A weekend in Château Landel

IMG_0236.JPGI was never the kind of little girl who dreamt of princesses and castles.Though I did own enough Barbies to populate a tiny island, it wasn’t until recently that I got the idea to spend a night in Cinderella’s abode.

IMG_0379Apart from the many palaces and castles kept as historic landmarks and museums, France has hundreds of castles used as a hotel space where you can book your wedding or just spend the night. I chose Château Landel – a small getaway between Paris and the town of Rouen (where Gustav Flaubert the author of Madame Bovary is from).

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IMG_0513The bedroom was small with rose pattern wallpaper, a circlular window that opened to the gardens and lamps whose yellow light made me feel I was in an abbey. The bed squeaked and the wooden beams were ancient, but this is what sleeping in an old French home is like – quaint, cozy, and 18th-century-ish. Of course, it was traumatic when the WiFi wasn’t working, but it was nice to step away from the digital world and spend an evening gazing at the stars. After all, the place describes itself as ‘le relais du silence’.

IMG_0441.JPGHow beautiful it was when the light of morning peaked through my window, and my breakfast was brought to my bed. I dipped into flaky croissants, orange juice, tea and pain au chocolat. Everything is so fresh in the countryside – the food is warm, the air is clean, the people are kind. A weekend in a castle is a lovely break from Paris.

Château Landel: http://www.chateau-du-landel.fr/fr/

 

 

 

 

La Grande Epicerie

IMG_0901.JPGThe luxury department store Le Bon Marché is home to an equally upscale specialty grocery store called La Grande Épicerie. What is just so grand about it? Well they have every ingredient, sauce, or sweet confection a true Parisian chef can dream of.

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Though I’m not a connaisseur of exotic jams or honey, I love to look through the thousands of perfectly packaged items and dream of one day being able to cook my guests a three course meals using these lavish recipes. I do however do plenty of shopping at their baked goods section! Aside from the rasberry cakes, and strawberry cakes, and mousses of chocolate, I love to get a box of macarons. I opted for the following flavors. lychee, yuzu vanilla, pistachio and rasberry. Mmm, c’est delicieux!

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