Tuesday, July 28, 2009

Vacations in the South of France


Vacations

Soon will come August and I feel very lucky to go back to France for three weeks; those French are having tons of vacations; well I will be mixing pleasures such as sipping Rose de Provence by the pool, but also meeting with some fantastic great cheese makers, Black Truffle Distributor, and wineries

I thought that since the South of France will be my main destination I would make you discover one of the best place in the South

When it comes time to go back and visit, even though Paris remains an enchanted city, the South of France is the place to recharge our batteries, to relax and dine on amazing lunches and dinners by the sea.
It is impossible to cover all the beauties of the South, but here are a few:




Village:
Èze is famous worldwide for the view of the sea from the top of its hill, and it is a renowned tourist site on the French Riviera. It is home to the Botanical Garden of Eze, known for its collection of cactus and succulents as well as its panoramic views. Walt Disney spent a significant amount of time in Eze. The oldest building in the village is the Chapelle de la Sainte Croix and dates back to 1306


Le Château de la Chèvre d'Or in the mediaeval city of Eze sits between the sky and the Mediterranean Sea and offers a rare, warm, family-friendly atmosphere. La Chèvre d’Or is one of the best restaurants on the Côte d’Azur.
A real living treasure, the gourmet restaurant “La Chèvre d’Or” reveals the magic of fine food, with the subtlety of flavor, heady aromas and the characteristic spirit of grands crus. A winning combination of contemporary and traditional cuisine makes this one of the jewels in the crown of the Relais & Châteaux in Eze.
Dishes can take on unexpected new dimensions; crispy, crackling, melting in the mouth and delighting even the most refined palate.






City:
Hyères is a town and commune in the southeast of France; More than 7,000 palm trees are growing throughout the city and some 100,000 are produced every year for exportation; Hyères, the city of palm trees, was once the favorite summer resort of celebrities, some of the intellectual elite and the rich. The magnificent homes that were built near the old city in the beginning of the century are still there. The Hyéres Islands, Porquerolles Island, Port-Cros Island, and Levant Island, or Golden Isles (Iles d'Or), are three islands off the coast of Var County, east of Toulon. The name "golden" is said to have been bestowed upon them during the Renaissance because of the light reflected from the golden-brown mica shale.