provence's most magnificent landscapes. And since no game of pétanque is complete without a drink in hand, the rosé and pastis will be flowing! The activity can be booked as an extra for 35 EUR per person for adults and 25 EUR for children under 16. It has a duration of two hours and it requires a minimum of 4 participants and a maximum of 12.
First, you will be taught the rules of the game along with a brief history of the sport. Then, you'll learn how to handle the boule, throw, shoot, score, and master the fine art of disputing a point. You'll play a competitive game of pétanque (with a glass of rosé in your hand, of course!).Your hosts will also have some homemade Pastis for sampling.The winning team will be presented with a commemorative trophy during an apero with Pastis, rosé, and traditional Provencal snacks (anchoiade, tapenade, mushrooms, and others).
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