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Paris calling

15 October 2010

 

I am now towards the end of my 3 week trip round France where I have met some wonderful people and discovered most interesting and lovely areas such as Strasbourg and Colmar in Alsace, Lyon, Annecy, Chambery in Savoie area and not to forget the wonderful vibrant city of Paris.

 What wonderful experiences -- from silk being woven on a handloom for Paris designers, to the Fete des Alpages and also a Fete des Vins in a tiny village in Savoie under the shadow of snow capped Mont Blanc!

When I arrived in Annecy it was the fete of the return of the shepherds and animals from the pastures - la Fete des Alpages and what a wonderful sight full of colour and music!

I have stayed in a variety of accommodation including an excellent little chateau in Savoie which is a lovely high quality B&B (chambres d'hotes), a hotel which was a former 16th century convent and of course I had to visit other hotels to do inspections and sample the food!!

 I had wonderful experiences in Savoie where I visited wine cellars meeting the owners and had a picnic in the cellar -- what could be better?? Bread being made for the fete in the wood burning stove -- the smells and experiences -- Little sausages being cooked in red wine over cut vine stems ---delicious!

The experience of seeing all that was happening, hearing the grapes being put through the machines to send to the vats -- and then when the work was finished, the owners would come and do tastings of several of their wines from previous years - accompanied of course by lovely local French bread fresh from the boulangerie to eat along with the local cheeses!

What an experience - I have just been so very lucky to have experienced and witnessed all this!

 



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TARTE FLAMBEE ALSACE TRADITIONAL DISH

ALPS WITH MONT BLANC

SAVOIE FETE ANNECY

LOCAL WOOLLEN CRAFTSMAN WITH LOOM

LITTLE TOURIST TRAIN ALSACE

BREAD FOR WINE FESTIVAL IN WOOD BURNING OVEN

BEAUTIFUL  CHURCH  CEILING  IN ALSACE

PICASSO SCULPTURE PARIS SQUARE

MYSTERIOUS CASTLE AND VINEYARDS SAVOIE