5 Ways to Find Ireland in France
On St. Patrick's Day, everyone is Irish, including the French! Here are five ways we bet you didn't know you could find Ireland in France:
1. Green liquor!
Instead of drinking green beer, try a Chartreuse and tonic, or follow the "green fairy" with a classic absinthe preparation.
Chartreuse has been made by Carthusian monks for hundreds of years, and the 130-herb recipe is still a secret. Visit Isère and the Chartreuse region to learn more about their history and taste the spirit for yourself.
If you want to really discover absinthe, you have to travel the Route de l'Absinthe, a trail between France and Switzerland dotted with producers, museums and even little tasting posts hidden in the woods next to cold springs, waiting to provide refreshment for intrepid travelers.
2. The largest Celtic festival in Europe
Yes, that's right: the largest Celtic festival in Europe is held in Brittany, France. The region still has a strong Celtic heritage, evident in the Breton language and local customs. Every year, thousands of musicians from around the Celtic world gather for a celebration of music and tradition.
3. (French) Whiskey
The French are among the top three consumers of whiskey in the world, and they have their own distilleries to prove it. They are located around France, but writer Jon Forsyth of the Wall Street Journal lays out a nice itinerary for you to sample for yourself.
4. Celtic ruins
5. Rolling green landscapes
Ireland is known as the “Emerald Isle”, but France has its own “Emerald Coast”, as well as plenty of greenery in other regions: volcanoes in Auvergne, Europe's largest forest in Aquitaine, and a protected nature reserve in Limousin.