As a child, Leanne was always traveling to far-off places in her imagination. It wasn't until high school that she actually had the opportunity to visit a foreign country. As someone who excelled in French classes, what better place to go than France itself? It only took that one trip and she was hooked. Since then she has visited over 27 different countries, but no matter where she goes, all roads lead her back to France.
As an undergrad student she immersed herself in the language and culture while living with a host family in the Alps. Having loved her first experience studying in France, she returned three years later to pursue a master's degree in Nice. Now, as a France specialist, Leanne is lucky enough to have journeyed extensively throughout the country with Audley, while keeping future clients in mind to create unforgettable trips.
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One experience that really stands out in my mind is the cooking class with Provence Gourmet. Gilles, the chef in charge of teaching us how to cook traditional French cuisine with personal flair, was absolutely wonderful. We started the day at a local Provençal market where he explained the menu we would be creating and led us through the stalls to seek out the best produce and supplies. I loved sampling the regional products and interacting with the French vendors. Once in the kitchen, Gilles did an excellent job delegating tasks so that we were all cutting, dicing, kneading, crushing and stirring the different elements of our meal. It was such a fun and interactive way to learn how to build a recipe from scratch and we all sat around the table to enjoy the end result — which was the best part.