July / August 2006
Welcoming Two New Members
July 4th Celebration for Americans in Paris
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Summer has arrived and people are finalizing their
travel plans. Perhaps, for those hoping to stay in a château,
our three new members will be appealing!
Château de Villette
This classical château just outside of Paris is rented by the week and is ideally suited for a group celebration with family or friends as well as being the perfect venue for business conferences and meetings.
For reasonable rates, travelers can stay in truly elegant guest rooms in this fine château and enjoy all the pleasures of a French château experience while participating in one of the many programs offered such as cooking class with sightseeing, wellness retreats, leadership executive seminars, garden tours, shopping trips and other organized events.
If you are planning a wedding or other group event, do be sure to click here to contact Château de Villette for availability and rental information. (The château owners do not provide bed and breakfast accommodations.)
And, remember that Villette offers a 6 days/5 nights Da Vinci Code package which includes lodging in the chateau's deluxe bedrooms, trips into Paris to visit the various sites mentioned in the story, and more!
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For anyone looking forward to visiting Bayeux and its famous tapestry, the Hôtel Tardif (actually a fine classical mansion) is the perfect place to stay. Only a short walk from its doors is the tapestry and the cathedral among other splendid sites, and guests will find 30 excellent restaurants from which to choose in the surrounding neighborhood.
Although it is in the heart of the small city of Bayeux, the atmosphere and tranquility are completely country! Hôtel Tardif offers elegant rooms, sumptuous breakfasts, a grand park to wander or a quiet terrace to enjoy some restful moments. Guests will appreciate their surroundings and how easily they can step off a city street and experience the countryside!
This Normandy find, not far from the landing beaches, the museum at Caen and the verdant Norman landscape, is a perfect vacation destination.
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Who, where and when...?
(a) born at 56, rue Notre-Dame-de-Lorette, Paris, June 1848
You will find the correct answer at the end of this newsletter.
Villes et Villages de France
. . we hope to tempt you to visit these marvelous places
a captivating city on the Bay of Biscay, along
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Update on au Château members . . .
As we welcome new members to our web site throughout the year, we also lose a few along the way for various reasons ranging from the sale of their property to the decision to no longer operate guest establishments. This will update you on the properties that recently were deleted from our site:
Château de Séguenville, Domaine de Verbois, Manoir de Tregouët and Château de Vaudourière are no longer with us, but please rest assured that of the 65 other members of au Château, you are sure to find the perfect lodging in the perfect location!
us at any time for assistance in finding accommodations or to ask us to
recommend a place to suit your particular requirements. Remember,
we have rental properties (make an entire château your own for a
week or two, for a wedding celebration or for a family gathering!), bed
and breakfast lodging with the personal touch, gîtes
for those of you who are seeking self-catering accommodations on the grounds
of a château, as well as places that offer horseback riding, tennis,
swimming pools, fishing, pétanque, volley ball, billiards, and other
activities on their estates. Many of our members offer immersion
French lessons, cooking classes, painting and other artistic pastimes,
too! There is something for everyone who chooses a destination from
Sponsoring this issue . . .
Americans: Celebrate the Fourth of July in Paris!
Are you currently in Paris?
The American Church in Paris presents The Roaring 20s, an exciting evening of celebration to commemorate America's independence. There will be a buffet dinner, live music, dance contest and prizes for the best 1920s costumes. The event is open to the entire Paris community!
When? July 4, 2006
Where? American Church Paris,
Price? Adults €
20, Children € 10
Tickets can be purchased at the church reception desk in advance or following 11 AM services on Sundays.
[Information provided by Bloom Where You Are Planted, a group of the American Church in Paris]
Easy Recipe: Eggplant & Tomato Gratin
This quick and easy dish comes to us from Michel Montignac's Recipes & Menus. We thank Monsieur Montignac for his very satisfying, healthy and well-balanced recipes, which help to lose or maintain weight.
You will need 8 slices of eggplant, cut across the width to about 1/2 inch (1 cm) thickness, olive oil, 8 slices of ripe tomato, 2 tablespoons (30 mL) pesto sauce, salt and pepper to taste, 1/3 pound (150 g) fresh mozzarella sliced, wheat bran.
Steam eggplant for 3 minutes, and drain on paper towels.
Preheat broiler. In a lightly oiled ovenproof dish, arrange eggplant slices in a layer, top with tomato slices and season with pesto, salt and pepper. Cover with cheese slices, dust generously with wheat bran, and broil for 4 minutes.
Serves 4. Bon appétit!
from Michel Montignac Recipes and Menus, by Michel Montignac,
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