aix en provence mirabeau fountain
promised trip Riviera Nice France
Camargue Safari Aigues Mortes flamingos
Mediterranean sunshine, France
harvest and wine tour france september 2018


Best-selling women’s fiction author Patricia Sands lives in Toronto, Canada, when she isn’t somewhere else. She spends months each year researching her stories in the south of France, her second home. Her fifth novel, Drawing Lessons, set in Arles and the Camargue, was published October 1, 2017.  Connect with Patricia at her Facebook or Amazon Author Page or  her website.


Deborah Bine, the Barefoot Blogger, is a solo female who left South Carolina for Uzés, France on a whim and following a dream. She travels and stumbles through France, where she doesn’t speak the language, sharing the fun, adventures and inspiration along the way. Follow Deborah at on Facebook and Twitter

  • Strolling the seaside Promenade des Anglais in Nice and touring the colorful city
  • Meandering through cobblestone streets of Saint Paul de Vence, filled with history, galleries and charming shops
  • Discovering Eze and the spectacular gardens of Villa Ephrussi de Rothschild
  • Exploring the ancient harbor town Antibes, Patricia’s home away from home
  • Walking in Cézanne’s footsteps in Aix en Provence
  • Savoring vibrant, trendy Sète and a culinary adventure
  • Living in Arles among roman treasures, world-renowned  architecture and the spirit  of Van Gogh
  • Enjoying a safari to observe the Camargue’s unique flora, fauna and rose-colored salt marshes
  • Experiencing market day in St Remy de Provence & the spectacular Carrières de Lumières in les Baux de Provence
  • Peeking into the Barefoot Blogger’s world in Uzés, Pont du Gard and potters workshops
  • Joining harvest time and tasting the wine

For the detailed itinerary, email

Still undecided?  Listen  to all of the wonderful things Liz had to say about the tour she did last year with Patricia Sands.

Per person US $4375* based on double occupancy / 16 participants

$ 100 Early bird discount (ending January 31st)

First three firm reservations will receive signed copies of Patricia Sands’ novels

Drawing Lessons and The Promise of Provence

Past participant  $100 discount

Bring a friend $100 discount

Included :
  • Airport transfers on arrival
  • Accommodation 11 nights
  • All breakfasts, one lunch and ten dinners
  • Gratuities and taxes
  • Transportation by air-conditioned coach
  • All private guides, activities and entrance fees as indicated in the itinerary
  • Professional English speaking guides
  • Tips for guides, drivers, restaurants

Not Included:

  • Roundtrip airfare
  • Meals and beverages other than those included
  • Travel insurance

For questions and reservations,

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“Patricia, I cannot say enough about the excursion in Provence last summer.  Every moment was exquisite!  I continue to feast upon the very vivid memories I have of all the wonderful sights.  You were fabulous as our host because of your knowledge of the area but most of all because of your friendliness and willingness to go the second mile to assure our comfort at all times.  Thank you so much for a lifetime of wonderful memories.”

Joyce , Marganton , North Carolina

“Thank you for an amazing tour of Provence and the French Riviera!  

Without Patricia Sands extensive knowledge of the region, there is no way that I would have been able to do as much or travel to multiple towns on my own. 

Pat, who has a great sense of humour, kept things lighthearted and fun–all the essential ingredients for magnificent group travel.

Patricia went above and beyond, to ensure that we enjoyed a unique and memorable experience, and for that, I am grateful.”  

Trudy, Toronto, Ontario


“As I look back on the amazing photos of my 2 weeks in Nice & Provence, the following bring a smile to my face and warmth in my heart:  spectacular scenery, new friendships, unique shopping finds, delicious food & wine and informative & educational tours, treks, excursions.  Patricia Sands, our Leader, made sure all had an exquisite vacation, she was flexible, very knowledgeable of the areas;  giving her advice, humour and experience in guiding us.  Wouldn’t have been as great as it was without Patricia. Santé !”

Crystal, Oakville, Ontario

Your blogs are captivating!”



“Deborah once again you have given me lots of information about France and your descriptions are perfect!!”



« I only recently found your blog and I am looking forward to continuing to follow it. I am also a solo traveller and I recognize myself in much of what you write about.  Bonne courage ”



“I have been inspired by the writings in your Blog and I can say that you are a brave women. God Bless You. ”



“I am in the process of doing this exact process! I quit my 34 year nursing career, sold my house, purged my belongings, got a divorce and am moving to Provence, France in February. 2018. I will definitely be following your blog! ”



“Just found your blog 7/20/15. We are traveling to Nîmes in late October, and also maybe to Uzes. I read of your new home and life with extreme interest because you are living the dream!”



“Having become obsessed with France a few years ago, and having lived abroad when I was younger, I have a feeling it’s calling to me again – the expat life… For now, I can immerse myself in your adventures. Merci!”



« Many thanks for all your interesting writings. It helps me keep in touch with Uzes and miss the place when I am on the other side of the world.”