20191120

Château de la Râpée the Address in Normandy, France


"Château de la Râpée" is a wonderful and typic Norman manor house that will host you in the middle of the beautiful countryside of Normandy, in France. You can delight your palate with an authentic dinner course made with local ingredients or going outside for a horse riding or visiting the close historic towns of Gisor and Rouen.

Room 15 and its large private terrace


If instead you would like just to relax in one of the romantic and cozy rooms, on the upper floors, facing the green park there are plenty of accommodations of this kind.

Room 15



Going downstairs, for dinner, you will be accommodated in the external covered veranda which has a stunning view as well. The menu is various and depends on the day. We had a really local good meal and we decide to try the following dishes.

                                           Truffled Eggs
Classique escargots à l’ail et au persil en sept petits godets
Double Côte de cochon cuite doucement en sautoir, gratin normand

Cocotte de rognon de veau sauté sauce porto

first paired wine
second paired wine
Crêpes normandes au sabayon de cidre

Le douillon, crème double et caramel au beurre salé
In the morning they serve also a very good breakfast and overall the final price is good and affordable. We recommend this place for romantic trips, not far from Paris and Rouen. A must if you go through Normandy.



AddressLieu dit, La Rapée, 27140 Bazincourt-sur-Epte, France
Phone+33 2 32 55 11 61




Highlight by Paolo Emilio Centoni

Pictures by Luca Centoni

20191030

Medieval Dinner in Rennes Le Chateau at l'Antre Temps


"Rennes-Le-Château" one of the most visited village in the world. We came in 2018 and this year we wanted to try a special event that, if you are lucky enough, you might also have the chance to attend it at the local French restaurant "L' Antre-Temps". The resident chef "Lucie Robin" will delight your palates with unusual dishes and ancient recipes for food and wine, too.


They serve this particular dinner with sauces on a special bread they prepare for the occasion that works as a plate, too.




Then there are these delicious little breads filled with mushrooms, ham and other deliciousness.



The main dish is all about poultry served with dried fruit on the bread-plate and paired with the other ingredients and the sauces.

It's truly a different experience, a must try because you will not easily find around these historically authentic recipes, prepared by a skillful chef as Lucie Robin. We came previously in order to try their regular dishes, which are various and always different each single day, because based uniquely on the local fresh market.


So what else then make a toast to this unique place, surrounded by an incredible history, with a glass of medieval wine made in place?



AddressGrand Rue, 11190 Rennes-le-Château, France





highlight and pics by Luca Centoni

20190930

Chateau du Deffay an Ancient Family Castle in Brittany

In Brittany there  is a wonderful and authentic "Château" which is surprisingly an affordable Bed & Breakfast owned for long time by the same ancient family. Its name is "Châuteau du Deffay" and is located in the beautiful "Brière Regional Natural Park" in the north west of France. We have visited it in May 2019 and we assigned it a 20/20 score for the beautiful room. They serve a very healthy and home made French breakfast in their ancient dining room. Also the place is run by husband and wife who are exquisite hosts. We strongly recommend it.















Ideally positionned between Nantes and La Baule, between beaches and countryside, the castle of Deffay is located in the middle of a rommantic landscape of wood and ponds. Deffay is a important seignorial filled since the 15th century, and the current castle « neo renaissance » is habited since five generations by the family, evokes the rich history of the place, in particular the Vendeen epope of the Duchess of Berry in 1832. The large luxury rooms with old furniture, staircase with double flight, spacious bedrooms and comfortable are the living environment of the young couple, which lives and gives a new life to this place where they will accomodate you as a friend.















Near the Castle you can visit the little fairy village of "Breca" and have a water trip right there. Also you can taste regional gourmet specialties in the local restaurants. We also recommend to visit the town of Guerande with its quaint streets and buy the best salt in the world. Do not skip the fantastic coast of Brittany were there are lots of good surprise waiting for you.


Château du Deffay - Chambres d'hôtes







Highlight by Paolo Emilio Centoni

Pictures by Luca Centoni



20190830

Restaurant le Georges in Chartres France


A dream dinner in a Michelin Star Restaurant located in the "Grand Monarch Hotel" of Chartres, France. We are talking about "Le Georges" that we assigned a 20/20 score points for gourmet, service and wines along the whole dinner courses.

At the centre of Chartres, the BEST WESTERN PREMIER Hôtel Grand Monarque invites you at the table of its gastronomic restaurant, Le Georges. Awarded with one Guide Michelin® star since 2009, this address has become, throughout the years, a must meeting place for all food lovers from Eure-et-Loir and elsewhere.
Baptized in honor of Georges Jallerat, Bertrand’ father and great grandfather  find a classic atmosphere typical of this historic house of Chartres, noted notes of a Modernity welcome.
Calm and luminous, the dining room offers a decoration subtly referring to the past of the Grand Monarch and to the Jallerat family who knew how to carry it to the firmament. In this cozy atmosphere, sit comfortably to sample seasonal dishes, featuring the great classic, such as the Pâté de Chartres, and the creative talents of Chef Nicolas Mendes.
The whole thing is accompanied by a wine carefully chosen by our sommelier in a cellar rich with several thousand references coming from the most beautiful French vineyards. 
The Chef at the age of 7, preparing an apple cake on Mother's Day, and seeing the sparkles in his mummy’s eye while she tasted it was the key Thomas Parnaud ‘s passion. Family cooking would influence his craft.
A catering school of Languedoc-Rousssillon region leaded him to some of the best establishment of the area, building great experiences.
Inspired by Claude Giraud, youngest two Michelin star French chef, a passionated man with a chef soul, very close to Joel Robuchon and Marc Veyrat.
Having working for four years with the two great chefs Joel Robuchon and Eric Frechon. His cooking is “lightness with an Asian touch” leading to a great achievement of Gault & Millau young chef of the year 2018 in Romania.
Thomas is a real team leader, sharing, and encouraging his fellow crew. Cooking is a school of humility; it must live with its time, based on classics, open-minded on costumer trends, world influences.


























Best Western Premier Grand Monarque
22 Place des Épars
28000 Chartres







highlight by Paolo Emilio Centoni

pictures by Luca Centoni