Festive French Foods

Never let it be said that I don’t listen to my readers. Back on 7 January Andrew Petcher suggested I do a post on what the French eat over the Festive Season, so here goes.

Our French friends make a big deal of their meals over the festive period. The table will be beautifully set and decorated, even for a family meal. This is a strong part of French culture and tradition.

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The dishes will have been carefully planned and the presentation will be refined. The idea is not to show-off (well, maybe just a little…) but to please guests and family, showing them your love and care by treating them to an excellent and beautifully prepared meal.

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The culinary highlight of the French festive period starts on Christmas Eve, and typically involves a large and splendid seafood platter.

Oysters, Scallops and Salmon For Christmas 

Smoked and marinated salmon are popular dishes around Christmas time. I often prepare the latter myself with a large piece of fresh raw salmon from my fishmonger and serve it as a starter. However I may serve the former on blinis (small buckwheat pancake). I’ll put a thick slice on each pancake followed by a dollop of chive-flavoured sour cream and I have a pretty, tasty, and super easy to make amuse-gueule for apero.

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Oysters are hugely popular particularly over the Christmas period. Many buy them prepared as part of a huge seafood platter for Christmas Eve. I like to buy them in a large box from my fishmonger and my beloved will open them as and when we need them. I like them best fresh with a squeeze of lemon or a red wine and shallot vinaigrette. I have been known to cook them in a light tempura batter and serve them with a sweet chilli sauce.

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The Festive season is also prime season for scallops. Buy them still in the shell and eat them raw, thinly sliced in a ceviche or lightly cooked – overcooked scallops are rubbery. The French often serve them in the shell, in a gratin.

Foie Gras for Christmas is a Given

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The one dish you can certainly expect around Christmas in France is foie gras. Just visit any French supermarket during the holiday season, even Lidl, and you’ll see tons of it. Foie gras is mostly served as a paté over warm toasted brioche or on pain d’épice. I would typically pan roast some fresh foie gras with a few wild mushrooms and serve it on toasted brioche after our Christmas Day ride. It’s very rich, so you don’t need too much of it. I’ll often serve home made foie gras paté as part of an apero.

Lobster, Truffles, Caviar – not just for those with deep pockets

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These delicacies are expensive but during the Festive season I typically score mine at Lidl and they are very reasonably priced. The French however will splurge during the holidays……preferring a little of something really special and delicious than a lot of something bland and ordinary. For example, I might top my smoked salmon blinis with a tad of caviar rather than chopped chives or dill.

Fowl and Game Meats are popular 

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Game meats such as venison are a popular dish for Christmas in France – or maybe a fancy beef roast, like a beef Wellington – my father’s favourite. Other birds such as goose, pheasant and quail are also popular.

Roasted Ham or Turkey for Large French Tables

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So, what do the French cook for Christmas when they have a large sized family? Typically, a turkey stuffed with a chestnut stuffing or a large roasted ham.

And to Finish……

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Once you’ve eaten all the seafood and birds, as well as a cheese and salad course, then you have no less than 13 desserts waiting for you. Or at least you do in my part of France. The 13 desserts represent Jesus and the 12 apostles and are normally made up of dried fruit, such as dates and figs, as well as a traditional cake called “pompe a l’huile”. But it’s not common in the rest of France.

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La bûche de Noël 2021 de Jeffrey Cagnes.

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While the French aren’t digging into Christmas pudding with brandy butter they have a number of other regional specialities but most often you’ll find them enjoying La  Bûche De Noël – the quintessential French Christmas cake. We’re not talking chocolate buttercream logs here, no local bakeries whip up some amazing creations using all manner of flavourings. 

Traditionally, Christmas in France is celebrated at home, the extended family all around the table enjoying a home cooked meal but, equally, plenty enjoy eating out which is what we generally do on Christmas Day. Christmas Eve we prefer to enjoy our seafood platter à deux.

Washed down with Champagne

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No Christmas in France is the same without the bubbly (Champagne, that is, not Prosecco). It normally comes out at the start of Christmas Eve to kick off proceedings and then will be put away to be replaced by a selection of wines, then digestifs. By the time all this is done, it will be around 3am on Christmas morning. So all that’s left is to say is “Joyeux Noël”.

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Another one of my many photographs of France.

The Musette: Lace Snaps

Lace snaps (Florentines without the fruit) earn their name from their delicate and lacy appearance. These thin and crispy biscuits are made of almond flour, brown butter, brown sugar, salt, and vanilla extract. The butter and sugar sizzle as the cookies bake, transforming the batter into delicate wafers that taste of brown butter and caramel. While they are delightful on their own, they’re also excellent drizzled with or sandwiched around melted dark chocolate.

INGREDIENTS (about 40-50 snaps)

  • 85g (6 tbsp/3/4 stick) unsalted butter
  • 135g (2/3) cup packed light brown sugar
  • 1/4 tsp sea salt
  • 72g (3/4 cup) superfine almond flour
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract

Method

1. Pre-heat the oven to 180°C/fan 160°C/(350°F)/gas mark 4 and line two rimmed baking sheets with silicone baking mats or greaseproof (parchment) paper.

2. Put the butter, brown sugar and salt in a small saucepan and cook over medium heat, stirring constantly, until the sugar and butter melt completely, begin to bubble and the butter turns brown, around 3 – 4 minutes. Now, in a separate bowl, add the butter mixture to the almond flour and add the vanilla extract, stirring the mixture until everything is completely incorporated.

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3. Drop 9 (approx. 1 heaped teaspoon) portions of the batter onto each baking sheet, spacing them out. Flatten each portion with your wet fingers.

4. Bake until the cookies are bubbling and flat, with golden centres and lightly browned edges, 6 – 7 minutes. Repeat steps 3 and 4 until all the dough has been used. No need to cool the baking sheets between batches. If the dough gets crumbly as you reach the end, press each portion together before flattening.

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5. Place the baking sheets on wire racks for 3 minutes. Use a thin spatula to transfer the cookies directly to the rack and let them cool completely (they will crisp up as they cool). 

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Sheree’s Handy Hints

1.This dough is best baked straight away. High humidity can cause the snaps to turn sticky and soften, making them ideal for winter baking.

2. Store cooled snaps in an airtight container at room temperature for up to 1 week though they’ll probably not last that longs they’re so moreish. Freeze in an airtight container separated with greaseproof (parchment) paper for up to 3 months.

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3.To up the ante, you can drizzle them with dark melted chocolate or ganache.

4. Alternatively, as you lift them off the baking tray, curl them around the handle of a wooden spoon. Then dip the ends in either white, milk or plain chocolate. Or, indeed, all three.

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One from the Vaults: Postcards from Paris and New York (2015)

It was chilly, damp even, in Paris but finally the sun broke through to shine on Black Friday, though arguably that event was two weeks before. At Les Invalides, the French President led a memorial service for the 130 victims. Accordingly, Paris was a sombre place with many buildings flying the tricolour at half-mast or on posters plastered in their shop or apartment windows.

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When friends learned I was going to Paris they were aghast but I said that if I cancelled my trip it would be a victory for IS. I’ve lived through the IRA’s campaign of terror, admittedly much less sinister than that of IS, I wasn’t about to cave now.

It was originally meant to be a long romantic week-end with my beloved with plans (as always) made well in advance. We typically go to Paris at this time every year, ostensibly to attend the major French dental exhibition at the Palais des Congres. Our plans changed a couple of weeks ago when my beloved decided he needed to attend the Greater New York Dental Meeting which follows swiftly on its heels.

Paris

Meanwhile, I had a day and a half pounding the Parisian pavements. My beloved always says I’ve gone shopping. But, I haven’t, I’ve gone walking. Most people enjoy walking in the countryside but I love exploring the architecture of urban spaces and they don’t get much finer than those in central Paris.

I think the city has a timeless and elegant feel unified by its stylish buildings which sprang up only around 150 years ago under the aegis of Baron Georges-Eugene Haussmann, Prefect of the Seine district. Unbelievable now, but his sweeping changes did not make him a popular man and his opponents accused him of imposing a coldly regimented style.

Today he’s (rightly) viewed as a visionary who sketched Paris’s great vistas  and imposed the characteristic style of the five-floor, honey-coloured, stone apartment block. Personally I adore these buildings with their symmetrical carved reliefs, beautiful wrought iron balconies, porticoes, front doors and lights – my idea of property porn heaven.

Understandably there was a heavy and visible armed presence at major transport hubs, all around French government buildings, and increased security in every doorway. None of which spoilt the enjoyment of my perambulations. Having made an early start, well before any shops were open, I enjoyed frequent pit-stops to warm up at some of my favourite Parisian watering holes.

In no time at all, I was flying back to Nice for a following day turn-around for our flight to New York. I amused myself on the way over by watching the new Minions movie. I’m now a firm fan. I dined Saturday evening with my beloved, and one of his work colleagues, and that was pretty much all I saw of him. Again, I was left to enjoy myself in New York on foot.

New York is full of buildings with interesting features and I’m not talking about The Empire State Building. No, if you zigzag up and down the cross-streets, gazing upwards, you spot some interesting details. The state of New York side-walks demands that you take care and wear comfortable shoes.

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I had two bright, sunny but very cold days where I walked all over Manhattan followed by two wet days where I meandered around MOMA and The Witney Museum. On my return my two shopaholic sisters were aghast to learn I had only bought two cookery books. What can I say? I’m not a shopper, I’m only a window shopper at best but mostly I’m a walker. New York, Paris, London, indeed any of the world’s great cities, need to be experienced on foot.

Thursday doors #138

This week I’ve still been talking about our recent visit to Paris so here’s a few more French doors.

Thursday Doors is a weekly feature allowing door lovers to come together to admire and share their favourite door photos from around the world. Feel free to join in the fun by creating your own Thursday Doors post each week and then sharing your link in the comments’ on Dan’s site, anytime between Thursday morning and Saturday noon (North American Eastern Time).

Trip to: Le Musée Carnavalet – Histoire de Paris

I’ve been eagerly awaiting the renovation and reopening of this museum which sets out the history of Paris chronologically within a beautiful building in the Marais.

Introduction

The Carnavalet is the oldest City of Paris museum.

Hôtel Le Peltier de Saint-Fargeau

It first opened to the public in February 1880 in the Hôtel Carnavalet located in the Marais, a Parisian district where the architectural heritage is particularly well-preserved.

Since 1880, the museum has been substantially enlarged, with the construction of new buildings and the annexation of the Le Peletier de Sant-Fargeau mansion in 1989. The museum’s architecture now offers a history and contents spanning more than 450 years.

History

Containing more than four centuries of architectural evolution: the museum occupies two transformed and enlarged private mansions. Located at 23 Rue de Sévigné, the Hôtel des Ligneris (known as “Carnavalet”) is one of the rare examples of Renaissance architecture in Paris, along with the Louvre’s Cour Carrée. Built in the mid-16th century (1548-1560) for Jacques des Ligneris, President of the Paris Parliament, it is one of the oldest Marais District private mansions.

The mansion was sold in 1578 to Françoise de la Baume, wife of Chevalier Kernevenoy, who was called “Monsieur de Carnavalet”. This deformation of “Kernevenoy” became the building’s established name.

Starting in 1660, the celebrated architect François Mansart raised the mansion’s porch on what is now Rue de Sévigné and created two new wings. Madame de Sévigné, the writer, lived there from 1677 to 1694.

Finally, following a suggestion by Prefect Haussmann during the major renovation of Paris (1853-1870), the mansion was purchased by the City of Paris in 1866 and made into the capital’s historical museum.

An extension of the museum was immediately decided upon and included two-tiered galleries. The façades opening on the garden feature elements from demolished Parisian buildings: the Nazareth Arch from 16th century, the Pavillon des Drapiers from 17th century, and the Pavillon de Choiseul from 18th century. Several sculptures have also been transplanted from their original site to the museum, such as the statue of King Louis XIV by Antoine Coysevox, the bas-relief of Henry IV by Lemaire (formerly found at Paris City Hall), and the statue of Victory by Louis-Simon Boizot (from Place du Châtelet).

Inside, the exhibition pathway includes painted ceilings and sculpted panels, as well as decorative wood paneling from Parisian interiors.

L’hôtel Carnavalet vers 1740 par Westermann CARP2006

The Hôtel Le Peletier de Saint-Fargeau is located at 29 rue de Sévigné. It was built between 1688 and 1690 for Michel Le Peletier de Souzy (1640-1725), according to plans made by Pierre Bullet (1639-1716), Architect of the King and the City, and has a remarkable orangery. These buildings were annexed to the museum in 1989. This was also the time when Fouquet’s Jewelry Shop by Alphonse Mucha, the dining room of the Café de Paris by Henri Sauvage and the ballroom of the Wendel Mansion by José-Maria Sert were installed.

In October 2016, the museum was closed to the public for a major renovation carried out by François Chatillon, Chief Architect for Historical Monuments. This major cultural heritage site has been justifiably protected as a Historical Monument since 1846 and has been included in the Marais Protection and Promotion Plan since 1965.

Showcased in an exceptional historical setting and within the reach of everyone, the Musée  Carnavalet is now open again.

Carnavalet Collections

With the growth of Paris, the idea of a museum dedicated to the history of the city became popular during the Second Empire (1852-1870). In 1866, the municipality acquired the Carnavalet mansion on the initiative of Seine Prefect Haussmann, perhaps as a way of compensating for the partial destruction of Paris. It was meant to house a new institution designed to document Paris, while paying particular attention to how the collections would be presented.

From the start, the museum has been dedicated to collecting authentic objects “having belonged to” a well-known person and with a strong individual and collective emotional resonance.  For example, it features, among other things, the campaign kit belonging to Napoleon I, mementos of the French royal family and the revolutionaries, Zola’s watch and the bedroom and personal affairs of Marcel Proust.

Two pioneering missions that aimed to document the transformations of Paris also provide a solid framework for the museum. Supervision of diggings and demolitions have thus added nearly 10,000 archeological items to the museum, while commissions for paintings or photographs of streets and neighbourhoods have been included in the collections.

Donations are the main means of acquisition. Since the museum’s creation, tens of thousands of donors have contributed to building and enriching the collections, currently divided among ten departments. The first donors (Jules Cousin, Théodore Vacquer and Alfred de Liesville) even worked for the museum.

Outstanding donations include Georges Clemenceau’s gift in 1896 of a painting that had belonged to his father. Entitled Declaration of the Rights of Man and of the Citizen, which is attributed to Jean-Jacques Le Barbier. In 1902, Empress Eugénie, the widow of Napoleon III, donated the crib designed for the Imperial Prince by Victor Baltard.

Today the Carnavalet contains over 618,000 items dating from prehistory to the present. Paintings, sculptures, scale models, shop signs, drawings, engravings, posters, medals and coins, historical objects and souvenirs, photographs, wood paneling, interior decorations and furniture combine to present the history and tell the unique story of the capital. The singular spirit of the site ensures a rich, emotion-filled experience.

Recent Renovation

In association with Snøhetta and Agence NC (Nathalie Crinière), the Chatillon Architectural firm carried out the restoration of the museum over a four-year period, updating the visitor experience and making the museum a key part of the cultural landscape.

Renovation focused mainly on the building’s façades, openings, passageways and some of the wood flooring, on redesigning the visit layout and on adapting the building to 21st century by upgrading standards and creating vertical circulations and new areas. The work has embellished the building and highlighted its architecture, while adding a new touch with grand stairways.

  • Along the visitor route, several new areas have been created:
    Two introductory rooms present Paris, its symbols, key data on the city and the history of the museum’s creation and donors.
  • On the lower ground, new rooms exhibit collections that range from the Mesolithic Era (9000-6000 B.C.) to mid-16th century.
  • There’s now a restaurant opening onto the gardens. 
  • More importantly, there is easier access for everyone, in particular the disabled, which was one of the renovation project’s main goals. 

Interactive Programmes

Interactive programmes, suitable for all types of visitors, now accompanies the works. Designed in collaboration with the museum’s scientific and cultural teams, the programmes also required the intervention of a number of experts on Paris, including historians, geographers, urban planners, archeologists, sociologists, economists and literature specialists.

Translated into English and Spanish along the entire pathway, the installations provide context that includes primary references and additional ways to explore a given topic. Ten percent of the works displayed have been installed at a child’s height.

Digital installations (filmed interviews, archival excerpts, animated films and games, projections, listening areas, audio descriptions, interactive maps, digital applications and labels) are located throughout the display to provide additional information on the major historical episodes in Paris. We had a lot of fun with these!

 

Wordless Wednesday #105

Here’s another photo from one of my many #adventuresdownunder where there is just so much wonderful scenery.

Trip to the Louvre, and its gardens

Over the years I’ve spent plenty of time at the Louvre though I’m still not sure I’ve seen everything the museum has to offer. One of my favourite places is however its gardens and I enjoyed a wonderful stroll around here on Monday morning while my beloved was at a business meeting.

This former royal playground park has been a breath of fresh air in the French capital for almost five hundred years and today, everyone can enjoy a stroll through it.

History

It all began back in 1564. Nostalgic for the Florentine palaces of her childhood, Queen Catherine de’ Medici, Henri II’s widow, had a new palace and garden built outside the Parisian city walls. The tile factories (tuileries) that had stood on the chosen spot since the Middle Ages gave the new royal residence and garden their name.

The garden was completely redesigned in 1664 by Louis XIV’s landscape gardener, André Le Nôtre. Le Nôtre arranged the Tuileries Garden in three large sections – a structure that has remained unchanged over the centuries.

After several modifications and partial privatisation – notably by Napoleon I then his nephew Napoleon III – it was finally opened to the general public in 1871.

The same year, during the Paris Commune uprising, rioters burned the Tuileries Palace down to protest against royal and imperial power. The palace was never rebuilt………but the garden thankfully has survived to this day.

In 1990, a competition was launched for the renovation of the Tuileries. The winning duo – landscape architects Pascal Cribier and Louis Benech – added contemporary innovations to the historical garden while respecting Le Nôtre’s original design.

Garden Layout

In accordance with the French garden tradition, the section of the Tuileries Garden nearest to the palace was designed to be admired from its windows. Called the Grand Carré, it was embellished with ponds and embroidery-like garden beds outlined by low boxwood hedges. Today’s simpler flower beds allow the estate’s gardeners greater freedom to express their creativity.

illustrationThe next section of the garden, the Grand Couvert, is the shady, wooded part, where Le Nôtre oversaw the planting of eight deciduous-tree groves, arranged symmetrically but each different in atmosphere. The majestic Grande Allée, which intersects the Grand Couvert, is aligned with the Champs-Elysées – laid out by André Le Nôtre as an extension of the garden.

Then there is an open area surrounding the octagonal Grand Bassin and the horseshoe-shaped ramps that lead to the terraces bordering the garden. The Seine-side terrace serves as an embankment to protect the Tuileries from flooding; the symmetrical Terrasse des Feuillants runs alongside the rue de Rivoli.

An Open Air Museum

The Tuileries Garden has been decorated with statues and vases since 18th century. Each successive government has removed or added sculptures according to changes in taste. Many of the groves are home to sculptures loaned by museums of modern and contemporary art. Also represented are famous sculptors from 7th century to the present day, including Antoine Coysevox, Auguste Rodin, Jean Dubuffet, Giuseppe Penone and Louise Bourgeois.

Specialised conservators are responsible for the maintenance of the sculptures. When necessary, the most fragile marble works are moved to the shelter of the Louvre – to the Cour Marly and Cour Puget (Richelieu wing) – and replaced in the garden by replicas.

Etienne Jules Ramey, Theseus Fighting the Minotaur

Giuseppe Penone, The Tree of Vowels

Jean Dubuffet, Bel costumé

Gabriel Edouard Baptiste Pech, Monument to Charles Perrault

Musical Monday: Lenny Kravitz

I’ve seen Lenny Kravitz in concert many times and he’s never disappointed. I’m going to feature two of my favourite tracks – no mean feat because I pretty much love them all – enjoy!

Lenny wrote Thinking of You in honour of his mother, actress Roxie Roker, who sadly died of breast cancer in 1995. The track was released in 1998 and features on Lenny’s fifth studio album 5.

The singer told Rolling Stone magazine in 2018:

I wrote this after my mom died. It was a really hard time. It was basically a song to her, just asking her how it was, where she was now, what it’s like. Is it everything you would imagine it to be? It wasn’t an easy song to write; it took a minute. And the chorus was just talking about how I’m doing my best to make her happy and proud: ‘Thinking of you and all the things you wanted me to do be, and I’m trying.’ It’s just a beautiful tribute to my mother.

My second choice, his 1991 hit Always on the Run, from his second studio album Mama Said, was inspired by his mother’s  advice to slow down and enjoy life. The album takes its name from the song’s first line:

My mama said that your life is a gift.

This song features Slash from Guns N’ Roses on guitar who went to the same high school (Beverly Hills) as Lenny though they only knew one another in passing.

To write this track, Slash met up with Lenny right after finishing his European tour. Allegedly he jumped on Concorde and flew to New York. He’d asked Lenny to get him a gallon of vodka and a bag of ice, and they went in the studio and bang, there it was. The two of them wrote and cut the tune. Lenny played drums; Slash played guitar; then Lenny played his guitar, bass and did the vocals. Lenny brought the horn players in and it was done. Then Slash got on a plane the next morning and went to LA! Not sure this was following his mother’s advice, but…….

French Fancies: OKKO Hotels

The Porte de Versailles hotel is a half-hour train ride from the Eiffel Tower
This relatively new chain of four-star hotels is springing up in cities across France. With its cool concept of smallish rooms balanced with a large central area known as The Club, there’s plenty of space to relax. One of its main attractions is that the room price has no hidden extras and includes an aperitif, snacks, wifi, international phone calls (up to €10), videos on demand and access to the fitness suite (gym and sauna).

We’ve stayed in a number of their hotels which are always in quieter locations but still handy for everything and represent great value for money. The staff are very helpful and we love their late weekend checkouts. We do however prefer their larger-sized premium rooms.

OKKO HOTELS is an urban four-star hotel concept that has turned the traditions of the hotel sector upside down. Set up by Olivier Devys, an alumnus of Accor¹, who wanted to prove there was still room in the French hospitality business for modern 4* lifestyle hotels, with a contemporary décor. The chain’s motto is:

Four stars, no cloud

The hotel group is centrally managed by a very small team, building together with Olivier Devys a stronger, more innovative, more agile and more ambitious brand. The chain’s founder and president is a engineering graduate of the Ecole Centrale Paris, so it’s surprising he ended up working in hospitality.

He joined Accor, after the group acquired his company, where Devys then spent 16 years honing his experience in the hotel industry. A co-designer of the Suitehotel concept alongside Paul Dubrule, Accor’s founder and CEO, he demonstrated that an innovative and modern concept could also be a commercial success. So, he decided to go it alone and develop OKKO, hotels that are modern, sustainable, personal and fairly priced. Devys claims:

We don’t think that you need to have a screw loose in order to be an entrepreneur in today’s France, just a bit of courage.

Devys’ daughter Solenne has worked alongside him on this venture since 2011, firstly on brand management and communication, now as deputy CEO. She has a particular interest in CSR and has ensured that the group has developed in an environmentally and socially responsible manner.

The first hotel opened in Nantes in 2014 and it was an immediate hit with customers who loved its urban design and unbeatable value for money. The group has grown apace and there are now 12 hotels. The two most recently opened are in Lille and Nice. The former was a redevelopment of an old Galeries Lafayette store rather the usual new build.

Gallery image of this property

In addition, the group is working on the development of its bar and catering business, with the opening of several bars and rooftops within the group and the development of a catering offer within the Clubs. It is also creating a training school so as to offer real development paths within the group. CSR is still on the agenda, with the development of local and organic purchases, as well as waste reduction measures.

Give it a whirl next time you’re visiting France, you won’t be disappointed!

All images courtesy of OKKO

¹Accor S.A. is a French multinational hospitality company that owns, manages and franchises hotels, resorts and vacation properties in many segments. It is the largest hospitality company in Europe, and the sixth largest worldwide. Accor operates in 5,199 locations in over 110 countries. Its total capacity is approximately 762,000 rooms. Accor also owns companies specialized in digital hospitality and event organisation. The company is headquartered in Issy-les-Moulineaux, France, and is a constituent of the CAC Next 20 index on the Paris stock exchange.