Cognac: the drink and the town

Trip Start May 04, 2006
Trip End May 22, 2006

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Tuesday, May 9, 2006

My first day away from Paris was a day trip to Congac where I visited the Otare cognac distillery, which is housed in an 16th century palace built by king Francis the 1st - bad ass

Kathryn's Boyfriend Scott just started his job there as a tour guide for English speakers. Kathryn and I went "undercover" ( as in pretended we didn't know Scott so we could shower him with compliments and excessive tips and hope that fellow tourists would follow suit). The walls of the palace all smell of cognac, which is quite pleasant actually. Scott's peasant garb was a highlight of our little excursion, as was the $150 Cognac we all got to sample at the end of the tour. Unfortunately, after enjoying this subtle delicacy, one of Scotts co-workers, a cool chick from Denmark, shoved these Haribo candies in our mouths that she said she just loved and can't get them anywhere else. The were little DOT-shaped licorice flavored morsels, which in general I find disgusting, but to top it off these little guys were covered in salt and this fishy flavor. I mean, we're talking Willa Wonka gone horrifically wrong here. After the three of us politely smiled and thanked her for the nice gesture, we turned and walked (at a speedy pace) around the corner and spit them out on the ancient palace steps. Note: If ever in Denmark, NO CANDY.
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