January 7, 2011
We don’t know about you, but we think we may just be starting to get sick of winter. Now that the novelty of bundling up in colorful tights, capes, gloves and scarves is starting to wear off, it’s time to turn our thoughts to the sweeter months and dream about once again lounging on café terraces, picnicking on the Pont Des Arts and taking weekend trips to La Baule. To help keep our minds on the prize, here is a lovely post by Andi (from the fantastic blog Misadventures with Andi) about what might just be the perfect springtime getaway from Paris…
Chateau Richeux, view of the chateau and a room (Courtesy of Chateaux Richeu)
If I could travel with anyone in the world, it would be with Anthony Bourdain. But since unfortunately that is not likely, for the time being I’ll just have to follow him on his excursions. When I saw his show on Brittany where he highlighted Le Chateau Richeux owned by Chef Olivier Roellinger, I knew immediately that I must go there and experience it for myself.
And I was not disappointed. The harmony and aesthetics of this piece of heaven are unimaginable; every single sense has been accounted for. You must see it, hear it, smell it, feel it and taste it to understand.
Walking the grounds of the chateau, I noticed benches placed thoughtfully to encourage rest, relaxation and the errant daydream. I ran into a little cabin where bread is baked daily ‘a la tradition’, not only to service the hotel but also to satiate hungry wanderers such as myself.
Chef Roellinger’s Spices (Leafar.)
Passing through a garden of spices, I came upon a flower garden filled with dahlias and other floral species followed by a vegetable garden with tomatoes, peppers, basil and many species of pumpkin and squash — all this to service the chef’s restaurant, Le Coquillage, where garden finds accompany local seafood à merveille.