In one of my recent posts, I spoke about my upcoming trip to Paris, and how I was going to make a familiar place feel new all over again. In this post, I’m outlining the rest of my upcoming French trip – which will be brand new!
First of all, it’s off to Reims in Champagne, where I will be the guest of Reims Tourism. As well as being the Champagne capital of the universe, Reims is a very historic city in its own right. Its ancient Cathedral is where French kings were crowned amongst other things. I’ll also be getting into some of the local food scene (of course), so look out for my pictures on Instagram as I go – as well as upcoming posts here on the blog. Then, purely in the name of research of course, there will be a visit to one of the famous Champagne caves. Which one? Well, that you will have to wait and see!
Even though I’ll be staying in Reims for a couple of nights, it can also be done as an easy day trip from Paris, so I’ll also be working out what to see, and what to do for Frugalistas who have limited time and a thirst for champagne in its native habitat!
Then it’s onto Alsace, to experience a very different part of France. Alsace has a rich architectural, food and social culture because of its history – it’s been alternatively German and French over the centuries. Having also travelled extensively in Germany previously, I’ll be keen to look at the “Frenchness”, the “Germaness” and the unique Alsatian culture. While I’ll be staying in Colmar, I’m keen to get out and about and visit the picture postcard villages on the Routes de Vins. As the name suggests, yes, there will be more “research” into the local wines which, like Champagne are world reknowned. As well as wine, Alsace is well known for its unique cuisine that combines both French and German influences, so yes, I will be researching that too! I’m fortunate to be staying at a hotel with a good restaurant, so I’m looking forward to savouring the local delicacies, and hopefully also chatting to the chef about what makes Alsace cuisine so special and so unique.
The final part of my French odyssey is an alas, brief visit to Lyon. As I’m only able to fit in a single night I’ve decided to limit my experience to the old town, and yes, you guessed it to food! Lyon is one of the great French culinary cities, and I can’t wait to get stuck into savouring the delights of the local bouchons (bistros) that have their own unique culture and cuisine.
So, if you happen to see a barrel shaped woman rolling onto the plane to Istanbul on the 12th October, it’s likely to be me!
In a first for me, you’ll be able to join me along the way via Instagram, or on Twitter @jokarnaghan1 or follow at #frugalfirstclassfrance. Do follow along, and enjoy some serious food porn, some glorious French culture and history and fabulous scenery. All my favorite things about France!