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Château Pech-Céleyran

 
During our holiday in the South of France last summer, we discovered a wine growing estate with a particularly interesting history: the Château Pech-Céleyran. Not only has this gorgeous domain been in the hands of the Saint-Exupéry family for five generations but also the grandfather of famous painter Henri de Toulouse-Lautrec was once the lord of Céleyran!

Château Pech-Céleyran is situated in La Clape, an area of the Languedoc region close to the Corbières. The size of the whole estate is 145 hectares, 94 of them being dedicated to vine. The owners grow Syrah, Grenache, Mourvèdre and Carignan to produce their red wines and Bourboulenc, Marsanne, Roussanne and Grenache blanc for the whites. The „Cers“ and the „Marin“ winds take turns to blow over the vineyards, bringing the fragrances of the garrigue with them, an integrant part of the aroma of the wines.

When we arrived, the family dog greeted us before we entered an impressive wine cellar. Amidst huge wood barrels, a permanent exhibition about Antoine de Saint-Exupéry, best known for his book “The Little Prince”, is on display. A compelling read before starting with the wine tasting. We learned all about the domain production and left with a nice selection of bottles! There is a little corner selling handmade goodies and house items too. We can really recommend the scrumptious caramel au beurre salé…

If you fancy a stay at Château Pech-Céleyran , there are several B&B rooms and gites to choose from. The estate is of course the perfect location to organise a wedding, a seminar or a party for a special occasion. The full gallery can be viewed on Of Lens And Pen.

The owners also organise events such as concerts, exhibitions and a Christmas market. As for the wonderful Mediterranean coast, the Cathar castles, the old town of Carcassonne and the rugged landscape of La Clape, they are just waiting for you to pay them a visit…

Château Pech-Céleyran - La Clape - South of France

Durant nos vacances dans le Sud de la France l’été dernier, nous avons découvert un domaine viticole possédant une histoire particulièrement intéressante : le Château Pech-Céleyran. Ce domaine est non seulement entre les mains de la famille Saint-Exupéry depuis cinq générations, mais le grand-père du célèbre peintre Henri de Toulouse-Lautrec fut aussi le seigneur de Céleyran !

Le Château Pech-Céleyran est situé dans La Clape, qui fait partie du Languedoc, région proche des Corbières. La taille complète du domaine est de 145 hectares, dont 94 sont dédiés à la vigne. Les cépages Syrah, Grenache, Mourvèdre et Carignan sont utilisés pour la production de vin rouge et pour les blancs, les cépages Bourboulenc, Marsanne, Roussanne et Grenache blanc. Les vents „Cers“ et „Marin“ soufflent en alternance sur les vignobles, amenant avec eux les parfums de la garrigue, qui se retrouvent dans l’arôme des vins.

A notre arrivée, nous avons été accueillis par le chien de la famille, avant de d’entrer dans l’impressionnant chai. Parmi les immenses tonneaux, une exposition permanente sur Antoine de Saint-Exupéry, l’auteur du “Petit Prince”, offre une lecture captivante. Durant la dégustation des vins, nous avons appris les détails de la production vinicole et nous sommes repartis avec une jolie sélection de bouteilles ! Une mini-boutique propose également des produits faits maison et des objets de décoration. Le délicieux caramel au beurre salé est vivement recommandé…

Si vous désirez séjourner au Château Pech-Céleyran , vous aurez le choix entre plusieurs chambres d’hôtes et gîtes. La propriété est bien entendu idéale pour y organiser un mariage, un séminaire ou pour y célébrer une occasion particulière. La galerie photos complète est à découvrir sur Of Lens And Pen.

Les propriétaires organisent aussi des manifestations tels que concerts, expositions et un marché de Noël. Quant à la magnifique côte Méditerranéenne, les châteaux Cathares, la cité de Carcassonne et les paysages sauvages de La Clape, ils attendent votre visite avec impatience…
 
 
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Happy New Year!

 
For my first post of 2017, I would like to convey to all my readers the usual good wishes for a healthy, happy and successful new year. More specifically, I hope that the next twelve months will bring you defining moments to take you closer to your dreams, whatever they may be.

I decided against writing a post about my goals this time. Mainly, I want to build on the ones I have set my heart onto in recent years and our stay in the South of France a the end of December gave me the opportunity to reflect on different, untried angles to achieve them. I also realised that a change of attitude was in order. I may later on share with you on that chain of thoughts!

For now, let’s go back in time… 2016 was a funny year, one when I often felt held back, and this applied to my blog too. Having gone to Italy last July, it took me until November to finally tell you about it. Today, I am indeed taking you to France but it will be all summery and bright. As always, the whole gallery is available on Of Lens And Pen, should you need a higher dose of sun and colours – with a hint of black and white!

I would love to hear about what you got up to during the festive season and your objectives for 2017. Do tell me!
 

 

Full photo gallery on Of Lens And Pen

 
 
 
 

Why You Need to Visit France at Least Once in Your Life

 
France is such an easy holiday destination when you live in the UK. It is so close by that you do not need to allow days of travel to get there. As a result, the travel options are varied and the cost is relatively low. You could drive to France, get the train or travel across the channel by boat. Be prepared to speak a little French when you are over there. They expect you to at least try to communicate in their language! Here are a few areas that you need to visit at least once in your life.
 
 

Normandy

Mont Saint-Michel - France
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This is on the coast in the North of France. It is so stunning and there is so much to see. You can discover Mont Saint-Michel and the Abbey built on it. There are of course the beaches, including the ones that bear such significance to the First World War. There are war graves that you can visit too. With many museums and cathedrals, Normandy is your culture stop.
 
 
Paris

Of course, Paris has to be on the list. It is simply stunning and so worth a visit. Everyone needs to experience the city of love. Of course, everyone knows the most famous sights, such as the Eiffel Tower and the Louvre. It is lovely to wander the streets in the evening and grab a macaron or three on the Champs-Elysées. A short train journey to the outskirts of Paris will take you to Disneyland. Always a popular idea if you travel with young ones or the not so young too! You would only need a couple of days there, as it is not huge.
 
 

Dordogne

If you are looking for a more chilled out stay, then a trip to the French countryside is a must. Dordogne, in the South West of France, is truly stunning. There are gardens and castles to visit and wander around, as well as the breathtaking Dordogne caves. The villages and towns have bustling markets, as well as plenty of cycling routes and vineyards. Perhaps not the best area to take children, but it would make for an amazing getaway as a couple.
 
 

The Alps

French Alps
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The fantastic thing about France is the wide range of activities to choose from. If you want to visit a beach, you can. If you want history and museums, you have plenty to choose from. Skiing? You guessed it, it is available too! Skiing in the Alps is just fabulous. Visiting out of ski season is a great idea too, as long as you are into walking or hiking. There is great scenery, good food and plenty to do. The weather is often just right too. You will not want it to be scorching hot if you are planning on hiking.
 
 
Have you been to France before? Then do share what your favourite places to visit are.
 
 
 
 
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