Get ready for the trip of a lifetime – was the appetiser by the peeps from Courvoisier regarding Le Voyage de Courvoisier which was an impromptu and luxurious trip. With a suitcase and very little idea of where I was going, I made my way to Victoria to meet a team of 35 people which included press, consumers and PRs from Courvoisier.
We took the Gatwick Express to Gatwick Airport where we boarded the Easyjet to Bordeaux in France. A few hours later and we found ourselves in Jarnac which is the home of Courvoisier Chateaux. We were given a tour of the Chateaux, their vineyards, museum, cellars and of course given a bit of history about the pretty town.
Jarnac is a very idyllic town with a lot of charm to it. It has a rustic feel with old cottages that contains large shutters and are situated on intimate lanes. It is also surrounded by water so we had lovely views of the lakes. It’s a perfect place to go for long walks or a long cycle. We learnt everything there was to learn about Courvoisier.
Later in the evening we were treated to a formal dinner hosted by Master Blender Patrice Pint which consisted of a three course meal with the very best in French cuisine. My hotel suite was freakin amazing! We stayed at the Hotel Francois Premier in Cognac which was pure luxury. It was practically an apartment with a lounge, shower room and deluxe bathroom and a very spacious bedroom. My only regret was that we did not get to spend more time in the place.
The next day after breakfast we were treated to a cocktail making competition where two bartenders had a friendly spar to see who could create the best cocktail using Courvoisier (what else) as a base. Lots of fun and banter.
Later in the afternoon we took the train to Paris where we checked into another top notch hotel. We attended a rooftop party at Hotel Raphael with a really gorgeous view of the Effiel Tower. Let me tell you, that view never gets old. I have never experienced the roof top thing before but I can assure you it was pretty amazing. Great food and wine, lovely company, cool music and best of Paris.
The next day we were taken to Le Pavillion de Luc, a restaurant set in a picturesque park in the centre of Paris to have an idyllic brunch. They really went to town here and served up one hell of a feast.
Then it was home time but after treating us like VIPs for the past few days, the Courvoisier crew were not going to let us down. It was First Class on the Eurostar. The last time I was on the Eurostar was back in 1998 when we went to the World Cup, this was a totally different experience. We are talking ample leg space, glossy magazines, charging points and delightful food. Totally bliss.
What a wicked weekend, thank you Courvoisier for such an amazing experience.
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