Saturday, 31 August 2013

Château de Chambord

Escaping to the country side may not be the right cuppa tea for everyone but to me, this is what road trips are for; you enjoy the good company you have while on the road. Expect, I am typically the type who hates having food in the car, hence why some of my friends find it weird that I keep a jar of baking soda to get rid of the smell.


Unlike the City of Light (Paris), miles after miles, field after field of the serenity. One of the photos I managed to capture was the on the way the to Château de Chambord, one of the works of Leonardo da Vinci. Driving through, I don't doubt for a second that most new travellers would instantly think "sunflower fields!" when they see vast and bright yellow fields are actually plants of rape seeds




I tend not to write too much about history because the stories behind this is pretty long. Not because I'm too lazy to write but I suppose, to me at least, these are one of those things that can only be learnt by going there yourself.

 
Chambord is the largest chateau in Loire Valley and originally, the purpose of this residence served as a hunting lodge for King Francois I. All goes wrong during the French Revolution, that's why a lot of the interiors of the chateau is pretty empty leaving only other centuries' works of interior designs.
 



The spiral staircase which is one of the da Vinci's work






As you see, the whole domain Chambord covers nearly 5440 hectares, pretty much the size of Paris! If you do want to see the whole area to have a better view of the chateau, there are horse & carriage rides, boat and bicycle for hire. If you're a student, highly recommend when you travel in Europe, a student card comes in handy.

Don't be surprised to see many locals in the park at all! Since Chambord Park is open to public and many local French families go to enjoy a day at the park or even the walking trails.



Center of the Double-Helix staircase





 
 
 King Francois I 's logo all over the ceilings
 
 

 

 
Just a little bit of my travels.
Have a fabulous weekend even if it's gloomy
 
With love,
Silvy xxx

Wednesday, 21 August 2013

Something Different

For the last two months haven't exactly gone as smoothly as I'd hoped since I had a flu and my angiogram got postponed for 5 weeks. Though I could have done quite a lot within those 5 weeks, it wasn't as easy as I thought it could have been. In and out of the hospital visiting various doctors and getting blood test and other examinations too.

A lot of my friends thought it would have been better if I had my blog just been named just in my name.. so then, making everyones life easier as well, just changed it to what it is now! SO ! it's staying as it is! So I apologize if I've caused confusions and frustrations to you readers out there.

Some long over due events I went to as well !




Yes... that's HK on a Saturday

 
 
I've been to a few makeup events too and the following 2 are the ones I had photos of.
 

Shu Uemura's 30th Anniversary by: Zing (Makeup Artist)
 
 







A lovely gift from the event
 
Clinique's New DDMH launch
 





With love,
Silvy xxx
 

Wednesday, 7 August 2013

First Stop : Romortantin-Lanthenay


On our way down to Loire-Valley our first stop was Romortantin-Lanthenay. It's the longest name I've ever had trouble pronouncing... BUT! In short, as far as I know, a lot of the locals there just say Romortantin.
To the Cabin !
First of all, I would recommend those who like (myself) to go for a road trip. It's alright splurge once in a while and book into hotels or chateaux which is really worth your money and time. While looking for chateaux, I normally first look at where we would wanna travel to or around. So, the first book or website I normally first look for the updated version of Relais Chateaux. I really do recommend this for travelling within France, though I have had a glance at other international destinations but I find most of the hotels and chateaux more in favor.
 
Where I stayed this time, it's not a Chateaux but it is a small family owned business in the heart of Romorantin, in the capital of Sologne, where the city that made Leonardo da Vinci. It's a very memorable stay there at Grand Hotel du Lion d'Or.
 
 
Shame it was still cold... Spring was 6 weeks late!
 
I love a good French Breakie





Off to Matra Museum




He really did catch that at the river

Logo of the hotel
 
Love this light red even though it's Sancerre




 
Yes, I love my tea where ever I am
 
Aperitif
 

White Asparagus feast (in season for April time)
Tepid Marennes Oysters, Muscat, Bacon & Rye Cracker

Grilled Scallops

Rack of Allaiton Lamb, Kashmiri Massala / Lamb stew with grilled sweet pepper

Warm Duck Foie Gras, Blood Orange with Gingerbread crumble, beetroot and cocoa
Veal Sweet-bread, Black Truffle Juice, Spring Vegetables
Farm Rabbit with fresh Morels / Racioli of fresh cheese and chives
Rib Steak Beef from Coutancie domain / Carpaccio Beef flavored with Picholine Olive Oil

Fresh flowers from my room

Fresh Strawberries from Romortantin


Tropical Souffle with Pina Colada Milk / Sorbet Rouge Trompeur
 
Puffed Pastry with caramelised Apples / Toffee Quince Ice-Cream

Dark Chocolate heaven
Strawberries candied like Jam / Milk Ice-Cream
Petite Fours / Elderflower Ice
I had the greatest pleasure to meet the owners (Madam Clement and Chef Clement) too! They are one of the loveliest couple (host) you'll ever meet. If you didn't get the chance to stay at this gorgeous Renaissance manor house, I do recommend (to the very least) to try and have dinner there. One of the best things ever to hear from a chef really, is that the ingredients are local and seasonal including the wine. Don't think you can ask for more when you hear a chef also says that most of the herbs are also home grown too.

I find a lot of wine from France have been under rated at all times. Just because it doesn't have an expensive price tag doesn't make it the best wine ever. That's my point of view, for instance, wine from the Chinon region.

The passion and love of food just comes from simplicity and basics.

More to come!
Enough of food now..

With Love,
Silvy xxx
 

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