September / October 2006
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Travel is up in 2006 ~ and
more and more people are experiencing a château stay for the first time ~
we know that it won't be their last! Once anyone has stayed in a château,
priory or country manor house, they are far too spoiled to stay anywhere
else! Granted, hotel or rented apartments are perfect when visiting
Paris or another large city. But, for a true French country experience,
there is nothing more special than staying with the members of au Château!
French Quiz 65
Paris by arrondissement ~ true or false
(1) the numbering is done in a clockwise elliptical starting at the center
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 charming bastide village that draws visitors to its
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Make your holiday reservations . . .
As we write this newsletter, we realize that most plans for summer and autumn travel have been made. But, there are those who just love to travel really off season, especially at Christmas and the New Year.
Although many of our members are not open at that time, a great number of them are ~ and they are looking forward to welcoming guests during the holidays. What could be more romantic and peaceful as Christmas in the French countryside or New Year's Eve in the company of other travelers around a roaring fire in an historic château?
If you are considering such a trip, please visit the properties on our web site and look for the Open notation near the bottom left of their first page. This will tell you when they are closed, but for those looking for holiday accommodations, look for the properties that say Open All Year.
We know it's only August, but it is the perfect time to make your holiday plans...before the château you want is full!
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September in France . . .
Look for our November/December newsletter where we will give you a guest's view of stays at the following châteaux that are members of our web site:
Our itinerary may seem more hectic than it will really be...and we are really looking forward to the variety, charm and history that awaits us at these fine au Château properties.
Easy Recipe: Roasted Sugar Snap Peas with Fleur de Sel
Fleur de Sel is wonderful sea salt from France. It can come from as diverse regions of the country as the Camargue in the south to Brittany in the northwest, and it can be purchased in specialty shops, family groceries and gift shops. Try it with sugar snap peas for a light and delicious summer vegetable.
Salt collecting in Brittany
You will need one pound of sugar snap peas, a tablespoon of olive oil, fleur de sel, and two tablespoons of chopped chives. For added flavor and variety, you can substitute French walnut oil for the olive oil.
Line a cookie or baking sheet with aluminum foil, shiny side up. Toss the peas in the oil and spread in a single layer onto the sheet. Broil for about 2 to 2 1/2 minutes until just crisp and tender, with only slight browning in spots. You can turn them once with a spatula, but do monitor them closely.
Place the broiled peas in a serving bowl and toss with fleur de sel ~ starting with a little, and then adjusting to taste. Toss again with chives, and serve.
Serves 6. Bon appétit!
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have enjoyed au Château News.