In Aug 2019 Cognac will host the Ferederation Francaise de Cyclotourisme's 81st annual week-long get together. Over 20,000 cyclists are expected, with daily themed circular itineraries for road and mountain bikes planned to help riders discover sites and scenery throughout Charente and Charente- Maritime. The federation encourages the social side of cycling and its affiliates include Cycling UK. https://www.cognacsf2019.com/ If you fancy staying with us at this time we are only 26km from the centre of Cognac. Also h ere at Les Vieilles Ombres we are looking forward to helping our guests explore their surrounding safely by bike by supplying 5 route maps to explore our area further in each gite folder advising the best routes for all ages and abilities. We are around to help you plan an outing and enjoy the sunshine and beautiful picturesque scenery.
At Christmas time in French households, most families have a tin of home baked biscuits de Noël ready for offering their guests and visitors. So, as gite owners, we thought this would be a perfect gesture for our guests! So we decided to set about making our own contribution to this tradition.
It’s occurred to us recently how our new French country lifestyle has brought a gradual change to our consuming habits and the way we live. We now grow plenty of fresh herbs and vegetables. We buy as much fresh produce as we can, locally. Even our wine bottles are recycled and refilled at the local vineyard up the road.
We recently created a post about Sweet Foods at Christmas and described how the French have, like many of us, a sweet tooth over Christmas. One of the most widely consumed desserts, not only in France but across Europe, is the yule tide log. Or as the French call it, Buche de Noel. So we thought we would do something different and show you how you can make this delicious flour-less chocolate cake, rolled with chocolate whipped cream.
Letters from French kids to Pere Noel don't just disappear into dustbins or drawers because since 1962, France has had a law that stipulates any letter sent to Santa by a resident child MUST be responded to in the form of a postcard.
We do love our sweet foods at Christmas. I challenge any family to resist snaffling the giant sized tin of chocolates, bought for the Christmas season, long before it comes out for general consumption! And the French are no different. They have some lovely traditions involving sweets, for example, the making and displaying of papillotes, which are chocolates or candied fruits, wrapped in golden, sparking paper with fringed ends and a little good will note written and concealed inside. They are usually used to decorate the Christmas table and I suppose they are the French equivalent of Christmas crackers.