French Ice Cream: cursed by Carte D’Or

The French don’t seem to do ice cream. Or frozen deserts in general. French ice cream is a particularly artificial construction, notable for its weird colouring and unfortunate after taste. The problem appears to be the dominance of Carte D’Or, which not only monopolises the cornet market, but frozen deserts in everyday restaurants. Continue reading

Sleeping Beauty’s Castle

This is Chateau d’Usse near Chinon, the castle that inspired Charles Perrault to pen Sleeping Beauty, way back in the seventeenth century. And to celebrate there’s an appropriate wax work within. Locals reckon Walt Disney not only took inspiration from Perrault’s work, but this castle’s turrets too. Others have more convincing claims. Disney Continue reading