Saturday, April 05, 2014

COGNAC


Cognac the town, where Cognac the spirit is produced. The most famous Brandy in the world. 12 kilometers from our house in Jarnac and I have never really blogged about it. 
It's our go to place for a quick meal out, bigger selection of cuisines, from Michelin to Kebab and more of an ethnic variety.

If you like the feeling of old french towns, this is one place that will make you very happy. Located on the river Charente, the town has a very pedestrian friendly center with all the sights, smells and attractions we love so much about being here. Plenty of shops and of course all the Cognac producers you can visit. 

Visit Wikipedia if you want more details, below are some pictures to entice you for a visit. or of course the local tourist office site:


http://tourism-cognac.com/en


CATHEDRAL



THE VERY NICE FRESH FOOD MARKET


LIKE ESCARGOTS?


VINTAGE HAIR CUT


LOTS OF CHOICES FOR COGNAC TOURS

OLD STORE FRONT

AND BUILDINGS TO MATCH

NIHAO CHINA



MANY COOL SHOPS



AND MARKETS

THE ARTS

MORE ARCHITECTURE



A GREAT PEDESTRIAN ZONE



PLACE FRANCOIS Ier


A BRASSERIE

A MUST VISIT WHEN IN COGANC



THE LEFT BOTTLE IS FROM 1840.....

GREAT SPOT FOR PEOPLE WATCHING




A DUTCH ROCK GROUP COMING TO TOWN

THE VERY PICTURESQUE CITY HALL SETTING


FRENCH VERSION OF A DIVE BAR?




ONE OF MANY WAREHOUSES FULL OF COGNAC

HENNESSY ON THE RIVER

OLD CAR REPAIR SHOP

HOW THEY TRANSPORTED THE COGNAC CENTURIES AGO

 HOUSE BOATS

AN INDEPENDENT PRODUCER 

NICE PROPERTY OF THEIRS


THE TASTING ROOM

A GREAT PRICE IF YOU ASK ME

MARTELL, THE OLDEST COGNAC HOUSE

I AM SURE THEY'LL THROW A BIG PARTY NEXT YEAR

NOW OWNED BY RICARD

NICE EATERY


THE BOTTLES

THE NEW HOSPITAL, SPECIALIZING IN LIVER DISEASE?

15 comments:

melinda said...

it looks much larger than I had pictured......some really pretty areas too..thx for posting pics...my daughter & son in law live down in Bayonne and they are enjoying exploring the area....they can easily whip over to Spain for the day or go to the beach which is 10 min. away

Nadege said...

I had never wondered what the city of Cognac looked like. Is it me or do the buildings need some cleaning?
It is interesting the variance in stone colors from different regions. I like the warmth of the stones in Dordogne and southern departments. Interesting photos none the less.

H.Peter said...


Hi Melinda,

Bayonne is a great base point to live indeed. San Sebastian is what, 45 minutes? One of my favorite places to eat.

H.Peter said...


Bon Jour Nadege,

I intentionally put up the warehouse pictures, but should have explained that the black stuff is not dirt but "Les parts des Anges", evaporated Cognac that turns the buildings black....and the locals take big pride in that.

Nadege said...

Thank you for the explanation! I was wondering if it was negligence, laziness or lack of pride.

Emm said...

I remember hearing, as a child, a story about how my grandmother had made some kind of dessert using "that old dirty bottle" she found in the pantry. My grandfather's Napoleon brandy. So it has multiple uses apparently.

Sheila said...

What a wonderful tour, thoroughly
enjoyed every photo!

keenast said...

Great tour - thank you so much! It's so nice to follow around especially if one has never been there. What's next.....and....did you buy the très vieux Cognac, things like that need to be shared ;)

H.Peter said...



Good morning Karl,

I did not buy the Tres Vieux Cognac, still prefer the Pineau for now.
V is close to your area as I type to arrange some final details that DHS wants to see before they decide.....

H.Peter said...


You are welcome Sheila.

H.Peter said...



That would have been a nice bottle Emmmm, Napoleon, maybe Courvoisier. They us his portrait to remind everyone that theirs was his favorite Brandy.

Jennifer F said...

Thanks for the tour of Cognac. The town does seem much bigger than I imagined. I look forward to visiting soon - would be a great day trip from Bordeaux. More excited to go now- after viewing your photos!! The River Cruise company that I'm working for does a great trip to Camus where the passengers get to mix their own cognac!! I think I might want to be a passenger soon!! HAve a great rest of the weekend.

H.Peter said...

Hi Jennifer,

you should take advantage of that job and go to CAMUS every time!

RETA said...

Lovely blogspot! Thank you for sharing so much with us!

RETA@ http://evenhaazer.blogspot.com

H.Peter said...

You are welcome