A DE­LI­CIOUS ES­CAPE TO FRANCE

Sunday Herald Sun - Escape - - BIENVENUE SCENIC SOUTH OF FRANCE CULINARY CRUISE -

Bon­jour! Com­ment ça va? Je suis très ex­cité au­jourd’hui car je pense à un voy­age en France. Veux-tu me re­join­dre?* Yes, I’m ob­sess­ing about all things French and fab­u­lous at the mo­ment and it’s not just the byprod­uct of the strik­ing coun­try­side that’s been the back­drop to the past three weeks of the Tour de France. It’s be­cause on April 8, 2019, Es­cape and de­li­cious. magazine have joined forces with Scenic to present a 13-day, 12-night, South of France river cruise.

Ker­rie McCal­lum, de­li­cious. ed­i­torin-chief and guru of all things food and wine will host the first part of the trip. I’ll then hop on board to talk travel and holidays and ex­plore the glo­ri­ous his­toric, culi­nary and nat­u­ral highlights of the re­gion.

The cruise starts in Chalon-surSaône and weaves along the Rhone River in­clud­ing stops and tours in Mâ­con, Lyon, Tournon, Avi­gnon, La Ca­mar­gue, and Taras­con be­fore end­ing in Nice. Ker­rie and I are very ex­cited about this trip and would love to see you on board.

If you need any hints, start with this: Lyon, Châteauneuf-du-Pape, fro­magerie, Paul Bo­cuse, allinclu­sive, Bresse, Bur­gundy, laven­der, Nice, lux­ury, Côtes du Rhône, and pa­pa­lines. How about Val­rhona, Rem­brandt, the Rhône, but­ler ser­vice, and ni­coise? Then con­jure thoughts of truf­fles, Pérouges, rata­touille, Gau­guin, Palais des Papes, and beau­jo­lais. Are you now ready to book a French hol­i­day, tout de suite? *I can’t speak French but love a chal­lenge so I’m tri­alling a few trans­la­tion apps. I’m hop­ing this means: Hello! How are you? I’m very ex­cited to­day as I’m think­ing about a trip to France. Care to join me?

JANA FRAWLEY, NA­TIONAL TRAVEL ED­I­TOR

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