Chocolate Festival, Dec 11

I just thought I’d bring you a couple of excerpts from my Christmas expeditions from before I came home from France – since my internet time in France was rather few-and-far-between. I was lucky enough to enjoy two little foraging adventures – the first in La Rochelle’s “Salon Expo Chocolat”.

Chocolate Festival, Dec 11

For a few euros entry, a huge exhibition of chocolate and other sweet treats were not only on display, but available for tasting and testing on every stall. I tasted everything from chocolate spreads, chocolate wine (red & white!), macarons (pineapple – oooh!), the speciality of “cannele”, truffles and grillottines – the liqueur cherries that I used to make myself when I worked in a chocolate shop!

Chocolate Festival Dec 11

A beautifully made chocolate vegetable basket!

Chocolate Festival, Dec 11

The patisserie class from the catering school where I work as English Language Assistant doing chocolate-dipping demonstrations! Here are the famous grillotines on the right, being dipped in chocolate after having been dipped in hot fondant.
Chocolate Festival, Dec 11

And some incredible ice-sculpting, the first time I have seen this. However it was extremely ear-piercingly noisy, and we ended up laughing a lot since every time I tried to take a photo the artist seemed to stand right in front of me! Finally got a good shot though.
Bordeaux at Christmas
The second pre-Christmas outing was to Bordeaux Christmas Market with my friend Kelly, for a rainy Sunday afternoon. Despite the drizzle we had a cosy day chatting, browsing through an antiques market and then Christmas market, discovering a sweet Victorian-style teashop (in which I ate a LOT of cake and some lovely tea!) finishing the day with mulled wine and huddled under a little umbrella by the market. Kelly wrote a bit more about this day with some lovely photos, so make sure you visit her blog too.
Bordeaux at Christmas
Thanks for reading my blog in 2011, or if you are a new reader I hope that you keep following during 2012! I appreciate my readers so much, and my plans for 2012 are certainly going to involve a lot of blogging.
Happy New Year!
Bordeaux at Christmas
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