A taste of France

Posted by admin | Posted in Uncategorized | Posted on 29-02-2012

France is a major European country that is close to Spain, Italy and the UK in its culture and history. Some of the famous things to be remembered about France include Napoleon, The Eiffel Tower, French Baguettes, Champagne and a delicacy, frogs’ legs. France is a great place for foodies to visit as it is a country that celebrates food and gourmet cooking and has plenty of delightful local produce to sample. It’s no wonder that the property exchange France can offer a weekend away in the capital city Paris and is on the list for many as one of their dream holidays.

Anyone visiting France to enjoy the food and wine would do well to carry out a little research before travelling to make the most of their trip. A home exchange is a great way to find somewhere to stay close to restaurants, vineyards and farms and to make contact with locals who will offer plenty of advice about local delicacies.

Wine and Champagne

France produces around 8 billion bottles of wine per year and is the original home to popular and prestigious grape varieties such as Burgundy, Cabernet Sauvignon and Bordeaux although there are thought to be more than 56 different grape varieties readily available across France. There are plenty of vineyard tours for visitors to take part in, and the tours often end in a tasting session that is sure to quench any wine-lover’s thirst.

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Farmers Markets

The French farmers markets are the best places to get organic produce and beautifully manufactured specialty cheeses such as Brie and Camembert, cured meats and grains. Most French towns will host a market at least one day of the week, and often there will be markets across the whole weekend. The Marseilles fish market and the Provence olive market are particularly popular. Other delicacies available include foie gras and truffles.

Gourmet Food

The typical French restaurant menu will offer 3 course meals and a cheeseboard. Popular starters include French onion soup or garlic bread. Main meals range from moules frites, Boeuf Bourguignon and Coq au Vin, and desserts are delicious including specialties such as crème brûlée and tarte aux Pommes. All of course served with good quality local wine!

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