France Is On My Mind
A summer trip to France is never off the table in my book. I’ve only been to this lovely nation once and I fell in love immediately. Because of my infatuation with its history, language, culture and culinary delights, I feel like I could never have enough.
A trip to Normandy to experience the legacy of the D-Day landings of WWII is a dream of mine. I want to experience the beaches of Nice on the Mediterranean coast. I’ve always wanted to camp-out in the middle of Le Mans while prototypes whiz by at over 150 miles per hour. Oh, and did I mention the food and wine experiences that I’ve yet to try?
France is a culinary dream world
For a foodie like me there was just too much to take in during a span of five days in Paris. I visited a variety of boulangeries where I tried all types of savory and sweet crêpes and pastries. I sat down for an awesome lunch of sole meunière in the middle of Paris. (there’s some unverified reports that sole meunière is a Julia Child favorite) Is there a tried and true method to eating one’s way through the city of lights? I certainly tried, but it only made me hungry for more. Correspondingly, it also made me thirst for more.
Did I mention the wine?
France’s wine prowess is on full display everywhere you turn. From the little side street bistros to full on wine bars, there’s always a place to sit down for a great glass. In France one can find all the same big labels that can also be had state side. But the real fun is when you begin to order wines from small local producers. My dream is to take an exhaustive pilgrimage through France’s wine country in search of the best Côtes du Rhône and white Burgundy.
Speaking of white Burgundy
I write this blog post while sipping a glass of Louis Latour Mâcon-Villages Chameroy. This wine would pair up nicely with a white meat seafood dish, or perhaps a lovely plate of French cheese and bread. It features a nose of peach with hints of citrus. Grapefruit and other citrus flavors come through the velvety body that finishes off with a dry, clean snap.
To drink this wine is to take a trip down memory lane and into a world of daydreams. I long to return to France and continue my journey where I left off a couple of years ago. Perhaps this summer? Je l’espère.