January / February 2007
Two New Members Join our Web Site
- Château de Vaudezert
- Castel Merle
> We bid adieu to Château de Lezhildry
> A Week of Art in the Dordogne
> It's Easy to Rent A Car in France
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A Winter's Scene
couldn't resist sharing this photo of Château
John & Seibren Demandt Boon, Château des Tesnières]
Welcome Château de Vaudezert
Château de Vaudezert ini Normandy
on the grounds, built in 1949, is now the dining hall for family celebrations
and wedding receptions. Do inquire about having a wedding or family
event at the château ~ you will find it a perfect venue and easy
to reach for your guests.
of Château de Vaudezert will not only find the area surrounding
the château and the grounds beautiful and peaceful and their accommodation
perfect, but the warm welcome they receive from the Blanshards will
make their time at the Château filled with happy moments they will
Please visit Château de Vaudezert today on our site for a virtual visit and information on amenities, local attractions and pricing. We are very pleased to welcome this château to our web site and to add one more wonderful place to stay in Normandy
[Photos copyrighted and the property of M. et Mme Blanshard
SPONSORING THIS ISSUE . . .
a member of au Château for your stay in France,
French Quiz 69
Match the names with the careers/vocations
(1) Charles deGaulle
find the correct answers at the end of this newsletter.
Art Classes in the Dordogne
Sign up today to participate in art classes (all levels) taught by professional artist, Jenny Webb, scheduled for the weeks of April 28 and September 29, 2007. The all inclusive price per person is 980 euros including transportation from and back to Bergerac airport, daily breakfast, light lunch and dinner each day (wine included), accommodation at Le Prieuré au Château de Biron (double occupancy), and daily art classes.
To register for one of these sessions, contact Sally at Le Prieuré by clicking on her name. She will be happy to answer all your questions and to arrange for your complete comfort and enjoyment at her beautiful priory. [You might also want to inquire about the Perigordine Gastronomic event scheduled at the Priory between July 7 and 21, 2007.]
Villes et Villages de France
. . we hope to tempt you to visit these marvelous places
inside one of the roofed gateways, near the entrance to the city's fine
Château de Bournand - Charming Bed & Breakfast and Gîte for weekly rental located in the village of Bournand just southwest of Chinon.
Château de Détilly - Lovely château, apartment and coach house for rent by the week in Beaumont-en-Veron just west of Chinon.
Castel Merle in the Périgord
Castel Merle sits on 18 hectares of meadows and forests
We can't say enough good things about the delightful Dordogne département of southwest France. Exquisitely preserved prehistoric sites, incredible rivers bordered by timeless villages, and fine cuisine all come together in this region to ensure the most memorable of holidays.
Near the bastide town of Monpazier is Castel Merle, situated on 18 hectares of meadowlands and woods and dating from the 13th century. Here you can become the lord or lady of the manor when you rent the entire château for a week or two with family or friends.
the past three years, the present owners sympathetically restored Castel
Merle to accommodate 10 guests in three double guest rooms and two suites.
A live-in staff includes a chef who provides breakfast each day and dinner
five nights out of seven (included in the rental rate) and a housekeeper
to keep things neat and tidy. The château is available for
weekly rental from June 3 to July 22, 2007 (if booked prior to March 15)
and August 12 to September 30, 2007.
stay at Castel Merle will allow easy
trips to Bordeaux, market day in Monpazier, and visits to many of the fine
perched villages and bastide towns of the region. Do contact them
soon for your reservation, as the few weeks they are open to guests will
fill up fast!
and the property of
limited number of FRANCE 2007 Calendars are available
French Quiz 70
Pseudonyms . . . Match them up!
(a) Amandine-Aurore-Lucile Dupin
find the correct answers at the end of this newsletter.
Easy Recipe: Poires au Vin Rouge
This recipe, pears poached in red wine, is not only easy but seasonal. Pears are a wonderful autumn and early winter fruit and translate well into a delicate and easy dessert. The pears in this recipe will finish with a rosy glow and may become the highlight of your dinner party.
You will need four ripe pears, peeled and cored (but leave the stems intact), 1/2 lemon, 3 cups of dry red wine, 1/2 cup sugar, a two-inch strip of lemon peel, one stick of cinnamon, four whole black peppercorns and one vanilla bean split lengthwise. Cut a circle of waxed paper that will fit inside the saucepan.
Rub the pears with the 1/2 lemon to prevent them from turning brown. Set them aside. In a saucepan put all the other ingredients and bring the liquid to a boil. Simmer the syrup for 5 minutes or until transparent. Stir occasionally. Add the pears to the syrup, cover with the circle of waxed paper, and cook for 20 to 25 more minutes barely at a simmer. Turn them occasionally. Set aside and let the pears cool in the liquid.
Using a slotted spoon, carefully transfer the pears to your serving dish. Strain the liquid that remains into another smaller pot and reduce it to about 1 cup over a medium heat. Let it cool down until it is just comfortably warm and pour it over the pears. Let the pears cool to room temperature and serve this way or chilled. You can top each with a sprig of mint.
Serves 4. Bon appétit!
from The Best of France cookbook by Evie Richter,
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