Happy New Year!
New members have joined us -
de Prauthoy in Champagne,
and we have much more news in this issue!
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Château de Prauthoy
A stunning classical jewel from the 18th and 19th century is Château de Prauthoy, centrally located between the vineyards of Champagne and Burgundy and near the historic sights and charm of Lorraine and Franche-Comté. This bed and breakfast offers beautiful guest rooms and suites with air-conditioning and a just-completed apartment for three to five persons.
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The heated swimming pool and small pond are just two of the attractions on the grounds of the estate. More surprising might be the 'grotte' ~ an incredibly realistic recreation of a cave complete with stalactites and stalagmites ~ which is also the intriguing route to the château's wine tasting room!
Château de Prauthoy's location provides guests with a wide range of things to do and see in a variety of landscapes. For example, in Burgundy one can easily visit Dijon and its fine Musée des Beaux Arts, or Beaune and the historic Hôtel Dieu, or perhaps follow the Burgundy wine route from Beaune to Dijon. In Champagne enjoy visits to and tastings at the famed vineyards and Champagne houses.
Guests will enjoy the opportunity to have dinner at the château with prior reservations, and, of course, breakfast each morning is included in the room rates. Don't hesitate to learn more on our web site about this amazing château and imagine yourself as a guest here in 2009!
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French Quiz 92
Test your knowledge of French verbs!
a - to break
You will find the correct answers at the end of this newsletter.
Villes et Villages de France
. . we hope to tempt you to visit these marvelous places
of Normandy has long been the destination of travelers to France,
the sites worth visiting are the American cemetery at Colleville-sur-Mer,
Eglise has the distinction of being the French town where
a 'paratrooper' hangs suspended by his parachute as a memorial
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Domaine des Faures
This newest member of our web site, Domaine des Faures, is an inviting bed and breakfast on an organic farm in the popular Dordogne region of southwest France. The warm honey-colored residence offers guests several en suite guest rooms, an apartment and the possibility to rent the entire property by the week between April 1 and December 26, 2009.
Open all year as a B&B, guests will find the swimming pool delightful, the surrounding meadows very peaceful and the small herd of organic cattle a unique touch. This property is one of our 'green' members, focusing on protecting the environment.
The guest rooms are simply decorated and very comfortable ~ and air conditioned for those who want to visit in the warmer months of the year. Your host and hostess have renovated the property to a high standard incorporating geothermal heating and hiring local artisans to ensure that the renovation was in keeping with the historic nature of the building which was a former bastide.
If your destination is southwest France, you won't want to miss a few nights or more at Domaine des Faures!
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This three-day package of fun, exquisite accommodations and fine cuisine can be yours. Visit our Special Offers page for more details and then contact email@example.com for available dates and prices. You will be glad you did!
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For those of you who are more inclined to want to experience a Renaissance Easter, including a visit to Leonardo Da Vinci's Loire Valley home, Château de la Barre has just the package for you! This 5-day adventure begins with a Champagne welcome on Thursday, April 9 and ends with a delightful brunch on Tuesday, April 14th. In between you will visit the gardens at the magnificent Château de Villandry, tour Chenonceau castle, enjoy dinners at Château de la Barre as well as a unique Renaissance Gala dinner with musicians and magicians, attend Mass at a cathedral, go to market in Le Mans and tour the picturesque Loir Valley including the troglodyte village of Trôo.
Do contact Château de la Barre today firstname.lastname@example.org make your reservations for this exceptional 5-night stay in an historic family residence.
French Quiz 93
More language questions: French nouns and their meanings
a - intersection, junction
find the correct answers at the end of this newsletter.
February at Château de Challain
...enjoy a WINTER LUXURY GETAWAY in the Pays de la Loire, exclusively for the month of February. It is a three-night stay, including breakfast each morning, one Champagne dinner, chocolate and flowers. Choose from any available suite that is normally 200-250 euros per night, and receive a total savings of up to 200 euros. That's a 33% discount!
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Easy Recipe: Cold Cream of Asparagus Soup
This is a simple, make-ahead recipe that is so delicious your family and friends will think its preparation was quite complex!
You will need 2 pounds (900g) of green asparagus, peeled, 1 medium onion thinly sliced, 3 cups (750 ml) of defatted chicken stock (heat first, let it cool and then skim fat off the top), 1/2 cup (125 ml) of plain yogurt, a pinch of celery salt, and a pinch of cayenne pepper.
Cut the asparagus into 1 inch (2.5 cm) pieces. Place in saucepan with onion and stock, and bring to a boil. Reduce the heat and simmer, covered, for 15 minutes. Put the mixture into your blender or food processor and purée. Push the mixture through a sieve or strainer to remove any fibrous pieces. Transfer back to the blender and add yogurt. Season with celery salt and cayenne pepper and process until well blended. Check the seasoning. Refrigerate for two hours before serving.
This recipe, in small portions, will serve four. Bon appétit!
courtesy of Michel Montignac Recipes & Menus
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