October, 2009

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Ice driving experience in the French Alps

Wednesday, October 28th, 2009


Master the secrets of ice driving. Learn driving techniques on the mythical circuit of “Trophée Andros”, in Serre Chevalier in the French Alps. In a friendly atmosphere, learn to be confident faced to slippery situations and feel the adrenalin.

Course of the experience: ice driving experience ( 4h30)
You will be greeted by a team of passionate and professional instructors
1st briefing : such as hands position on the wheel, foot mobility , mass transfers, turns, braking techniques, security advice…
Practice on the track cut by a second briefing to improve on driving techniques. On the track, you are two participants per car and drive one after the other next to an instructor who will provide all advices for you to push your limits and get a maximum of sensations.

The circuit: The famous circuit of “Trophée Andros” is 800 metres long, from 6 to 10 metres wide and 25 to 60 metres thick, with speed curves and straight lines for great sensations.

Participants :
There are two participants per car next to a professional instructor.

Conditions and restrictions:
You must hold a valid driving license.

Dates :
This ice driving experience takes places during winter period, from mid-December to mid-March.

Location :
Serre Chevalier, French Alps, France

Price: About 380 euros per person for half a day.

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Wine tasting experience in Lille

Monday, October 12th, 2009


Enjoy a wine tasting experience in Lille old city in the fine décor of a 4 star hotel. Initiate yourself or become an expert in the pleasure of wine. In a convivial mood, learn all about wine with an expert sommelier or oenologist.

Course of the experience : wine tasting in Lille (2H30)

- You will arrive on site and will be welcomed by a wine expert, sommelier or oenologist. The session includes both theory and tasting.
- About six wines are tasted per session. Wines are chosen for their uniqueness depending on the session you attend.
- You will be given helpful tools : you will receive a pack with detailed notes of the session as well as a tasting book, the list of the wines tasted, INAO glasses to get the right tools to taste.

Various wine sessions during the year are proposed : Learn to taste / Selecting your wine for your meals / Bordeaux wines / Bourgogne wines / Champagnes / New World wines / Rhone Valley wines.

Participants :

This wine tasting experience in Lille is done in group up to 25 people.

Conditions and restrictions :

For beginners, advanced or experts: sessions are adapted to your level.
Being over 18 years old.

Dates :

This wine tasting experience in Lille is available all year long, half day one Saturday a month.
First dates : November 2009.

Location :

Lille, North of France.

Price :

About 60 euros

The price includes for 1 person :
- A 2h30 wine tasting session in Lille.

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Relaxing weekend at Chateau de Courcelles

Friday, October 2nd, 2009


Spend the week-end at Chateau de Courcelles, a historic house in the historic triangle of Reims, Laon and Soissons. Superb and exclusive, Chateau de Courcelles is a quiet luxury home surrounded by a beautiful park. The décor and furnishings are typical of traditional stately homes. This luxury hotel is the ideal destination for a week-end away from the agitation of the big city.

You weekend includes:
1 night for two in a standard room
Breakfast for two
Access to the facilities of the hotel

Hotel description:

The Chateau de Courcelles is a luxury and exclusive hotel with just 18 rooms and suites. Each room is nicely furnished with style and comfort, including the latest technology. The restaurant delivers a gastronomic cuisine, traditional French with touches of modern flavours and mixes. The hotel has a beautiful parc, outdoor swimming pool and tennis court. Chateau de Courcelles makes an ideal destination for a weekend break away, simply to relax and discover the area.

Location: Aisne, Picardie

Hotel facilities:
18 rooms and suite
Gastronomic restaurant
Room service
Leisure: park, outdoor swimming pool, tennis court; nearby: fishing, horse riding, golf course, Champagne vineyards and chateaux around Reims
Other: This luxury hotel is a Relais & Chateaux hotel

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