Rech

Rech

The first time were went to Rech, part of the multinational Alain Ducasse culinary portfolio, we had a most pleasant lunch. On our return visit we had an equally delightful dinner. The modern understated yet warm décor with blond woods and a convivial ambiance were a good match for the well prepared tasty meal, aesthetically pleasing presentation, and friendly and efficient bilingual service.

Although we were the first to arrive the two room upstairs dining section filled up as the evening wore on. Yet we never lacked for anything at our table. Attentive eyes glanced by en route to the second room, and at the most discrete indication from us someone would immediately attend to our request. The table side dish preparation, including fish deboning, enhanced the experience.

Alleno Paris

Alleno Paris

While we had dined well at the same venue a number of times in the past that was our first meal since Chef Yannick Alleno had taken the reigns of the newly named Alleno Paris. Our multi course tasting menu was a most pleasant surprise.

Lunch was a blend of classical French cuisine yet modern at the same time. From the Krug by the glass to the final bite of sweets at the end the meal was a success. Delicious, refined and beautifully presented dishes paired with attentive, warm and detail oriented service matched the elegant setting in a historic building steps away from the famous Champs Elysees.

The chef’s enthusiastic back to basics sauce centered culinary style was simultaneously rewarding and refreshing. Each dish was a journey of discovery far enough from the norm to be intriguing yet still close enough to our zone of comfort to be pleasurable and fun. We congratulate him and his team on their success, and look forward to following them in the new restaurant at the Ledoyen Pavillon.

Greece

Greece

Located in south eastern Europe, on the southern end of the Balkan Peninsula Greece is near the three continents Europe, Asia and Africa. It has an area of 131,957 square kilometers and a population of about 11 million. The country consists of three main geographic areas: the largest is the mainland, the Peloponnese peninsula separated from the mainland by the canal of the Corinth Isthmus, and some 6,000 islands scattered in the Aegean and Ionian Sea in the Greek archipelago.

A large segment, 80 percent, of the country is mountainous or hilly. At the same time, it has 16,000 kilometers of coastline. Of those 7,500 are in the thousands islands of the Greek archipelago.

It has an area of 131,957 square kilometers and a population of about 11 million. The country consists of three main geographic areas: the largest is the mainland, the Peloponnese peninsula separated from the mainland by the canal of the Corinth Isthmus, and some ,.000 islands scattered in the Aegean and Ionian Sea in the Greek archipelago.

A large segment, 80 percent, of the country is mountainous or hilly. At the same time, it has 16,000 kilometers of coastline. Of those 7,500 are in the thousands islands of the Greek archipelago.

Athens to Pindus Mountains 4 x 4 Tour

Athens to Pindus Mountains 4 x 4 Tour

As soon as I heard of the Tripology Adventures expedition through the Pindus Mountains of Central Greece, my wanderer’s spirit did a double take. The concept was intriguing, a turnkey guided self-drive caravan into mountainous areas so remote that only fully equipped all-wheel drive vehicles could get me there. I was already checking flights to Athens! However, a nagging thorn kept catching at the edge of my enthusiasm, the self-drive part. A look at Greece’s geographical statistics reminded me that this 132,000 square kilometer (32,600 square mile) country (i.e. over three times the size of Switzerland) was 80 percent mountains. And of its 117,000 kilometers (73,000 miles) of roadways, only just over one third were paved. I may consider myself an experienced city and highway driver, but I harbor no delusions about my ability to handle a full size Sport Utility Vehicle over unpaved mountain trails. Fortunately my query to Tripology put the matter to rest. While driving on their itineraries is often arduous, a majority of participants fall into the passionate drivers category, oftentimes more eager to take the wheel than share it. I was on my way.