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How to spend a great gourmet holiday in France

Tuesday, May 6th, 2008

Wondering what the best place is to spend a gastronomic weekend in France? Though it is difficult to answer since fine food and wines can be found throughout the country, we have cooked you up a couple of ideas for a gourmet break in France:

  • Attend a gourmet cooking course in Dordogne, France

Foie gras (goose liver), magret de canard (duck breast), walnut cake, truffle mushrooms, apple cider and Bergerac wine are only a few of the many delicious wines and culinary specialties that can be sampled in Dordogne.

Situated in the South West of France and also known under its former name Périgord, the Dordogne is one of France’s most popular tourist destinations. Boasting splendid landscapes, old castles, the medieval town of Sarlat, the Grotte de Rouffignac caves and the Lascaux prehistoric rock paintings, the area is also a mecca for French cuisine lovers and several Dordogne hotels and restaurants offer culinary workshops to visitors who want to enjoy a great cooking holiday in France.

For a gourmet break with a group of friends or the whole family, recommeds the Hotel Le Château du Doux which offers rooms and apartments in Altillac, Beaulieu-sur-Dordogne. This Périgord hotel runs a cooking workshop where guest learn how to prepare foie gras and duck confit (available on request only). In addition, featuring a lovely terrace with stunning views over the Dordogne river, Le Chateau du Doux restaurant offers an excellent gastronomic menu prepared with genuine local products, which can also be purchased and ordered at the reception desk. Hotel facilities include a bar, a library, an outdoor swimming pool, table tennis, French boules game, badminton court, French billiards, and free car park.

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  • Visit Lyon, Capital of French cuisine

Talented chefs, creative cuisine, traditional French recipes, luxury dining venues, Gault & Millau and Michelin rated restaurants, friendly bistros and trendy wine bars… Ever since the 16th Century Lyon, France has been renowned for its gastronomy and has delighted visitors with some of the world’s finest food and wines. With over 1000 restaurants, including Michelin star awarded La Mère Brazier and Nicolas Lebec and the picturesque bouchon bistros, Lyon is known for being France’s gastronomic capital and has always been a top gourmet travel destination.

Boasting a convivial atmosphere, Lyon’s bouchon restaurants – only 20 restaurants in the city are officially certified traditional bouchons – serve authentic, robust French and Lyonnaise specialties, such as chicken liver salad, salade lyonnaise, quenelles dumplings, gras double tripes, boudin, andouillette sausage, friend pork fat, duck pâté, bugnes beignets, along with Beaujolais or Côtes du Rhône wine.

Though the city has France’s highest number of dining venues per inhabitant, when planning your gourmet trip to Lyon you may look for a hotel with a fine dining restaurant such as the luxury Hotel Villa Florentine. Centrally located in the Vieux Lyon district and housed in a 16th Century convent, this Relais & Château hotel offers top amenities including outdoor swimming pool, meeting facilities, and spa & beauty center. Run by French chef Davy Tissot, the hotel restaurant Les Terrasses de Lyon features two dining rooms : the former Trinity convent room, which boasts superb Renaissance vaulted ceilings, and a winter garden offering spectacular panoramic views over Lyon.

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