Genom Provence i Napoleons fotspår – Gone Camping i södra Frankrike

Good morning
and welcome to Gone Camping, and to the French Riviera,
where we are right now. We’ll head out on some of
Europe’s most stunning roads and try some of its finest wines. Best of all, you’re welcome to join me. After a 1,200-mile drive from Gothenburg, we get to rest at Parc des Maurettes,
situated between Nice and Cannes. The many pine trees
provide shade for the 100 camping lots. But the roads here are narrow, so vehicles longer than eight meters
should go somewhere else. You probably know the Riviera
as a focal point for glitter and glamour. But did you know
that there’s also a lot of exciting history? This could be the spot where Napoleon
came ashore after his exile on Elba. From here,
he journeyed north to reclaim power. He chose an exceptional route. It’s now
one of Europe’s most stunning roads. It’s time to get our camper ready
for an adventure. We leave the campground and head north. This used to be the trail
where Napoleon walked 200 years ago. The road here
is now known as Route Napoléon. If you want to drive
from Cannes to Grenoble, it’s a two-day drive at a pleasant pace. I turn off before that
to experience Gorges du Verdon, which is like the French Grand Canyon. The Verdon River
has eroded its way through the rocks, and the minerals it carries give the water
a wonderful greenish-blue color. The roads are magical
and I catch myself cursing with delight. We’re heading to Lake of Sainte-Croix,
where the river ends. It’s hard to find water
more inviting than this. An hour to the east, we enter what
may be the best-smelling part of France. In early summer, this place
should make your senses go wild. There are lavender fields
as far as the eye can see. The purple flowers provide a beautiful
contrast to the orange-reddish soil. The air is filled with a seductive scent. This is how Mother Nature must smell
fresh out of the shower. Lavender has been an important source
of income for families here for centuries. At the Les Agnels farm,
Joseph is a fifth-generation grower. Lavender is usually harvested in mid-July. In the past, this was done by hand. The Agnel family started distilling in 1895. It’s a very, very old story. Now, the fifth generation is working.
It’s a very old story. The harvest is taken to the distillery. It’s placed in a large vat
and hot water is added. The bush releases its wonderful aromas, which rise with the steam,
are cooled and separated. You get an aerosol called lavender water and also concentrated lavender oil. I think if you come and smell lavender,
you will stay. We can make a lot of things with lavender. We make a lot of medical things. People with lavender are never sad. Yes, I think I have the best job in the world. A well-smelling film crew
gets in the camper and continues west. After an hour, we reach the city of Avignon
on the eastern bank of the river Rhône. The city is well-preserved
and offers beautiful postcard views. In Avignon,
you actually find a Papal palace. In the 14th century,
the Papacy had a falling-out with Rome and chose to relocate to Avignon. It took 70 years
before the Papacy returned to the Vatican. But before that,
one Pope built a summer residence in a quaint village just north of Avignon. From here, you had an expansive view
of the surrounding area. It’s now 700 years
and two world wars later, and what’s left is in ruins. But the building is still called
“The Pope’s new palace”, or Châteauneuf-du-Pape. Doesn’t that sound familiar? Over 300 growers produce over 14 million
bottles of Châteauneuf-du-Pape every year. To learn more about
some of my favorite wines, I’ve booked a tour with what may be
the area’s foremost producer. Famille Perrin operates
out of Château de Beaucastel. One of the rules for wine growers here
is that grapes must be harvested by hand. When you see what the ground looks like,
you understand why. On the surface, you’ve got
what we call the famous “galets roulés”, which means “rolled pebbles”. Basically, these stones are alpine diluvium
from when the glaciers melted. If you feel them, you see how
they take in the heat during the day and give it back at night. This must be a tough life, being a vine. You know, the best grapes come
from vines that have had to suffer. In here, these are the “fûts”,
so this is the aging part. All the varieties,
all the reds age in these big oak barrels. The character of Beaucastel
changes over the years. A young Beaucastel
has nothing to do with an old one. That’s the beauty of Beaucastel. So now we’ll try the Beaucastel red. This is fantastic. I’ve never had it. I’ve heard some really good things about it.
Let’s see if it’s true. This is the current vintage
at the moment, 2013. It’s lighter than I thought. It’s a wide palate, but it’s not as heavy, ba-boom… Considering how young it is… It’s true that when they’re young,
sometimes they can be very powerful. -With the tannins and everything…
-The tannins are very strong and tight. Lots of everything, lots of alcohol,
lots of fruit, lots of tannin… -Loud.
-Yeah. Of course, all the “galets”, the limestone… And not even just the “terroir”,
what’s growing around it… So it’s…
You often describe a wine as “garrigue”. Garrigue is the French countryside,
the smells that you can pick up today of pine and rosemary and wild thyme and
other things you can pick up in the wine. That’s what it’s…
Everything, the environment. What I like about wines
from Châteauneuf-du-Pape is the wonderful combination
of stature and finesse. Fortunately,
the camper has lots of cargo space. In the afternoon, we check in
at Camping du Pont d’Avignon, beautifully situated
on a small island in the river Rhône. It only a stone’s throw
from the sights of Avignon, and it’s lush and cool here
when the sun is blazing. Huge trees provide shade
during the warm parts of the year, and if that’s not enough,
you can cool off in the large pool. There are 275 lots for campers
and about ten tenting sites. Tonight we’re getting goat cheese frittata
with grilled peppers. It’s something I really like, and it goes well
with a glass of chilled rosé wine. The Perrin family makes rosé, as well as
the red and white wines we sampled earlier. We start by making a nice omelet batter. I whip together egg, cream, parsley, some
salt and a few cranks of the pepper mill. Easy as that. Time for the onion. It goes in a frying pan and then on the grill. While the red onion is getting tasty,
I’ll also have a taste. A glass of chilled rosé wine. That’s nice. This is getting soft now. Time to add the omelet batter. I’ll let it set for 2-3 minutes
before adding the goat cheese. There’s still some room in the middle. There we go.
If you were here now, I could offer you some goat cheese frittata
with grilled peppers. That’s it from us in Provence. I hope to see you again on this channel
or out on the roads. Find the recipe at: We visited
the lavender distillery Les Agnels. And the winemakers Famille Perrin. While in Provence, we stayed at Parc des
Maurettes and Camping du Pont d’Avignon.

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