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September 26, 2021

Gourin and America!!!

So in my road warrior trip I have come into many towns all over the world and especially my belle France. Some have been passing by chance, others well known in advance but this one well;;; it is so close yet was so far. Only an hour from my house but this is my first time there! And there, because I have heard the story of the important link between Gourin and the immigration to the USA and Canada as told by a collegue of mine that lives here, I like to tell you a bit of this story close to my heart as well in Gourin an amazing little town. The amazing thing as well was that while walking the city center got to see collegue from work who told me about and now saw him in town ! He had moved nearby but a native of  Gourin and was visiting relatives!  So I got good tips lol!!!

Gourin is a town in the department 56 of Morbihan, in the region of Bretagne, it belongs to Cornouaille (Cornwall) Morbihannaise. It has the particularity of being 83 km from Vannes, its departamental capital city , and only 40 km from Quimper, the departamental capital of the Finistére, dept 29 . Gourin is also located 47 km from Lorient, 71 km from Brest, 74 km from Saint-Brieuc and 143 km from Rennes. As well as been 71 km from my house! The routes we take are the D102 into the D769 (Lorient-Roscoff road) and the Quimper-Rostrenen-Saint-Brieuc road D1 which takes us right into city center Gourin.

A bit of history I like as an introduction post on Gourin!

In the 11-12C; Gourin was the seat of a viscount that extended over the parishes of Gourin, Guiscriff, Langonnet, Le Faouet and Leuhan and the Trier of Roudouallec, Le Saint, Lanvénégen and La Trinité. Among the viscounts of Gourin are the names of Cadoret who rose up in 1075 against Duke Hoel et Tanguy I who participated in the First Crusade with his Duke Alain Fergent. The Viscount was attached to the ducal domain of Brittany from 1265. Gourin then became the seat of a ducal bar which after the act of union of Brittany to France in 1532 will become the seat of a royal seneschal until its removal during the French revolution.

The first lords of Tronjoly were the Kergoet, who lived in the old manor house from 1426 to 1660. The present castle was built in 1768, replacing the old manor. At the beginning of the French revolution, the lords of Tronjoly sheltered refractory priests and chouans (rebels against the revolution) . Under the supervision of the republican authorities, the L’Ollivier were forced in March 1793 to settle at Le Faouët and some members of the family emigrated; among them François Urbain L’Ollivier de Tronjoly, wounded during the landing of Quiberon (Breton immigrants from England coming back to fight the French revolution) on July 16, 1795, was tried and executed in Vannes on August 1, 1795 (as about 795 others) . See my post of the castle and immigration exhibit as well.

In the late 19C and early 20C, especially between 1902 and WWI, Gourin and its region experienced a strong immigration, mainly of young men, to North America, although it began in the 18C. There was a second wave of immigration from the cantons of Gourin and Roudouallec in the 1950s following the visit of the Canadian consul., several young Gourinois went to Canada between 1948 and 1953. Many of the Bretons currently living in the United States are from the Gourin region . But immigration to these countries began around 1885, not all immigrants are young men, but sometimes older people, small farmers, small traders or craftsmen, not having land able to feed them; At the end of the 19C and at the beginning of the 20C, a large group of immigrants from Montagne Noirs ( Black Mountains) settles in the resort area of Lenox, Massachusetts , with women becoming housekeepers, and men as gardeners. By 1928, there were approximately 3,000 inhabitants of Gourin in New York, 400 of whom were directly employed by Michelin (founded in 1901 in New York), the factory of Miltown, in New Jersey, and who recruited Bretons in a privileged manner. Between; only the years 1946 and 1955 immigrants, mainly young, leave the region of Gourin (13.4% of the population), a large part of it to the United States, the Bretons immigrants tend to regroup in colonies, a real “Breton district” being created for example in New York, on the border of Brooklyn and the Bronx, between 49th and 52nd Street; others went south to Louisiana and Florida or west to California. Three agencies of the “Compagnie Générale Transatlantique” also had their headquarters in Gourin and Roudouallec at the time to organize travel to the United States. The return to the country of some of these émigrés, nicknamed “Americans”, sometimes enriched, was a powerful vector of modernization of agriculture and housing as well as changing mentalities; but most remained settled permanently in North America. These immigrants were also sometimes nicknamed “ar lostou ru” (“red tails”) in local Breton, referring to the color of their license plates.

Proof enough of this exchange of the Bretons with America is the fact that they have a replica of the Statue of Liberty, in the place de la Victoire testifying to the exodus of the population of Gourin to the American continent.  Air France donated in 1996 to thanks the travellers who went the route from their office in Roudouallec until 1985 ;the initial statue of Liberty! The new  Statue of Liberty of Gourin  has been finished , identical to that of the Luxembourg Garden in Paris , and it looks wonderful.



As to been after lunch, we still got a bit hungry so we stop by at the local bakery pastry and salon de thé shop Le Clec’h at Rue Jacques Rodalle just before the steep street leading to the Statue of Liberty. Nice abricot pastries indeed to keep us at bay until back home! And a nice mayor’s office across too. And do not forget the usual wonderful Saturday morning market at Place Stenfort!



The city of Gourin on its heritage

The Pays du Roi Morvan tourist office on Gourin

The webpage Bretagne trans America on the immigration story of Gourin:

There you go folks now me and you have seen  Gourin! A nice find and certaintly been so close a return trip is in order. I had a good impression of the town, lively, clean , good ambiance and wonderful things to see. What can I say, my beautiful Morbihan dept 56!

And remember, happy travels, good health, and many cheers to all!!!

September 26, 2021

A Church and a Chapel at Gourin!

And so continue on our latest trip in my beautiful department Morbihan 56 of the lovely region of Bretagne/Brittany in my belle France, we stay at Gourin! This is a town just one hour from my house yet this is our first time there! And we like it, will be back. This is an update of an older post and see the others on Gourin !!!

We were there for the Statue of Liberty (see post) and wandering around even met a collegue native of Gourin! After a bit of walk and some local advise we encounter a great combo. The Church of St Peter and St Paul and the Chapel of the Virgin or Our Lady of Victory. I like to tell you a bit on them as they are next to each other! The Church of St. Pierre et St. Paul (St Peter and St Paul) at 9 Place de l’Église  Its enclosure included the cemetery, the Chapel Notre-Dame des Victoires, a Pietà and an ossuary .

The construction of the Church of St Peter and St Paul began in 1490 with the support of the lords of Kergoët, Kerbiguet and Tronjoly. The church was completed in 1500. The inauguration took place on March 21, 1500 . The church of Gourin is today a beautiful church in stone , except for part of the north wall which is tufa (shale). The parish enclosure, if not surrounded by walls, is still materialized and includes the Chapel Notre-Dame des Victoires, the church and the Pieta exterior, which dates from 1875. The ossuary was built in 1778 with the stones of two old chapels (Saint-Pierre and Saint-Yves) which rose in the cemetery. This cemetery, abandoned in 1850, surrounded the church, as in most parishes.


The bell tower, built in 1745, is a tower with balustrades and bell towers in flamboyant Gothic style, typical of the region of the Montagne Noirs (Black Mountains). You can access the “bell chamber” by a small spiral staircase. Four bells, melted in Villedieu-les-Poêles (Manche dept 50 ) were blessed during a grandiose party, on October 27, 1901.  Each bears a name: Anne-Perrine, Marie-Louise, Marie-Aurélie and the greatest Edmée-Joséphine. The latter, the respectable weight of 609 kg (modest for a bell but the smallness of the bays of the tower does not allow to receive larger), had for godmother, the countess of Lescouet. Electrical handling replaced the manual ringer after WWII.


The stained glass windows of origin were destroyed during the French revolution. The current stained glass windows, bright, with shimmering colors were set up in 1874-1875. The organ was built in 1864 ,and was restored in 1930, as well as in 1960, then again from 1997 to 2000, when the new organ was restored to its original place at the front of the platform.   The organ of Gourin is one of the best preserved of the region. It is the only organ of such quality existing in the perimeter of the Pays du Roi Morvan (country of king morvan) and the townships of Plouay and Cléguérec.


The Church of St Pierre et St Paul is oriented, of a rectangular shape with polygonal choir, includes a nave of seven bays, opening on the aisles by arcades in third-point resting by penetration on polygonal pillars.The fourth bay, which supported the tower, is isolated by two large arches that separate it from the nave and choir. The nave, formerly solid is covered with a wooden cradle and the choir is vaulted with ogives. 16C bas-reliefs depicting scenes from the New Testament and a Notre-Dame de Pitié decorate the altarpiece of one of the altars. The altarpiece dates from 1686 and the Virgin of Pity, in polychrome wood, dates from the 16C. The exterior decoration of the creepers, cushioned buttresses of pinnacles and portals is flamboyant. The windows are flamboyant, still contain some fragments of stained glasses. The pulpit to be preached seems to date from 1778. There is an ossuary 1778, a Calvary and originally two chapels. In 1961, the ossuary is transformed into a municipal workshop.

The city of Gourin on the church

The Parish diocese of Gourin on the church

The pays de roi Morvan tourist office on the church

The Chapelle Notre-Dame-des-Victoires or aka  Chapel of the Virgin b.1509. Destroyed by a fire, the chapel was restored and enlarged in 1830.


It has a rectangular shape with three naves and a three-sided apse. The bell tower, with pinnacle double lantern superimposed, dates from the 16C. The steeple is carved with a little hare, which gave birth to a curious legend. You will find there the tombstone of Tad Mad (Jean Marie Gorrec, priest of Gourin from 1758 to 1772): according to a popular tradition, to frolic infants on the tombstone of Tad Mad accelerates their learning of walking.   Two cherub heads are carved above the gate.


The city of Gourin on its chapels including ND des Victoires

The Parish diocese of Gourin on the chapel:

There you go folks, a one two punch on the same spot in nice Gourin,  We will be back, really a nice friendly good ambiance town north of the Morbihan almost near the Finistére Breton. Hope you enjoy the find as we did. Until next time in Gourin.

And remember, happy travels, good health, and many cheers to all!!!

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September 26, 2021

Old Beuzec-Conq now Concarneau!

In my road warrior trips I have come many times to Concarneau but always missed the upper town away from the harbor and the Ville Close (see posts) , This time we venture into the inner lands and passed by the old village of Beuzec-Conq , which is part of Concarneau since 1945, One of the nice off the beaten paths in the Finistére, of my lovely Bretagne. 

I will briefly tell the history of the Church of Saint Budoc.  This is a church located in Beuzec-Conq, and the best way to get there is by car of course, You come off the expressway N165 and taken direction centre ville Concarneau connect right on the D783 , and turn right at Rue de Stang ar Lin straight into the city center of Beuzec-Conq where the church is located at place de l’église.

The Church of Saint Budoc is built in the 17C by the lords of Coatconq on the heights of Beuzec-Conq and the Moros river. At the end of the 18C, it lost its steeple which served as a landmark for sailors to locate the port entrance. The church continues to deteriorate during the 19C and it was not until 1890 that the restoration work began. Only a few elements of the original structure remain, such as the holy water font. The church is dedicated to Saint Budoc but has never been officially consecrated.   Saint Budoc is the son of Azenor, who has a statue in the church; he is represented accompanied by a barrel in which, according to legend, he was thrown into the sea.


The Church of Saint Budoc is built of granite on the basis of a three-naves in a Latin Cross   style. It comprises, preceded by a steeple to a room without a gallery, a nave of five spans with aisles and a choir of a span with aisles and right chevet. At the right of the fourth and fifth bays of the nave, there are double aisles forming two small side chapels. The font dates from the 17C. The baptismal font dates from the 17C. The high altar dates from 1892. The altarpiece of Ste. Anne,dates from 1917-1921. An old sepulchre of Our Lord was placed formerly in the arm of the transept forming a chapel dedicated to Saint John the Baptist: it was framed in a 15C crib, having columns with large capitals which served as supports for the statues of Saint Roch and Saint Sebastian. There are the statues of Saint Budoc, Saint John the Baptist, the Virgin Mother and Saint Azenor inside.


Not much written on it as the information above was from a panel in the Church entrance and the Religious heritage webpage on the church :

The City of Concarneau on its heritage

The Concarneau Pont Aven tourist office on Concarneau heritage

There you go folks, Indeed the village is very quant and not only has this Church but the castle (see post) , great history and architecture above from the Close Ville of Concarneau, however, this is really Beuzec-Conq as its Breton best. Hope you enjoy the post as I

And remember, happy travels, good health, and many cheers to all!!!

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September 26, 2021

Wines news of France XI !!

And I come back to dwell on one of my favorite subjects in life, wines. And not just wines but those of France, simply the best folks; always imitated equal sometimes but never surpass, me think. I know wines just read my posts ;pro ,collector, and drinker ,not necessarily in that order lol!! We are still in the wine fairs period and just thought of bringing some news of the wines of France to my blog again.

I had my caddy full of bottles at the E Leclerc hypermarket in Vannes, our usual shopping spot. Of course, I buy at Nicolas, and direct from the domaines but E Leclerc is a nice one stop shopping we love each year. The sale started yesterday and today we went for our share and the best choices.

We got a caddy full of wines from different regions of France ,our favorites. These were Bordeaux, Loire Valley, Sud Ouest (southwest) and some from PACA on the roses. I was happy to find some bargain on memorable châteaux we have been in person over the year such as Château Lalande-Borie and the Marquis du Monts (La Tour du Monts) .In all we got about 50 bottles..! Do not know how long they will keep the webpage but this is the Foire aux Vins or wine fair page at E Leclerc:

The Maison Perrier-Jouët is hosting its first event at the Cellier Belle Epoque, for an exchange on the challenges of tomorrow’s viticulture in the heart of the Champagne vineyards. From September 22, 2021, the Cellier Belle Epoque opens its doors to the public to receive personalities from the world of wine, but also scientific experts, with the aim of bringing a new vision on various subjects currently going through the world of wine. Meetings at the Belle Epoque Cellar, Registration by email at, September 22, 2021 at 19h (duration 1h30). Perrier-Jouët – Belle Epoque cellar, 26, avenue de Champagne Epernay, Free access, registration required. webpage:

France hopes to obtain very soon a moratorium on the recent Russian law preventing Champagne from using its own name in the Cyrillic alphabet, announced Thursday, September 23 ,the Minister for Foreign Trade, Franck Riester, on France 2 TV. Since July 2, a modification of the Russian law on the trade of alcoholic products obliges the distributors of Champagne to exchange the prestigious title of “Champagne” against that of “sparkling wine” on the back-label of the bottles written in Cyrillic, reserving the denomination “Champanskoye” to Russian producers of sparkling wines. Russia is, along with the United States and Haiti, one of the states not to recognize the appellation d’origin controllée (AOC) of Champagne despite twenty years of discussions. It seems it is paying off and the Russian have discontinue with France again shipping Champagne to Russia.

The next charitable auction of Hospices de Beaune wines, the most important in the world, will be in part for the benefit of the cause of women whose sale will be organized this year by Sotheby’s, replacing its competitor Christie’s. The choice of beneficiaries of the sale of this barrel, which had reached the record of 660,000 euros last year, has not yet been carried out but it will be an association for the fight against violence against women and another in the field medical help. After London fifty years ago, then New York and Hong Kong, France will become the fourth platform for wine and spirits auctions. This decision was long overdue because French wines represent more than 85% of the amount of sales made by Sotheby’s in this area. Sotheby’s sold in 2020 for 92 million dollars (78.5 M EUR) of wine and spirits and already 58 M USD (49 M EUR) during the only first half of this year 2021; according to Sotherby’s. In 2014 , they represented 26% of sales, against 50% in 2019. Bordeaux represented 62% of sales in 2014 and 26% in 2019 of it. Of course.

The Domaine de la Romanée-Conti must also face the challenges of its time on a daily basis. Transmission of heritage and know-how, climatic hazards, speculative surges … But beyond these considerations, Aubert de Villaine remains confident, and ready to support the next generation, in the person of his co-manager Perrine Fenal ,daughter of Lalou Bize-Leroy (Owner and winegrower of Domaine Leroy and Domaine d’Auvenay, and shareholder of Domaine de la Romanée-Conti) , also present during this interview, as well as his nephew Bertrand de Villaine. The transmission challenge is one of the greatest that we have in front of us. We have always done what is necessary to meet it, but it is a big problem in Burgundy. Estate taxes are important, and in a family, those who want to stay cannot always afford to buy the others out. The true value of a wine property, which is a business like any other, seems to me to be linked to its results and not to the extravagant value it can take in certain times when speculation prevails over reason. We expect the state to take these values ​​as values ​​of succession. When Robert Parker decided not to come to Burgundy anymore, it was very lucky, because we did not have to conform to his tastes. So said Aubert de Villaine on an interview in the La Revue du Vin de France magasin which I translated here.

While, throughout France, wine production will fall by 29% compared to 2020, to stand at 33.3 million hectoliters, according to the Ministry of Agriculture, Burgundy still seems more affected. In this region, “the yields are historically low”, estimates François Labet, president of the Interprofessional Bureau of Burgundy Wines (BIVB). We are generally between 30 and 50% losses but there are big differences, with 70 and 80% losses for the whites of the Côte de Beaune and -50% in the Chablis and the Mâconnais “. Again citing news from La Revue du Vin de France.

Next spring,(2022), the Cité du vin invites you for an unprecedented immersion in the heart of the work of the genius painter Pablo Picasso, in order to examine the place that wine occupies in his universe. On the occasion of this exceptional exhibition, no less than 80 works will be exhibited, bringing together pieces from the Picasso museums in Paris and Barcelona, but also from private collectors From Friday April 15 to Sunday August 28, 2022, La Cité du vin Bordeaux ,keep an eye on

More than 900 of the finest bottles from the cellars of Château Canon (Saint-Émilion) and Rauzan-Ségla (Margaux), the two flagship grands crus of the fashion house Chanel, will be auctioned by Sotheby’s from October 15; (2021)the sale will close on October 29 at their premises in London, with relays in New York, Hongkong and Paris. The maze of vaulted cellars carved into the chalky subsoil of Château Canon, Saint-Émilion’s premier grand cru classé, is a place where no one can enter. Sheltered from light, protected by humidity and constant freshness, a treasure rests there. Thousands and thousands of bottles lying dormant, wisely stretched out each year in their metal racks. In recent weeks, more than 900 bottles, in ten different formats and each more grandiose than the next, have been carefully selected to make the news. From the Château Canon cellar, but also from Rauzan-Ségla, Margaux’s second classified grand cru, also a Chanel brand and just as rich in wonders. Because these mythical bottles will be dispersed during an exclusive auction by Sotheby’s. Stay tune on their webpage:

And not necessarily wine news but in the world of cocktails and the new fad of less alcohol content the rule is Paris and its palace hotels; an overview. The bazooka effect of traditional recipes, those that glue you to your club chair from the first drink and make you dance the polka on the second, seems less sought after, thanks to blends whose alcoholic strength is more or less that of wine. , in a range which oscillates between 10 ° and 20 °. Another trend is that non-alcoholic cocktails are no longer seen as sinister abstinent fads. They are an integral part of the offer.

The Ritz had two bars, the Hemingway and the Ritz Bar. The second has been transformed into a pastry shop. But a new counter will be born, around an unexpected theme: astrology. will help clients move between Mars and Pluto, under a huge brass lantern that represents the astral chart and the signs of the zodiac. Twelve alcoholic cocktails, one for each sign. The recipes are chiadées. Aries, for example, combines brandy, sandalwood, pepper and plum vinegar to better reflect the impetuosity and stubbornness that often characterizes this sign. Note that each cocktail contains between 10% and 20% alcohol, which makes them much sweeter than the smashing Old Fashioned and other Sidecars. Four alcohol-free complete the offer. The Fleur, made from rose, geranium, honey and ibiscus, is highly recommended. Even more surprisingly, the Leaf combines aloe vera, mint, blackcurrant, spirulina and patchouli for a confusing texture and unusual aromas. Ritz bar. 15, place Vendôme (Paris 1éme) From 18h to 02h, Tuesday to Saturday. webpage:

Live music, with Les Ambassadrices , a group of ten musicians and singers attached to the place, and DJ evenings attract a clientele of thirty and fourteen Parisians. A new cocktail menu inspired by the different districts of Paris, well balanced, light in sugar. Like the Chat Perché, based on Dalmore 12 years, passion fruit and superfood, which will make whiskey love to its worst detractors. We also love 7053, a kind of subtle pinacolada made from rum, sage, green cardamom and coconut. Otherwise, the stars of the moment is Moscow Mule (here translated as Parisian Mule), Negroni, old Fashioned are always served with a nice house twist. Ambassadors at Crillon hotel. 10, place de la Concorde (Paris 8éme). Daily from 17h to 02h. webpage:

The atmosphere is festive at the Plaza bar. We still recommend the formidable Rock, a base of scotch whiskey infused with lapsang, with Drambuie liqueur, barbecue bitter and brown sugar. A powerful, deep and spicy recipe that erased the taster’s nascent migraine in two sips. On a softer note, Hip-hop, made from VSOP cognac infused with pineapple, ginger, vanilla syrup, lemon and passion lemonade, lime juice, ginger juice, is also to be discovered. For even more sweetness, we turn to the Disco, made from vodka, strawberry puree, pama liqueur, lime and cherry brandy. We love it. Plaza Athénée Hotel bar. 25, avenue Montaigne (Paris 8éme). Daily 18h to 00h30 (Sun to Wed) or 18h to 02h (Thu to Sat). webpage:

At Bar 228, you can see a former President of the French Republic, an American pop star as well as a Prix Goncourt. The vibe is classic in the best sense of the word. From a request for tequila, that evening you are entitled to a mix of Mexican alcohol with pear, lime and hibiscus flower. The following cocktail combines tequila, passion fruit, fresh raspberry, lemon and elderberry liqueur Bar 228 at Meurice hotel. 228, rue de Rivoli (Paris 1éme). Daily from 12h to 01h. webpage:

The Limbar , which owes its name to the limba wood, used for decoration is the back-to-school spot. The places immerse you in a sophisticated exotic atmosphere. The Limbar, a restaurant during the day, turns into a bar from 19h. On the program, nine signature cocktails and three alcohol-free proposals. In the latter category, lovers of oriental flavors should love the Grenache grape-acacia honey-Madagascan vanilla mix and the Lebanese inspiration of the Espresso Martini, made from cardamom and a coffee with chocolate aromas. We fall for these variations of Gimlet: Or Jaune is a devilish cognac cocktail made from a very almond-flavored Borderies cru, associated with a grape juice made from a variety of sauvignon blanc and chamomile; Rose gold, with cognac, Damascus rose, aloe vera and timut berry is equally enchanting. Limbar au Cheval Blanc hotel. 8, quai du Louvre (Paris 1éme). Daily from 18h to 00h. webpage:

We run to sip a drink alone, in the iconic library bar of this 5-star hotel, comfortably nestled in a velvet or leather armchair. We must admit that arriving in the paved courtyard of this mansion, with its central jet of water, throws it in. To access the bar, you must show your white paw to a hostess who will roll out the red carpet to the reception rooms, sheltered under 15 meters high ceilings. To the left of the restaurant, the bar, all in woodwork, is worthy of an English club. In front, the garden, bucolic to perfection, and its pergola in Versailles green of the 19C style .Two atmospheres to choose from to taste one of the five house cocktails based on bourbon, tequila, vodka, Campari (for the Saint-James spritz ) or rosé-de-provence. The latter, dubbed ¬Math’s Hat, served with cream of redcurrant, lemon juice, ¬Nepal pepper and agave syrup, is an ideal alternative to start the evening smoothly. Bar at Saint-James hotel. 5, place du Chancelier-Adenauer (Paris 16éme) Daily from 19h to 01h. webpage;

The Evok group, which has become one of the trendiest hotels in Paris. What are these happy few, followers of uninhibited luxury doing here? Have a drink and dance to the sound of the DJ, present every Thursday, Friday and Saturday evening in the bar restaurant on the ground floor. Others prefer to sit on the vegetated terrace on the 1st floor where the drinks menu is shorter and can be accompanied by tapas. For this festive clientele, it stages gin, mescal, vodka, tequila, in a spectacular way. Like her go-to Lemon Rose , pairing tequila, yuzu liqueur, lemon juice and topped with a minute meringue, lemon pie style. A tangy and sweet mixture to be enjoyed in moderation. Bar at the Brach. 1-7, rue Jean-Richepin (Paris 16éme). Daily from 19h to 01h. webpage:

The Kimpton St Honoré, the first version in France of the trendy American chain, has taken place in the former Samaritaine de Luxe, whose spectacular Art Nouveau façade has been preserved. In addition to a Californian restaurant on the ground floor, the 5-star hotel has an 80-seat bar on the roof terrace, on the 10th floor: the Sequoia. But it is above all the spectacular 360 ° view that takes care of it: the Eiffel Tower, the neighboring Palais Garnier, the Sacré-Cœur… A privileged panorama, sublimated at sunset, that we savor on white benches, in a musical atmosphere of circumstance. Enough to steal the show from the cocktail menu, currently limited to four options (including a spritz, a Hugo and an alcohol-free) and snacks . The house’s signature, a My Tai with bourbon, yellow chartreuse, Cointreau, almond syrup and lime, is nevertheless successful. For amateurs, DJ evenings are organized on Fridays and Saturdays. To be grabbed before closing for winter! Sequoia at Kimpton St Honoré hotel. 27-29, boulevard des Capucines (Paris 2éme) Daily from 16h (Thu. to Sun.) or 17h (Mon. to Wed.) webpage:

And there you go folks, another dandy wine news from France, my belle France. Hope you have enjoy the post and have the opportunity to try of these goodies above. I will be there again soon! For now and until next episode, stay safe!

And remember, happy travels, good health, and many cheers to all!!!

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