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Month: March 2011

San Sebastian

San Sebastian

After¬† few relaxing days spent in the Loire Valley, the plan was to travel south by train toward Lyon and perhaps down to Provence. That didn’t happen. Instead, we took a huge detour and decided to go to Spain. That’s how we travel. By our […]

Auberge de la Brenne

Auberge de la Brenne

Our first night in Amboise a cozy family run restaurant called Auberge de la Brenne was recommended for dinner.¬† This restaurant also happened to be listed in the France 2011 Bib Gourmand Michelin guide (which we found out after the fact). The restaurant has a […]

Loire Valley

Loire Valley

We stayed at a wonderful chateau in Loire Valley. It was everything we wanted in a vacation spot: peaceful, quiet, and cozy. The chateau has grounds for hiking where we climbed to the top of the hill and found rows upon rows of grape vines. The best part? Not a single person in sight.

This was our home for the stay in Amboise. It was a small cottage detached from the chateau. Right around the corner was the trail up to the tranquil vineyard.I could have stayed here for a month. The only thing that would have made it better would be to have a kitchenette inside the cottage for cooking up goodies from the farmer’s market. Mornings were made more special with a simple breakfast served in the main house. We enjoyed a variety of fresh bread from the boulangerie, local honey, house made preserves, fresh seasonal fruit juices, and organic, locally produced yogurt. What a great way to start the day. Now it’s time for some chateauing!

 

 

Amboise, France

Amboise, France

We’re recently back from a whirlwind escapade that included a nice stop in Amboise, located in the Loire Valley. Amboise is the perfect kind of town for taking it slow, eating, drinking wine, consuming vast amounts of cheese, chateau hopping, and relaxation. Time moves slowly […]

A Fresh Start

A Fresh Start

Welcome to my new blog! I’m happy to reveal La Couronne, a blog showcasing a few of my favorite things: food, travel, art, and anything else that sparks my interest. For those of you who have been following my dessert blog, I hope you like […]

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