Roby and I are finally on a mommy son vacation enjoying the unruffled French countryside.We are currently staying in this lovely home in Saint Pierre de Chandieu, approximately 23kms from Lyon in Rhône-Alpes region. This part of the country is calm and relaxed with picturesque landscapes. Red poppies are in full bloom creating a spectacular display. Touch wood the weather has been clement allowing us to spend more time outdoors and enjoy the magic of spring. We couldn’t have chosen a better time to visit.
Its the season of cherries and our host just happens to have a tree full of them. Roby and I enjoy picking them as much as we love eating them.
The other day we went to Aux Jardins De Saisons. Here you get to pick your own strawberries. As much as you want. This was such a beautiful first time experience for both Roby and I. We had so much fun filling our basket. And our stomachs. While at it, I also learnt their are different types of strawberries.
Our first road trip was not as successful. We drove 136kms southeast to Vercors with the intention to visit The Grands-Goulets Road only to find out it was long closed to the public.
The Vercors Massif lies in the Prealps, in the south-east France, straddling the departments of Drôme and Isère, both of which are part of the Rhône-Alpes region, about 100 kilometres (62 mi) south-east of Lyon.
In June and July 1944, the massif became important in World War II with the establishment of the Free Republic of Vercors, led by the Maquis du Vercors, a base for the French Resistance against German occupation.
The Grands-Goulets Road
The road was built between 1844 and 1851. It was a huge human and financial investment. After 156 years of leading travellers through the mountains by its winding and narrow road, the French government was forced to permanently close the historic road in 2005 after a series of fatal accidents. This scenic road now is bypassed by a tunnel. Today the old road sits abandoned and untravelled. Not even cyclists or hikers are allowed to venture its long and winding route. While there are rumours that it might re-open for such purposes, the tourism office maintains that les Grands Goulets and its spectacular sights are closed forever.
…So we settled for lunch at Hotel Des Sports before our long trip back. There is nothing much to say about the appetizer and main course but allow me to tell you abit about the dessert: Café Gourmande.
I usually don’t take coffee after lunch but immediately I saw this clever invention that is believed to have appeared in restaurants in Paris around 2005, I knew there was no turning back.
A Café Gourmand is an espresso and a selection of mignardises served together.
It gives the opportunity to eat several different desserts in one go, without feeling guilty for the calories as the quantity of each dessert is supposed to be tiny. While there is no requirement for the composition of a “Café Gourmand”, the desserts most commonly included are chocolate mousse, apple pie, ice cream and crème brûlée. In my case, I had two scoops of vanilla ice cream, a macaroon and the most delicious, warm, ooey-gooey molten lava cake. I know Kiko On The Road is already salivating.
Lora by Lora.