2011 Trip in France – a Quick Look

A quick look at some of the sights and events from our trip to France in 2011…

We visited Paris, the Lauragais near Toulouse, Lyon, the Jura, Provence, and Collioure near the border with Spain. In Provence, we rented a house right in the center of a small village, Cucuron, for two weeks… a wonderful spot with many great local people, but many problems with the house – more on this later…

Please see other posts for more info on our trip.

À bientôt…

Auberge de St Julia – Lauragais near Toulouse

Less than 35 minutes from Toulouse by car is a beautiful region of France known as the Lauragais. As you drive its country roads, you pass through waving fields of wheat and colza.

Sunset near Maureville in the Lauragais

Sunset near Maureville in the Lauragais

 

In the small hilltop village of St Julia de Gras Capou is an Auberge with an excellent lunch.

Motion picture executive producer Serge Lebeau chats with one of the owners of Auberge St Julia after enjoying a fine lunch.

Motion picture executive producer Serge Lebeau chats with one of the owners of Auberge St Julia after enjoying a fine lunch.

A new venture, this good resto provides a single menu choice for lunch – trés simple! And Chef Pierre Batigne’s food is delicious. We enjoyed three courses including dessert – all for about 13 euros per person – and passed a pleasant afternoon talking with friends and the new owners, and sipping an excellent local rosé.

Auberge de St Julia
Rue du Vinaigre
31540 St Julia de Gras Capou

Tel: 05 61 83 04 79

www.auberge-desaintjulia.com

Patricia makes you feel welcome instantly at Auberge de St Julia

Patricia makes you feel welcome instantly at Auberge de St Julia

Au Sanglier – Traiteur in Paris Marais

Wide selection of terrines and other delicacies from Au Sanglier in the Marais

Wide selection of terrines and other delicacies from Au Sanglier in the Marais

We have discovered a fabulous charcuterie-traiteur where one can buy the most sumptuous prepared foods available in Paris! This is one of the benefits of renting an apartment instead of staying at a hotel i Paris: you have a kitchen and space to have meals. This not only can save expense, but often allows a better choice of meals and wine than you may find in the local restos.

Les Dames de l'Au Sanglier - happy and helpful!

Les Dames de l’Au Sanglier – happy and helpful!

The family that runs Au Sanglier is very friendly and helpful, suggesting sauces and accompaniments to your main choice of meal. We experienced fabulous terrines – salmon, vegetable, beef – highly charged with the excellent taste of of their fresh and unique ingredients. Especially the vegetable terrine: the essence of flavors of haricots verts, artichoke and carrot, all suspended in a silky-smooth creamed gelatin – cool and refreshing for a light dinner if you’ve had a big lunch…

Vegetable terrine from Au Sanglier in the Marais, Paris

Vegetable terrine from Au Sanglier in the Marais, Paris

Au Sanglier – D.Gouas Charcutier – Traiteur
“Qualité et tradition depuis trois Générations”
49, rue Saint-Antoine
75004 Paris, France

Tel: +33 1 48 87 85 87

Le Royal – Traditional French Café near Eiffel Tower – Paris

We stumbled upon this resto-café near the Eiffel Tower. After over-paying for a few lunches in the tony neighborhood of the Marais, it was great to find traditional home cooking at a very affordable price.

Affordable traditional French resto-café near Eiffel Tower

Smiles all around for the food and ambiance at Le Royal

The resto is small, so it’s a good idea to get there a bit early. We sat at 12:15PM, and within a few minutes, the resto filled with business people, working people, and a few Americans who (obviously) lived and worked in the neighborhood. The food is home style and delicious, and the house wine is more than palatable – an excellent value: the formule – lunch or dinner, including Entreé + Plat + Dessert + Biosson (!!!) – 12 € 90 (almost unheard of in Paris!). A real find for a true experience…

Le Royal
212 rue de Grenelle
75007 Paris, France

Tel: 01 47 53 92 90