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Michel Troisgros
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Owner and Grand Chef of the Maison Troisgros
Route du Bonheur - 60 Years with Relais & Châteaux, along the Nationale 7 Road

The story of the Maison was written alongside that of Relais & Châteaux. A long time ago, my father, Pierre Troisgros, was an active member of the association. He assisted the development of a number of ’’Relais de Campagne’’ and the French haute cuisine. This wonderful intention was at the heart of the development of the ’’Relais Gourmands’’, a label that identified the association’s best restaurants, and encouraged chefs. Located in Roanne, in front of the train station, our property was one of the few provincial Relais & Châteaux located in a city.
Roanne was – and still is – on the Nationale 7, the ’’Sun Route’’ sung and painted by the greatest artists. In 1954, it was a major axis, a straight North-South line that ran through city and village centres, and created endless traffic jams during the holidays…
Today, the Nationale 7 plays hide-and-seek with the GPS and any detours you might wish to make. Trying to follow it could be mind-teasing. You can still find the twin-lines of plane trees, abandoned service stations, and traces of the painted ads of the day on the walls of old farms.
We took over from Jean-Baptiste and from Jean and Pierre and our sons César and Léo will probably take our place…In a short time, in a noble and agricultural area, not too far from the Roanne train station, our Maison will take a new form. We’re in the habit of saying that the nice weather follows the Nationale 7. So, I invite you to follow us along the Route du Bonheur…

Relais & Châteaux proposes its Routes du Bonheur for your inspiration: they are suggestions of itineraries that you can adapt to your preferences and desired experiences. Our advisors are at your disposal to individualise your routes and help you make reservations at our properties.
Example for a 10 nights stay from 2330 €*
* Minimum indicative rate per person, subject to availability, on the basis of a double room with double occupancy, including accommodation, breakfast and dinner (menu, without beverages) in the properties suggested for the itinerary.
Activities on site and nearby must be reserved by you.

My Route du Bonheur
Stage 1: 2 days, 2 nights

Auberge des Templiers

Keeping tradition alive in the Sologne countryside
Auberge des Templiers
The starting point of the first Route du Bonheur in 1954, l’Auberge des Templiers is the memory keeper of the Relais & Châteaux. Sixty years later, the magnificent half-timbering, red bricks, and floral park located in the footsteps of the Loire Valley and Sologne give an unchanging image of the association’s spirit. ’’In the beginning, the Route du Bonheur allowed its members to become better known,’’ recalls the owner Philippe Dépée. ’’With time, the two became closer. As with any association that lasts, it’s just as much the members who forge the identity as the association that influences the identity of its members.’’

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The Briare Aqueduct

It is described as ’’an Eiffel Tower of the navigable paths.’’ For over a century, the metallic Briare aqueduct was the longest one in the world. Built between 1890 and 1896, today the construction rises over the Loire River and the old lateral canal dug out during the reign of Henri IV. Gustave Eiffel himself contributed to the project. At the time, Briare was an important site of the river traffic. Today, it’s the leisure boats that take advantage of this stunning scenery. Looking at the boats from high above, you feel like you’re flying…

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The Sancerre and Pouilly Vineyards

’’The cellar has always been one of the Auberge’s most important places,’’ says Philippe Dépée. ’’I like the vineyard work. Perhaps because like mine, it’s done with love of the place, of the land, and the insistence on excellence.’’ On both banks of the Loire River, the Sancerre and Pouilly vineyards offer their most beautiful colours. Some of the finest Sauvignons blancs and Pinots noirs in the country are produced here. The finest wine varieties are to be found on the restaurant menu of the Auberge, run by Grand Chef Yoshi Miura.

The Grands Chefs of Burgundy

In Joigny, on the banks of the Yonne River, in the north of Burgundy, Jean-Michel Lorain attends to what his father created. The Grand Chef of La Côte Saint Jacques & Spa offers a re-invented Burgundy, between escargots and spices from half a world away. The country of Chablis leads toward the impressive Saint-Marie-Madeleine basilica in Vézelay, listed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Under the protective benefaction of this holy site, Grand Chef Marc Meneau combines his expertise patiently gleaned from books with the region’s best products in his well-named restaurant, L’Espérance. In Saulieu, Patrick Bertron watches over the Relais Bernard Loiseau with a keen and precise eye. The Grand Chef has preserved the ’’classics’’ spirit of the former owner introducing some subtle renovations. Not far from Beaune, it’s Éric Pras who now presides over the illustrious Maison Lameloise, passionately pursuing the work of his predecessors boostingthe ’’niveau d’excellence’’ (level of excellence). Just a few kilometres away, the Burgundy climate offers its best vines in the shade of low walls. Puligny-Montrachet, Vosne-Romanée, Vougeot and Gevrey-Chambertin are within hand’s reach…or that of a glass.

La Côte Saint Jacques & Spa
L’Espérance
Le Relais Bernard Loiseau
Maison Lameloise

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Stage 2: 2 days, 2 nights

Troisgros

Excellence lies in simplicity
Troisgros
When my grandfather decided to move to Roanne in the thirties, the city was flourishing because of the textile industry. The Roanne train station was located at the time on the PLM line (Paris-Lyon-Marseille). Lyon is only a few kilometres away. While the textile business may no longer be what it was, we have remained faithful to the city. Over time, we’ve developed a close, singular, and lasting relationship with our farm producers and suppliers. Here, the resources are beautiful and varied - between the plain, the river, the ponds, the forests, and the mountains. Located opposite the train station since 1930, our Maison will move a few steps away in 2017. Just because tradition, to last, must renew itself…

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The Hervé Mons Tunnel, Ambierle

Hervé Mons is a good friend and one of the best maîtres affineurs (experts in cheese ripening). A Meilleur Ouvrier de France (Best Craftsman in France), he knows inside and out all the country’s farms, traditions, and expertise. Over the years, he has become a reference in the profession. Over a hundred producers from all around France and elsewhere entrust the ripening and marketing of their cheeses to him. The smallest herd he oversees counts only four cows, producing only several dozen cheeses a year. A few years ago, he had the idea of transforming a railway tunnel into a cellar, and there he prepares his Beaufort, Salers, Cantals, Lavorts, Gruyères, and various Tommes.

Mons Fromages

The Livestock Market, Saint-Christophe-en-Brionnais

When I was a child, my father took me here regularly. From Roanne, you crisscross Charolais hills. It’s a beautiful trip through wooded countryside interrupted here and there by several villages proud of their Romanesque churches. Every Wednesday, at noon, the market gathers a number of Charolais breeders who present their livestock for sale. More than 70,000 animals are sold here annually. Since 2009, an auction market has rounded out this traditional market, which was created at the end of the fifteenth century. Along the way, you should also stop, of course, at the Colline du Colombier, our magnificent inn lost in the country, in Iguerande - a village where the Leblanc family produces an excellent walnut oil.

The Roanne coast vineyard

Shared by fifty independent wine growers, this vineyard has enjoyed an AOC appellation since 1994. My father worked for a long time with Robert Sérol in Renaison. Today, I share “Les Blondins”, a two-hectare property on the Gamay Estate, with his son, Stéphane Sérol. It’s a fruity and expressive wine that you’ll find on the menu of all of our restaurants – as far away as Tokyo.

Domaine Sérol

Lyon Contemporary Art Biennale

Passionate about the artistic creation, I never miss the Lyon Contemporary Art Biennale. The first art biennale was held in the early 90s in the Halle Tony Garnier. In this singular world, I discovered artists like Christian Boltanski, Philippe Favier, Annette Messager, Buren, Viallat and Traquandi. It’s also at the Biennale that I encountered the work of architect Patrick Bouchain, with whom we are working on the future Maison Troisgros. In 2015, American curator Ralph Rugoff will undertake the Biennale’s leadership.

La Biennale de Lyon

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The Grands Chefs in and around Lyon…

Guy Lassaussaie transformed an old coaching inn built by his great-grandfather into an elegant house with contemporary lines. Sea bass fillet cooked skin-side down, lobster rolls, pigeon cooked in hay - here, the quality of ingredients is central. We’re at the gates of Lyon, probably the very heart of French gastronomy. In the Ville des Lumières (the City of the Lumières brothers), three other Grands Chefs continue the culinary heritage. At the Villa Florentine, Davy Tissot opens the doors onto the city from the hill terraces of Fourvière. In an Italian-inspired décor, the chef designs his menu in the image of the city, ’’a crossroads between the sea and the mountain.’’ Close to the Parc de la Tête d’Or, Pierre Orsi interprets classic dishes based on ’’noble’’ products, with the greatest finesse. Finally, located a bit off to the side, on the banks of the Saône, L’Auberge de L’Île Barbe by Jean-Christophe Ansanay-Alex offers a journey toward new flavours, where foie gras is paired with quince ketchup, for example…

Restaurant Guy Lassausaie
Villa Florentine
Restaurant Pierre Orsi
Auberge de l’Ile Barbe

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Stage 3: 2 days, 2 nights

Georges Blanc Parc & Spa

In Vonnas a village has developed to illustrate French art de vivre
Georges Blanc Parc & Spa
’’Celebrating the 60th anniversary of Relais & Châteaux in Vonnas is even more moving for me as I’m certainly the last living witness of the first Route de Bonheur drawn together at my uncle’s on May 12, 1954’’, reminisces Georges Blanc.’’Our property in Vonnas became part of the chain in 1972 as a Relais de Campagne. We were part of the Relais Gourmands created together with Pierre Troigros, Michel’s father. Relais & Châteaux reveals a soul. It’s properties are so unlike one another and that have such a singular charm.’’ The Blanc family not only found an institution, they created a village entirely dedicated to the art of living and gastronomy. With over 135,000 bottles, the property also holds one of the most beautiful cellars in the world.

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Hameau du Vin, Romanèche-Thorins

From the vine-growing process to the wine-making process, you can explore the whole world of wine in this hamlet created by Georges Duboeuf in the heart of the Beaujolais. In fifty years, this passionate man has gone from simple bottler to one of the biggest Beaujolais wine merchants. The story of the vineyards and of the wine unfolds throughout almost 30,000 m2 of park and exhibition sites. Two thousand years of history and expertise that often ends with the tasting of a glass of wine…

Hameau du Vin

Musée Départemental de la Bresse - Domaine des Planons, Saint-Cyr-sur-Menthon

Set in a magnificent 18th-century farm extended by a contemporary-style building, this museum dedicated entirely to Bressan heritage presents rich collections including costumes, jewellery, and local food specialities. Devoted to the region, Georges Blanc helped set up a real on-site Bresse poultry farm. A vegetable garden was also re-created. In 2014, a large exhibition was dedicated to the Bresse enamels that adorned the jewels of 19th century aristocratic women.

Parc des Oiseaux, Villars les Dombes

Grey-crowned Cranes, Dalmatian Pelicans, Scarlet Ibises, Rainbow Lorikeets, Cockatoos, and Marabou Storks…There are so many bird species to observe in this 35-hectare park set in the heart of a bird sanctuary. There’s a very beautiful show of birds born and raised here that allows you to admire the birds in flight.

Parc des Oiseaux

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The Grands Chefs on the Rhône Valley

Vienne-la-Romaine is home to one of the greatest culinary stops along the route. Long managed by Chef Fernard Point, La Pyramide today benefits from the talent of Patrick Henriroux. Art Deco, regional food products, and delicate and spiced flavours are on the menu. Further to the south, in the restaurant hotel that bears their name, Régis et Jacques Marcon turn cooking into étoiles. Nature-oriented, with an ’’eco-label’’ certification, the restaurant is really part of the scenery. Their green Puy lentils, lamb or river-fish is worth the trip alone to the Haute-Loire. But how can you stop while a sign comes up for the Maison Pic, run for several years now by Anne-Sophie. World-known André Pic’s granddaughter and Jacques Pic’s daughter continues to place Valence at the heart of the French culinary scene. Her flavour combinations, as refined as unexpected, aim always to deliver the true essence of vegetables, fish, and meat.

La Pyramide
Hôtel et Restaurant Régis et Jacques Marcon
Maison Pic

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Stage 4: 2 days, 2 nights

Oustau de Baumanière & Spa

Art de vivre in Provence
Oustau de Baumanière & Spa
’’I was born in 1945, the year my grandfather Raymond Thuilier created l’Oustau de Baumaniere,’’ explains the famous star chef Jean-André Charial. ’’My family very quickly became involved in the Relais & Châteaux story - from a few properties along the Nationale 7 in the ‘50s, to its today’s expansion across the continents.’’ During these sixty years, L’Oustau de Baumanière became a must-visit destination, frequented by personalities like Brigitte Bardot, General De Gaulle, and the Queen of England. Even today, the history continues to be made…

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Le Moulin Castelas, Les Baux de Provence

It’s at Moulin Castelas where Jean-Benoît Hugues produces perhaps the best olive oil of the Baux-de-Provence Valley. On the 45 hectares extending along the sun-kissed slopes of the Alpilles are four varieties of olive: l’Aglandau, la Grossane, la Salonenque, and la Verdale - each unique, bursting with a singular flavour. Jean-Benoît works his oil like wine, with the same passion and precision. Here, at the Moulin Castelas, the fruit transforms into an elixir.

Le Moulin Castelas

Carrières de Lumières, Les Baux de Provence

And what if the biggest screen in the world was actually in Provence? On this exceptional site of the old Baux quarries, the works of the most prestigious artists are presented. Filmed in 1959 in Cocteau’s The Testament of Orpheus, the quarries make an extraordinary setting today. There’s more than 6,000m2 of space where shows are projected, often featuring the paintings of Gauguin, Monet or Van Gogh. Each year, a new work lights up the white limestone. In 2014, Klimt and Vienna will have the place of honour.

Carrières de Lumières

L’Affectif, Jean-André Charial’s wine

It’s on the Lauzières Estate, in an isolated little valley in the south of the Alpilles, where Jean-André Charial produces a rosé or red wine named ’’L’Affectif’’. This AOC wine from Les Baux de Provence offers - according to its vintage - prune, blackberry, or red berry notes.

L’Affectif

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The Grands Chefs from Montpellier to Le Castellet

Just a few kilometres from Nîmes, ’’Southerner’’ Michel Kayser presents a palette of Provence in his Restaurant Alexandre - from turbot confit in olive oil to a Provençale-truffle floating island. The Route du Bonheur leaves off from the old Nationale 7 to make a small detour around Montpellier, where the brothers Jacques and Laurent Pourcel work together around the five senses in the superb Jardin des Sens. Return to Les Baux in Provence and to the Luberon flavours which explode in your mouth at Bonnieux-en-Provence. In his Bastide de Capelongue overlooking the lavender fields, Édouard Loubet presents dishes inspired by the nature. Once you arrive in Marseille, go to Gérald Passédat’s Le Petit Nice, a real hymn to the sea, where little fish caught in the rocky inlet are served up as the world’s most precious dishes. You can taste the Mediterranean in Christophe Bacquié’s Provençale cuisine at l’Hôtel du Castellet flavoured entirely by the sun. Raised in Corsica and in love with its vegetation, he always has an eye toward the South…

Restaurant Alexandre
Le Jardin des Sens
Bastide de Capelongue
Le Petit Nice-Passédat
Hôtel du Castellet

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Stage 5: 2 days, 2 nights

Château de La Chèvre d’Or

A sumptuous romantic palace between the sea and the stars
Château de La Chèvre d’Or
’’The history of La Chèvre d’Or is closely linked to that of Relais & Châteaux. Their DNA is similar’’, explains housemaster, Thierry Naidu. La Chèvre d’Or opened its doors on the Eze cliff in 1953, and joined the prestigious association only three years later. With only a small restaurant and a few rooms nestled on the heights of the village, it now possesses several buidings on the cliff. Hidden behind the thick old stone walls lies the refinement of La Chèvre d’Or. Away from the public’s eye, the big blue sea is all yours….

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The Grands Chefs on the Route…

Located at La Napoule, L’Oasis emerges on the Mediterranean seaside. Cannes, its Festival Palace and above all its Florville Market attract film-lovers and gourmets, including Stéphane, François and Antoine Raimbault. Some kilometres inland, on the heights of Grasse, the silver-coloured olive leaves welcome you to the Bastide Saint-Antoine. With its world reputation for flavours, this town offers chef Jacques Chibois unsuspected flavours and a beautiful environment for organic vegetables. Running along Antibes and Nice, then heading to the rock village of Eze, the Nationale 7 ends at Menton, on Italy’s doorsteps. In the shade of the magnificent lemon trees, with one last look toward the Mediterranean from Mirazur, the restaurant of the talented Italian-Argentinian chef Mauro Colagreco reminds us that the Route du Bonheur is also the route to all flavours…

L’Oasis
Restaurant Mirazur
La Bastide Saint-Antoine

Nietzsche’s Path, Eze

They say that the famous philosopher who once lived nearby has conceived the third part of his monumental Thus Spoke Zarathustra along this path that now bears his name. Following the steps of Friedrich Nietzsche, you can walk between the low, dry stone walls, and the cypress and bougainvillea trees, all mixed with the fragrance of myrtle and rosemary. The Mediterranean gives itself freely to a perfect postcard setting. It takes approximately forty-five minutes to descend, and/or one-and-a-half hour to climb back up the 400m path.

Rothschild’s Ephrussi Villa, Saint-Jean-Cap-Ferrat

Transformed into a museum by 1938, this magnificent Renaissance-style palace is one of the most impressive monuments of all the French Riviera. A great collector of art, its owner Béatrice Ephrussi de Rothschild was known for her refined tastes. Inside the villa, one can still explore the baroness’s living rooms and apartments, that house an exceptional collection of French porcelain. Be especially mesmerized by one of the nine "remarkable" gardens (labelled by the Ministry of Culture in 2005), which cover almost seven hectares.

Villa Ephrussi

The Maeght Foundation, Saint-Paul-de-Vence

Modern and contemporary art find its most beautiful ambassadors here. With this incredible building, Aimé and Marguerite Maeght provided an exceptional setting for the works of artists like Giacometti, Chagall, Miro, Léger, and Braque. The building continues with superb gardens that are accessorized with monumental works of art. Since its establishment in 1964, several monograph exhibitions have been dedicated to those who were often friends of the Maeght family. The Foundation will be celebrating its 50th anniversary in spring this year with an exhibit dedicated to Catalan architect Josep Lluís Sert, while in summer, it will revisit the masterpieces that marked its history….

Fondation Maeght

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