Saturday, July 03, 2010

Bagnols (near Lyon), France: A dessert for Kings!

Château de Bagnols: Simply Golrious!

If you ever wanted to travel to a particular spot in the world and pretend you were character in a fairy tale or that you were a 13th Century Knight, you must fly to France and stay at Relais & Chateaux "castle" hotel: Château de Bagnols.  My wife and I had the privilege last night to stop as we drove from Cannes (South of France) to Paris. It is about halfway, near Lyon in the small village of Bagnol- where the Chateaux seems to be the center of attention.

From the 13th century, the chateau features impressive towers, the original dry moat, unique architecture and a dramatic entrance across a drawbridge. The historic Château de Bagnols is a spectacular hotel with 21 unique rooms and a phenomenal restaurant.  A few years ago, we did a "castle hotel" tour of France and I remember the meals were fantastic but this one out did all those before.  let me say, maybe one of the most spectacular meals of my life.  

The topper was the dessert.  My pictures do not do it justice but it this was in the top 5 best desserts I have ever had in my life...Chocolate Ganache topping Chocolate Mouse with layers of white chocolate and layers of crunchy chocolate biscuit cookie with a chocolate bar on top and sticking out of the top. I cannot say more than I need to go back now!

Relais & Chateaux