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Delectable Sample Menus from rench scapade: Provence Day

Aperitif / Hors d’oeuvres:

Rose wine (Côtes de Provence) with tapenade toasts (olive and anchovy paste)

Dinner:

Goat cheese salad (mache) with honey (Picodon cheese from Provence and lavender honey) Ratatouille and garlic chicken (vegetable stew from Provence) Cheese board: 3 types of local goat cheese flavored with pepper, apricot and chives Fruit sherbet with raspberries (local fruit)

Wines:

Red Chateau-Neuf-du-Pape (Côtes du Rhone) Rosé wine (Tavel) / Clairette de Die (Dessert wine)

French Alps Day Aperitif / Hors d’Oeuvres:

White wine from Savoy (Roussette) with small slices of Pâté en Croûte (pâté pie)

Dinner:

9-vegetable soup served with cream and chives Raclette: cheese melt over several types of meat and vegetables Baked apple with chestnut paste

Wines:

Red wine from Savoy (Mondeuse) White from Savoy (Abymes)

Chalet-town of Chamonix, the biggest ski resort in the world. Photo provided courtesy: Jackie Grandchamps

French Escapade. For several years, she was certain her business would focus entirely on trips to France. Ultimately it was the travelers themselves who changed her mind. Recalls Jackie, “The guests would tell me that they loved their trip; it was like traveling with friends and not touring… They’d say, ‘But we want to come back with you and visit other countries.’” After several requests, she added trips to her native Belgium. And soon she plans to book a group for Italy, specifically Tuscany.

I’m going to hire a guide and I want to keep my returning clients happy, so I’m branching out. I will tell the local guide exactly what I want: cooking in Tuscany, not in a school but in someone’s home…”

“I’m reluctant,” she comments, “because I don’t speak Italian. But

2010 will also spotlight a trip to Senegal, an area to which Jackie has traveled ●● cont’d

Also now available are excursions throughout the San Francisco Bay Area, where Jackie resides for six months during the year. Travelers may choose from a variety of trips, from customized visits to the National Parks or Napa Valley, to a behind-the-scenes adventure through the City by the Bay where the gay rights movement gained such momentum.

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Volume 4, Issue 2 (Summer/Autumn 2009)  

Heartland in Gay America

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