September, 2008

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Take a cooking lesson at Le Ritz!

Monday, September 29th, 2008

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In the heart of Ritz Paris, the Ritz Escoffier cookery school greets you in a fabulous site in a friendly and relaxed atmosphere for an initiation to the French gastronomy.  During 4 marvellous hours, learn to prepare fine dishes in a cuisine session or pastry session. After an explanation and demonstration from the Chef, you will make your dishes. The Chef will be attentive to your questions and will provide you with advices and tricks for you to take home… He will teach you recipes but also to grasp all the subtleties of ingredients, to give practical expression to your inspiration and to become an ambassador to an art de vivre to the great delight of your family and friends. All with passion and creativity, simplicity and enthusiasm. After the course, you will savour your dishes with the group around a table in a friendly atmosphere. 

Participants and guests : Courses are organised by groups of maximum 16 people for cuisine session and 9 people for pastry session. 

Conditions and restrictions : Courses are given in French only. (See our private cookery lesson with simultaneous translation in English). 

Dates : For the moment, you can book until the 1st November 2008. Session happen on Saturdays from 9am to 1pm and from 2.30pm to 6.30pm. We advise you to book your course a few weeks before your preferred date. 

Location : Ritz Paris, France. 

Price is about 135 Euros. Book your cooking lesson in France

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Go F1 racing in Lyon

Tuesday, September 16th, 2008

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Enjoy this unique experience in the world: a Formula 1 race in real conditions! Thanks to 6 high-tech Formula 1 simulators, you will be at the wheel of a real race car: 850 horse power, 19000rpm, and will take part in an amazing motor race! You can choose between 3 circuits: fast, fast-technical and technical. Can you handle it?    

Course of the experience: Formula 1 simulator (35 to 40 mn) Welcoming by the instructor.10 minutes of briefing and delivery of equipment (suit, helmet, hood, boots, and gloves).5 minutes of installation inside the car.18 minutes of piloting (qualification round + race) 

The Simulators : The simulators are composed from real cars, set down on a platform raised on a hydraulic jack at 1.80 meters from the ground. Speed, reaction time, braking, skids, centrifugal force…the platform moves according to every movement during the race. Everything with audio system and several screens which cover the field of vision of the driver. 

Participants : This Formula 1 experience is enjoyed alone. 

Dates : This Formula 1 experience is available all year round. 

Leisure on site : 6 Rally Simulators.6 Endurance Simulators.An alcohol-free bar.A lounge Bar.Fitness course.Spa: Steam room, sauna, Exfoliation, MassageA shop dedicated to brands and products that have been selected for their quality, design and technology. 

Conditions and restrictions : The simulators are forbidden to minors and people less than 1m50.The simulators are advised against pregnant women, people suffering heart condition and claustrophobic people.You need good physical conditions.  

Location : Lyon, Rhône-Alpes, France 

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Golfing weekend in Etretat

Monday, September 8th, 2008

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Combine playing at the Golf of Etretat, one of the most magnificent golfs in France, with a relaxing and gastronomic stay in the beautiful and charming 3* hotel of Saint Clair.    

Golf : The exceptional site of the Golf of Etretat offers the players with a unique and splendid view on the sea and Etretat bay, along the unique and beautiful cliffs of Aval. You will particularly enjoy the number 10, with a drive plunging seaward from the cliffs before sweeping back up to an elevated green.Exposed to all winds, the course is demanding, but the pleasure is real and the experience is magic. The Domain of Saint Clair will provide you with 2 green fees. The Golf is 1km away from your hotel. Technical data : 

  • Architect : Chantepie and Fruchet 
  • Type : seaside course, open country 
  • 18 holes, par 72, 6073 metres long 
  • Handicap required  : 35
  • Slope : 122 

Your hotel : In the heart of a vast park full of flowers and trees, overlooking the cliffs of Etretat, the sea and the village, this 3* charming hotel is formed of a small 19th century Anglo-Norman style château, Le Donjon, and a seaside villa built in the Belle Époque period. The domain has a charming restaurant where the Chef offers a gastronomic and refined cuisine combining tradition and innovation. 

Your room : Each of the 21 rooms and suites is personalised with refinement and elegance, referring to famous or fiction personalities from the Belle Epoque period at the early 19th century. All rooms have private bathroom & WC, with jacuzzi or power shower, satellite TV, telephone, hair dryer, mineral water. Your room is a double room category comfort. 

Leisures on site : Heated outdoor swimming pool open from April to October, 5 guest lounges, a library, a covered patio and two private car parks.   

Things to see and to do in the area: 

  • The cliffs of Etretat, and its famous cliff of Aval
  • The Golf of Etretat, 1 km away from the hotel
  • Sea and village 500m away from the hotel
  • The Clos Arsène Lupin in Etretat : an innovative and highly entertaining visitor centre dedicated to the famous ‘gentlemen thief’ of French fiction, Arsène Lupin.
  • Fécamp and its 12-13th century abbey church, la Trinité, and its Palais Bénédictine
  • The Pont de Normandie, a truly monumental modern bridge rising high over the river Seine near Honfleur, a delightful and charming typical village
  • Le Havre, 28 km away from the hote, and the musuem Malraux specialised in French Impressionists and Fauvism
  • The coast with seaside villages such as Trouville, a family based resort with plenty of Belle Epoque period charm, and Deauville, a fashionable seaside resort in the Second Empire
  • Cabourg, Lisieux, Bayeux, the beaches of the Normandy landings

 This week-end is available from 390 Euros at Golfing weekend in France

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Northern Brittany: Stay at Chateau La Ballue

Friday, September 5th, 2008

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Welcome to the castle of La Ballue. Set on the border between Normandy & Brittany, just south of the Mont Saint Michel, in a uniquely preserved agricultural landscape of rolling hills, for, forests, unspoilt coastal scenery, this listed 17th century castle is most famous for its gardens. The Chateau de la Ballue is a historic place, with today’s tastes, a retreat for many artists and writers. The castle is also an ideal base to tour this beautiful area, from the emerald coast to Saint Malo, the fishing village of Cancale and the magnificent Mont St Michel. The gardens have made the castle famous for they are truly magnificent. Enjoy the maze, the gardens with a collection of sculptures and the open air theatre. If privacy, individuality and style are important to you, you will enjoy the Chateau de la Ballue. Leisure on site : Visit the gardens and admire the sculptures, enjoy the maze. Also a collection of contemporary art, a music room with piano, and a library. Fishing, walk, outside spa and sauna (according to the season). Things to see and to do in the area : Golf, horse-riding, visit the town of Saint Malo, enjoy the beaches of the emerald coast, the small fishing village of Cancale and the Mont Saint Michel. Also the forest of Broceliande, world famous for its legends of the King Arthur and the Knights of the Round Table. This weekend costs 210 euros and includes for 2:

  • Welcoming with champagne.

  • One night with breakfast.

  • Diners can be organized at the castle if mentioned in advanced to your host.

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Experience Stunts driving in Paris

Thursday, September 4th, 2008

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Just like in the movies. In south of Paris, discover thrills of stunts doing a two wheels driving experience following by a car chase. Enjoy explosive thrills in a total safety on board the studio copies of the cult cars of “Starsky & Hutch”, “General Lee” or the “Blues Brothers”. With a professional stunt man, dash to do the more mythic figure in the world of stunts : drive a car on 2 wheels. Then after the landing, experience a real scene of car chase as if you were in a movie : gangsters against police. Enjoy inside and in double-quick time sliding and skidding, drifts, extreme skid, burns, reverses and 360° turns. An unforgettable experience. Course of the experience :  

  • Arrival at the circuit
  • You will be greeted by the team around coffee and fruit juices.
  • Quick briefing concerning the circuit and security instructions.
  • Helmeted and strapped, you are ready for a car chase of 3 tours of circuit on board a Gangster or Police car as the passenger of a professional stunts driver.

 The circuit of Marcoussis : the circuit “Espace Plus” is situated 25 km away in West-South of Paris in a leisure park devoted to motor sports. Stunts are done on a flat and secured area of 5 000 m². (gravel pit, security rails, protection wheels, choppers…). At your disposal : a welcoming room and a terrace with a panoramic view on the track. 

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Spa weekend at Sources de Caudalie

Thursday, September 4th, 2008

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Pamper yourself days and nights during this charming weekend in the Sources de Caudalie. In this exceptional place, in the heart of Château Smith Haut Lafitte, the best great growth vineyard in the graves, you could forget everything and spend time just for you, far away from your every day life…The Castle life in the middle of the vineyards, that is what Les Sources de Caudalie offer to you: the first vinothérapie spa in the World, a gastronomic restaurant, a traditional restaurant, a devoted staff…Enjoy! The Sources de Caudalie is a luxurious and charming hotel 4*, situated in Martillac, among vineyards and forests on the ancient estate of Château Smith Haut Lafitte. In a beautiful place, the decoration is in a refined simple style where you will leave time and the modern age behind. There are 49 rooms regrouped in 5 atmospheres : La Bastide des grands crus, for passionate of fine wine; Le comptoire des Indes, a love story between England, France and Asia; La Maison du lièvre, between lake and kitchen garden; La Grange du bateaux, for the sea world in Aquitaine; l’Ile aux Oiseaux, the superb “tcanquée” cabin… All of the 49 rooms are decorated with elegance and authenticity. You will sleep in a double Comfort room, attractively decorated in an individual style. Each room benefits of modern amenities: TV, Wi-Fi, mini-bar, private safe, hairdryer, air conditioning…  Leisure on site:

  • Vinothérapie spa Caudalie.

  • Bicycle.

  • Visits of French châteaux: Graves, Pomerol, Saint-Emilion, Médoc…

  • Outdoor swimming pool (25mètres).

  • Outside Jacuzzi.

  • Tennis.

  • 3 holes golf course.

  • Cooking lesson.

  • Wine tasting lesson.

  • Gastronomic restaurant «La Grand’vigne» and «La table du lavoir».

  • The « French paradox » bar.

This weekend costs 760 Euros incl. VAT and includes: 

  • 2 nights in a Comfort room.

  • 2 Breakfasts.

  • A meal a day alternately in the country-inn “La table du Lavoir” and in “La Grand’Vigne” restaurant. (excluding beverages)

  • One visit including a complementary wine tasting of château Smith-Haut-Lafitte.

Book this well-being weekend at Le Sources de Caudalies

Weekend at Chateau La Bretesche

Thursday, September 4th, 2008

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Enjoy a week end for two and discover the “Pays de la Loire”. At short distance from la Baule, you will be welcomed at Castle “la Bretesche”. In enchanting surroundings, simply take the time and relax. At dinner time, you will be invited to join the “Montaigu”, awarded one Michelin star, for a romantic and unforgettable dinner experience. Among other things, you will taste 4 dishes, served with adapted wines.  You will be welcomed in the beautiful property “la Bretesche”. Located at the heart of “la Brière” natural park, this hotel greets you in a fifteen century’s castle. You will appreciate according to the season the outdoor or indoor swimming pool and will enjoy of a peaceful and calm atmosphere. You can find 2 restaurants at the hotel: 1 gastronomic restaurant which is awarded one Michelin Star and a brasserie. You will stay in an appartment in one of the 32 rooms of the hotel. All the modern comfort. Each of the rooms has been decorated with care and refinement in an atmosphere which mix contemporary and ancient. Famous designers sign the materials: Kenzo, Rubelli, Manuel Canavos, etc. A true haven of peace, located in the outhouses of the castle, where you will appreciate the beautiful view on the square courtyard of the hotel. The rooms have also a beautiful view of the valley of Auge which you could admire from your private terrace. This weekend starts at 465 € incl. VAT.  The price included for 2 people :

  • 1 dinner for two at restaurant “le Montaigu” (composed of the aperitif, one starter, one dishes, cheese, dessert and drinks)..
  • 1 night in a double comfort room.
  • 2 breakfasts.

To book this gastronomic weekend in France