My travel plans for this autumn include a trip to Cognac in the Poitou-Charentes region on the Atlantic coast of France over the period 2nd – 7th September 2012. I will be a guest of Visit PCharentes @VisitPCharentes and the visit is co-ordinated by Magellan PR @MagellanPR.
It will be a welcome return to a region of France I visited at the sametime last year. It will include observing the progress on the Hermione in Rochefort since my last visit. I cannot wait to see how much has been completed since last year. There will be some opportunities to enjoy cycling and walking amongst the Hollyhocks and hopefully some oysters on Aix.
I hope that you follow the trip and enjoy the pictures and posts which will be shared in the normal manner. The hashtags which will be used by all attending the trip will be #inCognac and #ePicCognac for following on twitter.
Saturday 1st September
Arrival at London Bridge Hotel for overnight stay @LondBridgeHotel
Sunday 2nd September
Dinner at Le bistrot du Boucher
Overnight stay at Hotel Mercure**** Poitiers Centre, 14 Rue Edouard Grimaux – 86000 Poitiers. A hotel in a former chapel, opened in June 2012.
Monday 3rd September
am – Departure from Poitiers – Drive from Poitiers to Angoulême followed by a guided tour of Angoulême with Christine Olmer upon arrival.
Lunch in Angoulême
Dinner at Les Jardins des arceaux
Overnight at stay at Moulin Neuf** 34, rue du moulin – 16160 Le Gond Pontouvre, Phone number: +33 5 45 94 50 29
Tuesday 4th September
am – Visit to Comic Strips Museum 1 quai de la Charente – 16000 Angoulême. Phone number : +33 5 17 17 31 00 fpllowed by a drive to Jarnac.
pm – Visit to House of Cognac Courvoisier
2 Place du Château – 16200 Jarnac. Phone number : +33 5 45 35 55 55 This could be a highlight of the trip for me!
Mid-afternoon – arrival in Cognac
Check-in at the hotel Quai des Pontis – 16 Rue des Pontis 16100 Cognac. 05 45 32 47 40
Evening – Aperitif – Cognac cocktails Hotel François 1er – 3 place François 1er – 16100, Cognac.
Dinner – L’atelier des Quais – 2 quai Saint Jacques – 16100 Cognac. Phone number: +33 5 45 36 31 03
Overnight stay at hotel Quai des Pontis.
Wednesday 5th September
am – Departure from Cognac for a meeting with Christine Lacaud in Rochefort for a tour of the town and the Arsenal.
Lunch – Place Colbert
pm – Visit of the Hermione frigate
The Hermione was the vessel on which La Fayette left Rochefort in 1780, to join the American insurgents during the American War of Independence.
Late afternoon – Departure to Fouras to take the short boat tour to Aix island
Check-in at the Hôtel Napoléon – Rue Gourgaud 17123 Île-d’Aix. Phone number : +33 5 46 84 00 77 Bicycles available at the hotel to discover the island – the best way to discover this small island!
Evening – Bicycle tour of the island with a local from Aix.
Dinner and overnight stay at Aix.
Thursday 6th September
am – Catamaran trip in the vicinity of Aix Island followed by some cultural visits to the following museums :
African Museum – a surprising collection of exhibits amassed by Baron Napoleon Gourgaud
Napoleon Museum – A previous residence of the Emperor during his last days in France converted to a museum.
Nacre Museum – the Mother of Pearl House where the islands only craft industry can be viewed.
Late afternoon – Boat to return to the continent followed by a two hour drive from Fouras to Poitiers.
Arrival in Poitiers
Overnight at Grand Hotel**** 28 Rue Sadi Carnot 86000 Poitiers. Phone number: +33 5 49 60 90 60
Friday 7th September
Taxis from your hotel to the train station
am – Depart Poitiers for London St. Pancras via the Eurostar.
I hope you find this itinerary as exciting as I do and follow the trip throughout the week on the #inCognac and #ePicCognac hashtags.