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                                         September / October 2006



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
          (2) arrondissements were once independent villages
            (3) upscale shopping can be done in the 8th 
              (4) upscale living can be found in the 7th and 16th 
                (5) The Latin Quarter is in the 5th 
                  (6) Parc des Expositions is in the 15th
                    (7) There are 21 arrondissements in Paris
                     (8) The most northern is the 18th
                      (9)  Père Lachaise cemetery is in the 20th


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
when you are roaming through the French countryside.

Monpazier Market Day, copyright 2005-2006 by Cold Spring Press.  All rights reserved.

Monpazier is a charming bastide village that draws visitors to its
bustling market ~ a 'must do' event for travelers to the Dordogne
in southwest France.  This outdoor seating area gives weary shoppers
the opportunity to sit down, enjoy a cool drink or just take part in some
people watching.   The town was founded in 1284 by the English King Edward I. 
During the reign of King Charles V of France (1366-1380), the town became French.
The bastide of Monpazier is a National Heritage Site and claims to be the best 
preserved bastide in the Dordogne.  Place des Cornières, the location of the 
market offering flowers, fresh produce, clothing and regional delicacies, is surrounded
by marvelous 17th century houses, and the streets of town are on a perfect grid. 
Do visit Monpazier when the opportunity arises.  You won't be disappointed!

[Photo copyrighted by Cold Spring Press 2005-2006.  All rights reserved.]

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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French Quiz 66

 UNESCO Heritage Sites France

         (1)  How many UNESCO Heritage sites are in France? 
                 a) 17   b) 28   c)30  d) 35 

           (2)  Which of the following is NOT one of these sites?
                   a)  Royal Saltworks of Arc-et-Senans 
                     b)  Paris, Banks of the Seine 
                       c)  Cathedral of Notre Dame, Paris

               (3)  Which site joined the list in 2005?
                      a)  Cistercian Abbey of Fontenay 
                        b)  Amiens Cathedral
                         c)  Le Havre, the City Rebuilt by Auguste Perret

                  (4)  Choose one of the first French sites to appear on the list in 1979 
                          a)  Prehistoric Sites and Decorated Caves of the Vézère Valley 
                            b)  Chartres Cathedral
                              c)  Pont du Gard (Roman Aqueduct) 


You will find the correct answer at the end of this newsletter.

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:

In Burgundy

  • Château de Chorey, Château de Villette and Le Petit Manoir des Bruyères. 
In Normandy
  • Château des Tesnières, Manoir de Bellauney and Château La Thillaye
While spending a week at a rental cottage in the Loire Valley, we hope to stop in for visits at Le Verger, Château d'Alogny, Château de Bournand and Château de la Barre.  If we can manage it on our return to Paris, we will also stop by the 'other' Château de Villette on our web site where many scenes of the movie The DaVinci Code were filmed.

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 collection in Brittany
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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[The answers to 
Quiz 65 - True: all but number 7.  There are 20 arrondissements
Quiz 66 -  c, c, c, b]

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