In Rhône-Alpes, nature puts on a show
Before meeting Olivia Poncy at French Affairs in Atlanta on October, 18-19, she would like to share the highlights of the Rhône-Alpes region.
Atout France: Describe your favorite view in Rhône-Alpes
Olivia Poncy: It’s impossible for me to choose only one view in the Rhône-Alpes, as the landscapes are so diverse. Here are my favorites: The panoramic view of the city of Lyon from the Basilica of Fourvière helps us understand how and why Lyon has developed. You can also see Mont-Blanc when the weather is good!Speaking of Mont-Blanc… I have to mention Chamonix where you can experience Mont-Blanc, the Brévent and the Aiguille du Midi in just one look… and feel quite small in the middle of these majestic mountains.Then, let’s not forget about the heavenly view from the shores of the Lake Annecy where you can admire the surrounding mountainous landscape with your feet in the water.Finally, at the beginning of summer, I love the breathtaking sight of olive and lavender fields as far as the eye can see from the terrace of the Castle of Grignan in the Drôme Provençale!
AF: If you had only 24 hours in Rhône-Alpes, where would you eat and drink?
OP: In Lyon, I would definitively go to Daniel et Denise restaurant. This restaurant is a traditional “Bouchon” where the M.O.F (a title given in recognition of exceptional craftsmanship) Chef Joseph Viola serves all the culinary specialties of Lyon: Lyon Salad, pike quenelle with Nantua sauce, tripe, and praline pie with a glass of Beaujolais wine.In the Alps, I always choose a mountain cheese specialty like raclette, tartiflette and fondue served with a Mondeuse wine. Around the Alpine lakes, I indulge with in a lake fish like Arctic Char and a glass of Chignin-bergeron. Finally, in the southern part of the Rhône-Alpes where Provence begins, I would enjoy a dish of truffles from Tricastin served with a fine wine from the northern part of the Côtes-du-Rhône vineyards.
AF: What is your favorite season in Rhône-Alpes and why?
OP: In the Rhône-Alpes, every season is beautiful. Winter in the Alps, springtime in the heart of the cities, summer in the southern area like in the Ardèche gorges or in the middle of olive and lavender fields… but my favorite season remains fall, with forest strolls spent collecting mushrooms and chestnuts and admiring the trees changing colors. The light is still beautiful and the climate is still warm.
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