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CLIENTS COMMENTS

cooking holiday Dordogne and BordeauxMa chère Corinne,
Good fortune smiled on us when we found Lifestyle Vacations and you to shepherd us along our tour.
Your love of the French culture and passion for sharing made our birthday celebration a holiday beyond our expectations.
Our adventure in the Dordogne was enriching in many ways….Seeing the countryside steeped  in heritage and natural beauty, enjoying the regional dishes and wines, learning the art of cooking and tips from talented Michelin chefs. We made spectacular dishes!
We wanted a cultural and culinary experience; so came with our eyes and minds open and left with many treasures.  An appreciation of South west France with its breathtaking vistas, superb wines, and myriad of gourmand specialities. We renewed our spirits ∼ gained a few pounds ∼ and made a new friendship!
Our paths have crossed only for a short time but the memories will remain for our lifetime.
Ma mémoire a retenu de très bons souvenirs du voyage au bordelais et je tiens à vous en remercier vivement.
Maggie

Margaret B. (Canada)

Geri partook the market cooking class in Paris with us…

Hello Corinne,
This cooking class was truly one of the best I have attended. Chef Lise was knowledgeable and professional. The choice of menu items was outstanding. Overall-A great experience. Thank you so much for your help to be able to attend this wonderful class.
Sincerely,  Geri.
Geri P. (USA)

TASTE OF BORDEAUX & DORDOGNEDear Corinne
We will miss your cheery smile in the morning.
Your endless enthusiasm for all thing French
For your translations of signs, conversation and life
For your very good judgement for our days with you
For stopping for every spot for pictures.
We will miss you…
Many thanks. Merci Corinne !

Lynda R. (Canada)
Hi Corinne,
Eric and I would very much like to thank you for our morning in Bordeaux, and teaching us many new cooking techniques that we look forward to trying at home.  You are a wonderful teacher and cook and we both wish you much success.  And lunch was amazing and I have already informed friends that we will be cooking them dinner soon!
Merci beaucoup,
Natalie and Eric
Natalie S. (USA)

Dear Corrine,
Thank you for a wonderful week in Provence and for taking us to the airport this morning. We had a fantastic time and enjoyed every minute. We arrived safety in Dublin and we will meet the tour tomorrow. Enjoy your weekend!
Kind Regards.
Donna

Donna H. (Australia)

Dear Corinne,
Again a big thank you for providing us with a wonderful time in Provence, you were marvellous and have become a good friend to both of us. I am just getting ready to go to Mass at The Cathedral of St Mary here in Dublin, with a girls choir singing. I will remember you in my prayers. The Irish people are as lovely as ever. Good health and happiness to you….
Merril

Merril B. (Australia)

I wanted to thank you Corinne for a wonderful week in Provence! I enjoyed every single minute and I treasure the views, the cooking and all the wonderful time I had. Thank you for the arrangements, the planning and the execution and the places we went to. Again, thank you and I hope to travel again with your guidance. Hugs and kisses!

Haya Z. (Israel)

Hi Corinne,
I wanted to thank you one more time for everything. The Magic of Gourmet Provence tour you tailor-made for our group was fabulous. I had a lot of fun and learned a lot thanks to you. I hope to see you soon !
Elissa

Elissa N. (USA)

Thank you Corinne for a wonderful time.
I cannot express how grateful Keith, Heither and I are for all that you did for making our time in France exceptional.

Lisa D. (USA)

“Lyon, the picturesque surreal town”

It was absolutely amazing. It was my first time traveling alone and with very limited knowledge of the language. I did my best to assimilate and spoke the language as often as I could. The food, the tours, and the company was such an incredible experience. I met a lot of other individuals traveling from all over. I learned a ton, saw a lot, and made friends too. Thank you Corinne for the tours, cooking lessons and great conversations. (Posted on Trip Advisor, 08/04/2015)

Faith C. (USA)

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Karen, Linda & Bruce M. (USA)

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Jenan A. (USA)

Thanks Corinne!  We had a such a great time with you.  Thanks for everything!

Mary H. (USA)

Hello Corinne,
I’ve arrived safely back home.
Thanks for your hospitality and kindness during the tour. I feel so grateful to have had the opportunity to meet and get to know you. I’ve learned a lot this past week and have so much to consider for the future. Also, thanks for the opportunity to explore Paris with you. It was great to hear your insight on the pastry business.
Please also thank Chef Severine and Chef Franck for graciously taking the time to share their knowledge with us.
See you again in Paris.
Best wishes,
Verla.

Verla N. (USA)

Corinne is great to prepare your vacations in France!

I had Corinne in November 2009 and 4 years later in April, I asked her to prepare a tour for me and my husband to the best wineries in French in 13 days. We did Paris airport (rent a car) to Burgundy, 3 days, then Beaujolais, Rhone Valley, Bordeaux, Loire Valley and Paris. She booked the “must go” restaurants, excellent. I had to skip few because the time and I really loved the marathon but with 62 years old we ate a lot and drove about 3,000 km!

Corinne is fabulous. Tell her your style and ask her to do according with your lifestyle otherwise you are going to be in problem and when she books the restaurants she is sure that you are going to be there but some times the food was a lot and the we tried to do the most. If you are not going try to cancel (it’s hard if you don’t have a phone and I had one that all the time needs more euros and I couldn’t make the calls. Sometimes we got so late at the B&B (60% of them were very nice, 30% excellent and 10% not for us). I asked comfort, price, wireless internet, and breakfast. I intend to write about the B&Bs and post pictures once I am ready with the pictures. I loved! Thanks,Corinne!

Celita L. (USA)

Dear Corinne,
Thank you for a fabulous day today. Robin and I thoroughly enjoyed your guidance and your company. We are now convinced that the best way to see a place is to get someone who has inside knowledge. We are thinking our next trip could well be to France again before we start with Italy. Meantime, I have sent a note to Michelle to let her know how much we enjoyed our excursions including the wine tasting and the cooking class with Chef Patricia. Hopefully I will get some free time and look forward to catching up.
Kind Regards, Mariette

Mariette v.R. (New Zealand)

Everyone go and have the vacation of a lifetime with Corinne Preteur and Lifestyle Vacations! Coming from a globetrotter it takes a lot for me to say a trip is AMAZING! Our trip to France this fall and the custom food/wine/cooking vacation coordinated by Corinne was beyond 5 stars! Go visit her site and experience places and adventures you would never find on your own. Create your own custom adventure. You all saw the pics you know you can’t resist! Miss you Corinne!

Vanessa J. (USA)

Corinne, We were all delighted to join with you yesterday on the gourmet tour of Paris off the beaten paths. It was enlightening and we appreciated your personal input and expertise. It was enjoyable and fun. Warm regards.

Judith, Shirley, Sue, and Prue (Australia)

Thank you Corinne!!! Ali and I loved your lovely village and cooking school Provence. What a magical place!! Chef Rene B. is a fine gentleman and he showed much patience and love for cooking and teaching. Since we were carrying our paints, after cooking everyday we went off and explored this beautiful village and painted. We have some lovely pieces and enjoyed so much doing them. Thank you for all your help of getting the driver to pick us up at the airport in Marseille. He made our arrival very easy. Stay well Corinne and we hope to see you soon. All best.

Beverly and Alison (USA)

Dear Corinne, I would like to thank you again for the absolutely wonderful gourmet walk in Paris and the delightful evening at your home. It was such an honor for me to be invited to share your evening with Sarah and to meet your family. I am already thinking about my next trip to France and I certainly hope to do something with Lifestyle Vacations. My French teacher instructed me to write to you in French, but I did not feel I could express my appreciation and pleasure adequately. Thank you again, all the best and I hope you will stay in touch.

Ria G. (USA)

Dear Corinne, I wish to express my sincere thanks and gratitude to you. I must say that today has been the best part of my Paris trip, the memories of which I will treasure always. I am confident that I am able to produce macarons in my own kitchen to share with my family given the close tutoring and tips shared by you and Chef Patrick. Thank you Corinne for sharing a part of French culinary heritage with me. Warmest regards, ans see you soon!

Yati (Singapore)

Corrine, Thank you so much for a most wonderful and memorable tour in Paris. You were absolutely splendid and we look forward to celebrating France with you again! Lots of hugs and kisses

Thery, Maria and Judy (USA)

Hi Corrine,

It’s been over a month since we return from amazing trip to Provence, France. It was an enjoyable experience and country is beautiful and pristine. Everybody including you, Sophie and Julian made a fun vacation. Francois and Marie were great and she put out a delicious dinner. It was great to learn about Rhone wines and in particular Grenache grape and all heritage. Christine made five course dinner for Jack, her Hubie and Erik, my son and her brother. I  keep talking about you, yours and Francois’s music and Julian’s chocolate cake. Please convey my thanks to Francois, Marie and Sophie. I will definitely recommend you to friends. More importantly, when I come back to France, you will be my trip adviser.Thank you again. Warmest Regards.

Shodhan P. (USA)

Corinne Preteur of Lifestyle Vacations is truly the BEST! If you are looking for someone to create a personalized, five star gourmet travel experience this is how you need to do it. She is very organized, energetic and truly a pleasure to travel with.

We did a girls trip (4 of us) for 8 days with her through the southwest part of France in September 2014 and it far exceeded my expectations. It was worth every penny! Not only did she guide the tour, she was funny, a true professional and organized activities we would have never been able to facilitate on our own. I travel internationally quite frequently for business and leisure and this was a five star experience. She always went above and beyond, our accommodations were five star and the people and places we foisted were perfectly planned. She is very well connected in France within the gourmet industry.

During our 8 days we visited Bordeaux, Sarlat, Rocamadour, Médoc region, Dordogne Valley, Perigord, Saint-Emillion and much more. We had 3 private cooking classes with Michelin starred chefs as well as the former chef to French President Mitterand and inspiration for the movie Haute Cuisine. Truly Wow experiences!

We also visited over 4 vineyards with private tours and tastings in several regions of France. All restaurants were Michelin starred dining but we also experienced the local side of France through local markets, cafés, private locally ran farms, vineyards etc.

Can’t wait to come back!

Vanessa J. (USA)

Many tour operators offer a day trip to Reims, but we chose Corinne Preteur and boy are we glad we did. The whole experience from start to finish was just exceptional. Corinne is charming, gracious and speaks excellent English, but she is most definitely French and has been involved in the food and wine community in France most of her life. Consequently, she has deep knowledge of French culinary culture in the various regions and also has longstanding personal friendships with chefs, restaurateurs, winemakers and food producers all over the country, including in Reims.

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Paula C. (California, USA)

Gourmet Market Walking Tour” – My husband and I recently spent several delightful with Corrine Preteur, Lifestyle Vacations, in Paris. We started at the food market in the Latin Quarter, continued on to neighborhood speciality shops and finished with a wonderful lunch of purchases made along the way. Corrine was great fun to be with, the tour was educational and the vendors and shop owners were enthusiastic about sharing their knowledge of food and wine. If I am lucky enough to return to Paris I will contact Corrine for another adventure!

Agatha-Jane (Tx, USA)

Corinne, your gourmet walking tour is fantastic ! It really exceeded our expectations” – Thank you so much for a wonderful day yesterday and the car trip around Paris. This will be one of the most special memories of our trip and one we will share with family and friends at home. I will stay in touch with you by email and organise the week in Provence next year. Thank you again. You were most gracious with your time.

Gail R. (Australia)

Dear Corinne,
I’ve written this recommendation of your work to share with other LinkedIn users.
Details of the Recommendation: “We first came into contact with Corinne’s organization when we decided to take her “Paris Cooking Adventure” vacation package. We had no idea it could be so much fun!  Corinne is a charming, entertaining and personable tour leader and is completely professional in every aspect of the adventure right down to the accommodations. We just simply enjoyed the entire vacation. We highly recommend her tours to anyone looking for a fun, enjoyable and unique vacation adventure!
Would we do it again you ask? ABSOLUTELY!”
Service Category: Travel Agent
Year first hired: 2010
Top Qualities: Great Results, Personable, Expert.

Keith K. (California, USA)

Corinne Preteur has the most wonderful tours if you like food and wine!  I have enjoyed two of Corinne’s customized tours. The last one ended on September 20, 2014. Corinne picked us up in Paris and our first stop was a beautiful 4-star hotel accommodation in Perigord where we enjoyed two cooking classes. One with Chef Stephan and the other with Daniele D. former private chef to President Mitterrand. Then on to Bordeaux area where we stayed at a privately-owned chateau, a beautiful bed and breakfast overlooking the Dordogne river. We visited St. Emilion classified village and the Medoc wine region. In the beautiful city of Bordeaux we had a wonderful cooking class run by Chef Myriam. I highly recommend Corinne and Lifestyle Vacations France for a truly great French experience

Maria K. (USA)

Hi Corinne,

I am writing to thank you for the French Pastry Baking Course you organized for us in your genuine original bakery and pastry kitchen. The girls and I had a great time, we learnt a lot and it was fun. Your class was fantastic and it was one of the highlight of our holiday to France. A wonderful experience, indeed!

We have been home for a week now, and Morgan and I have made the chocolate tart for my family, it was sooo nice. Thank you once again!

Melissa (Australia)

Dear Corinne,

Shelly said yesterday was one of the best days of her life! Our bread and pastry class was just wonderful and you are a terrific guide and interpreter with a grand knowledge of all things food related yourself. Thank you again…

Liz (Canada)

Dear Corinne,

We are safely back in Brisbane after a wonderful 5 weeks away. What a great afternoon you gave us on our Gourmet Tour of Paris THANK YOU!

Thank you for your metro education and orientating us. We mastered the metro and were able to get back to some of the spots you took us to. We walked and walked which was good as we found the patisseries and cheese shops, not to mention the Wine a little to tempting ! We thought of you on your Cooking Tour with some envy ! Thank You again, our afternoon was a highlight of our trip. Will let our Travelling friends know about you. Warm Regards.

Dela and Rob (Australia)