Posted April 12, 2010 by Jaclyn Liechti
With an enviable location in the south of France, Montelimar
offers visitors a charming escape from everyday life. Feast your eyes on the
12th century residential palace; take in the scents of thyme, rosemary, and
lavender at the Garden of Fragrances; or listen to the chatter of locals during
the Saturday market at Church Square. And you can’t leave the area before
giving your taste buds a treat by sampling some Montelimar nougat, the region’s
Arnaud Soubeyran Nougat Factory & Museum: Montelimar was the first to replace the walnuts in nougat with almonds, and there’s no better place to sample the sweet treat than the Arnaud Soubeyran Nougat Factory & Museum, which is the oldest factory in the area. First, learn about the process and the ingredients at the museum, then head to the kitchen to watch nougat being made. Individual tours and tastings are free, but you don’t have to leave empty-handed. You can purchase your favorite varieties, plus chocolate-covered fruit, pralines, and more at the museum store.
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