Travel Incentives ~ May / June 2005
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US Dollars in Europe . . .
We all know that the US dollar isn't what it was only a few years ago when exchanged for euros. Lodging, meals and train travel in Europe are more costly ~ up as much as 25% over the days when the euro and dollar were nearly on a par.
Well, it's possible for the readers of this newsletter and the visitors to au Château who travel with US dollars to once again have parity with the strong euro. Three of our members are offering accommodations at € 1 = $1 in 2005 to guests coming to them from au Château.
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Click on the name of any property above to visit their pages and to access contact information.
that the euro to dollar parity applies only to 2005 room rates at
If you need some incentive to travel to France in 2005, we hope that the three offers above will provide just that! Remember, we're here to answer your questions, so feel free to drop us an email at any time at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Use our handy Fax Form
If you want to contact any member of au Château by fax to inquire about accommodations or to send them your credit card information when confirming a reservation, simply use our convenient Fax Form. Click here to open the form, print it out, complete the information and fax it to the owner. Fax numbers are provided on each member's first page at the top left.
Remember, it is very unwise to send credit card information via Email...always telephone or fax that information to proprietors.
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Tucked away in the vineyards & olive groves of Provence . . .
Provence is a favorite destination of visitors to France. For those interested in history and the many impressive structures left behind by the Romans, it is a treasure trove. For those more focused on great weather and fine cuisine, it is certainly the place to be!
Château Juvenal, one of our site's newest members, provides comfortable and cheery accommodations in the magnificent Vaucluse département allowing visitors easy access to the historic and gastronomic delights of the region. But, Juvenal is not just a bed and breakfast. It is a wine producing estate as well as one that presses its own quality olive oils. The vineyards and groves are the landscape of this fascinating château, with the Dentelles mountains providing a truly Provençal backdrop.
Cheerful Suite and Guest Room
Guest rooms and the suite are spacious and sunny, each with a fine modern en suite bathroom. One double room's bathroom offers a grand marble shower with jet sprays! A special discount of 10% is offered for stays of 3 or more nights ~ and a further reduction is offered for stays of 7 nights or longer. Prices vary with the seasons ~ high season is July and August; mid Season is May and June and low season is September through April. Guests can request non-smoking rooms.
included in the room rates, and dinner can be enjoyed at the château
with prior reservations for € 26 per person. As the estate produces
its own wine, it will be an enjoyable experience to sample those ~ they
are included in the dinner price. Wander through the vineyards or
take part in wine tastings presented by your hosts, Ann-Marie and Bernard
The Forestiers also offer guests the opportunity to participate in painting or cooking courses, tango lessons, cheese and wine tasting and, in January, truffle tasting! Reiki Massage is available upon request as well. And, there is a wonderful swimming pool for guests' enjoyment after a busy day sightseeing.
Even the most seasoned traveler will find Château Juvenal unique and inviting. Whether strolling the peaceful grounds, walking through the vineyards, sitting pool side with a cool drink, or playing a game of billiards or ping pong, there is much to do and enjoy at the château to make your Provençal vacation very special.
The vicinity is rich with quaint villages, historical visits to Orange, Avignon and Vaison la Romaine, antiques markets at L'Isle sur la Sorgue, lavender fields, vineyard visits in Gigondas and Châteauneuf-du-Pape, and great open country for outdoor activities like cycling, hiking near Mont Ventoux and walking. Do visit the château on our web pages soon!
Your Personal Chauffeur in French Wine Country
We understand that there are many people visiting France who would love a guided tour through the vineyards, stopping for tastings and receiving knowledgeable information along the way. Perhaps we have found the just what those people are seeking!
Pierre Galmes is an accredited chauffeur who is discreet, fluent in English, professional in every way and drives a sparkling clean, air-conditioned car -- and Pierre is a non-smoker. He has expertise in all important wine regions of France from the Loire Valley to the Rhône, from Champagne, Alsace and Burgundy to Bordeaux. Pierre helps his clients to discover all the famous places they have read about as well as equally wonderful places they may never have known. His inside information and ability to provide insight into the world of wine makes tours with Pierre rewarding experiences -- you could enjoy private tastings and meet some of the important people behind the production of France's greatest wines!
now, Pierre has facilities for chauffeuring wheelchair users in the appropriate
licensed vehicles (please access his web site http://www.france-chauffeur.com),
and he has identified hotels, restaurants, places of interest and hire
vehicles for the wheelchair user (please
of chauffeured tours are available on Pierre's web site at http://www.france-chauffeur.com
where you will find testimonials from previous guests, a schedule of tours
for 2005 (his availability is not limited to these), information on your
safety and security while traveling with him, and much more. Do pay
the site a visit! You may find you have just discovered the ideal
way to visit French wine country!
French Quiz 49
Test your knowledge of Burgundy. True or False?
Cave dwellers known as Solutreans occupied Burgundy 2300 years ago.
You will find the correct answer at the end of this newsletter.
Château de Challain
A fairy tale castle in the Maine-et-Loire . . .
This breathtaking château has been called 'le Petit Chambord' partly for its ornate towers and roof lines. Please join us in welcoming the beautiful Château de Challain to our web site.
CHÂTEAU DE CHALLAIN
owners of this magnificent fairy tale château have completely renovated
the property, and for the past several years have operated very charming
and historic chambres d'hôtes catering to those seeking luxurious
accommodations in the Loire region. Gala events are also held at
the château, making it a center of activity in the Maine-et-Loire,
a peaceful part of the French countryside.
The magnificent Tower Suite
Incredible full breakfasts are served each morning from 7 to 10 AM, in order that guests can be on their way for day trips at the time that suits them best. Lunch and dinner, with advance notice, can be taken at the château as well. A chef is on site to preparefine meals of fresh regional produce. The chef's great culinary expertise promises a dining experience presenting the best the Loire Valley has to offer. A full wine cellar provides dinner guest with a range of excellent vintages, and wine is included in the price of dinner.
The elegant salon and grand stairway at the Château
Weddings are a specialty of Château de Challain, and what better backdrop could a bride and groom ask for? The storybook atmosphere, the seductive charm and the special location of the château will make a splendid occasion even more extraordinary.
The area north of the Loire is spectacular in itself. Not far from the fine cities of Angers (visit the Château d' Angers) and Nantes (the Château du Ducs de Bretagne is worth a half day in itself), the château is also conveniently located for visits to many of the grand châteaux of the Loire such as Saumur or the Abbaye de Fontevraud. It is surrounded by pleasant countryside and near many of the prime Loire Valley vineyards where visitors are warmly welcomed for tastings. The people of this part of France are extremely friendly and welcoming, which will make a stay at Château de Challain all the more enjoyable.
[Photos courtesy and copyrighted by C Nicholson. All rights reserved]
Coming Soon . . .
If you have stayed at any of the properties represented by au Château, you will have fond memories and lots of photos! Very soon you can also see some of those properties depicted on lovely note cards.
The French have always favored written communication ~ handwritten messages to express friendship, to send news, to give thanks for gifts or favors ~ and our original note cards are perfect to send handwritten missives to your friends, whether in France or elsewhere.
Each card, and there is an assortment of 10 per package, has a pen and ink drawing of a French château or manor house. Each is exclusive to our company, so they cannot be found in shops or elsewhere on the Internet, with the exception of our 'sister' web site, FRANCE On Your Own.
be sure to visit our web site again soon to see examples of the note cards
with prices and information on how to order yours. They make lovely
gifts or are ideally suited for your own personal use.
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French Quiz 50
Rivers and Towns ~ Match the following:
(1) La Roque Gageac (a) Loire
You will find the correct answer at the end of this newsletter.
Easy Recipe: Crème de Cresson
For Spring, we've found a nice cream of watercress soup that's quick, easy and delicious.
You will need 3 tablespoons of butter, 1 red potato, peeled sliced, a large bunch of watercress rinsed and patted dry, 3 tablespoons flour, a can of chicken broth, 1/2 cup heavy cream, salt and pepper. Reserve a few leaves of watercress for garnish.
Melt the butter in a saucepan over low heat, and add the watercress, potato, salt and pepper. Cover and cook gently for 15 minutes, stirring occasionally. Gradually add flour, and cook for an additional 2 to 3 minutes. Finally, add the stock and bring the entire mixture to a boil. Lower heat and simmer for 15 minutes more. Stir occasionally.
Purée the soup in your food processor and return it to the saucepan. Add cream and cook gently until it is back up to temperature. Stir occasionally.
Place into soup bowls, garnish the top with a few leaves of watercress and serve. Serves 4. Bon appétit!
We hope you
au Château News.
[The answer to Quiz 49: all are true; Quiz 50 1e, 2g, 3d, 4b, 5c, 6h, 7f, 8a]