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tracee Jun 26, 2006 12:15 AM

My husband and I are heading to France at the end of the month and would love any input about the 4 areas we will be visiting. We love to eat and enjoy wine and would appreciate any suggestions people had for places that they would highly recommend that we visit. We stay for two weeks and are spending 2 nights in Paris and dividing the rest between Reims & Epernay, Nancy & Strausburg & finally Burneau. We will be driving so distance from our "home base" is not a problem.

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    BookCookHookMan Jul 19, 2006 11:18 AM

    Auberge de L'Ill, Illhausern (just north of Colmar), is one of the finest restaurants on this planet. Simple as that.

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      PeteDelfino Jul 16, 2006 05:06 PM

      Sorry, you reference "the wallking street", can you explain or put a name to it.

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        jill kibler Jul 17, 2006 02:04 PM

        Sorry, I don't know the name. But it is a large Blv. with sidewalks on both sides. It has trams running up and down , and no other car traffic. Shopping is the main activity on this street.
        wish I could be more specific.

        peace, jill

      2. jill kibler Jul 11, 2006 02:22 PM

        Sorry, I won't be able to give you street names, but in Nancy

        a) the market right off of the walking street is a wonderful place to get food. There are a couple of eateries there, or you could pick and choose from the many local vendors for a picnic.

        b) If you are facing the Place Stanislaus standing at the front door of the tourist office, you will see some bistros on your left. These are ok. If you walk through the Place, and exit in the middle on the opposite side there is an archway. Just before the archway is a small street. Go up this and you will be pleasantly surprised to find loads of good food. Take your choice.

        c) Finally, On the walking street, you must try Royal Stanislaus Chocolatier. We have been going there since we moved to Europe, and we find their chocolates to be some of the best. They make a fleur de sel caramel chocolate that is fantastic. They are famous for their Buergamont, but this may not be to everyones liking.

        d) In Strasbourg don't miss the Museum of Everyday Things, and then cross to the island(sorry the name escapes me) for some great Alsatian food in one of the many restos there.

        peace, jill

        1. IamJacksBrain Jun 28, 2006 08:12 AM

          My wife forced me to take her to a dinner on a bateaux mouche, and I thought it would be a terrible meal considering the circumstances. I chose Bateaux Parisiens, and didn't regret it because it was one of the best experiences of our trip. It's touristy, but great fun, and well worth a return visit.

          My wife and I had the tasting menu at L'Assiette Champenoise in Reims, and it was one of the best meals I'd ever had. The dishes weren't contrived and almost everything was well thought and perfectly executed.

          You can read the details of our trip here.

          http://www.iamjacksbrain.com/travel/Europe0404p1.html

          Bateaux Parisiens - http://www.bateauxparisiens.com/
          L'Assiette Champenoise - http://www.assiettechampenoise.com/

          Enjoy your trip.

          Mario

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