One of the finest ways to explore all things French is on the waterways, on one of the many stunning barge trips. In France, of course, perhaps the thing to check out first is the pastry and desserts that Britain’s neighbour is so famous for. Choosing barge trips in France as a way to explore this wonderful place will not disappoint, and below are some of the must-try pastry specialities you are sure to be sampling along your way. |
Originating in the north of the country, these are similar to croissants but sweeter and crunchier. It’s a really unusual but completely out-of-this-world treat and rarely divides audiences!
The not so humble macaron is a French staple, and barge trips in France are likely to lead you to trying a few, either on board or in a local cafe. The delicacies originally came from Italy, but have been made in France for centuries, which is why they are so commonly associated with the country. Try them at different bakeries along the route and pick a favourite.
This is one of the most captivating taste explosions you’ll probably ever try. The Paris-Brest, originally made to celebrate the cycling race between the two cities, has got a spectacular praline flavour that will leave you speechless.
These éclairs are not like the ones you’ll get at home from the supermarket. Traditional French éclairs use delectably flavoured crème pâtissière and take the taste to a completely different level. They might not seem as exciting as some other things you’ll find in the bakeries of this European food haven, but, when done right, they excel!
This delight comes originally from Bordeaux and will have your tastebuds singing. It has a thick outer crust which gives way to a buttery soft centre that’s flavoured with vanilla. One of these makes the perfect after dinner treat.
Where would mornings be without the croissant? No visit to this country would be complete without a lovely buttery croissant to start the day, and even though these pastries are not as sweet as the rest of the offerings on this list, the croissant deserves a mention for its quintessential French-ness.
Savour the Moments
The country has so many great pastries that this list hasn’t the scope to cover them all! Barge trips in France are a great way to visit out of the way towns and cities that you might not have got to otherwise, and as such, are a great way for foodies to seek out the most delectable offerings.
Perhaps the best way to get the most out of your experience on the waterways is to book with a reputable tour company specialising in barge trips in France. Having a crew onboard so knowledgeable about the country will surely help any quest for the perfect croissant!
Paul Newman is the Marketing and E-Systems Executive for European Waterways, the UK's most respected provider of all-inclusive, luxury barge trips in France. Part of a team of experienced barging aficionados, Paul is first in line to endorse the perks of a slow-paced barge cruise to anyone looking for a unique holiday experience.
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