Paul Coehlo writes:
On the meaning of Travel
Travel as a pilgrimage; with the firm intention of being at one with a place, an environment, other people... in order to share. Is this not our main reason for living?
On why small hotels are special
All around the world each Relais & Châteaux property resembles a living museum that its guests visit; an outstanding abode in which all the heritage of its owner and his or her vision of the surrounding region is expressed.
His or her everyday objects, works of art, creativity; cooking, all these things speak of the region and to the soul, and to the spirit.., and of course to the stomach!
"Beauty is the greatest seducer of man'"
On Inn keepers
These innkeepers and chefs themselves exude their environment. Here and nowhere
else, they have found their way, the expression of their life. They personify their surroundings. The immersion is total and unique.
Henceforth, there is no other choice but to place our trust in them; to dare to leave the familiar comfort of our own world to enter theirs; to be curious to encounter their culture, gastronomy and territory. Forget "It's not good to talk to strangers", as our parents would often tell us, we must reach out to them in order to reach within ourselves.
On meeting new people
Through our contact with others, travelling tells us much about ourselves. In our capacity to adapt, to find the balance between our personality and this new environment, we discover ourselves; imdeed, we enrich ourselves.
"When each day is the same as the next, it's because people fail to recognize the good things that happen in their lives"
On Relais & Chateaux
This richness, these pilgrimages to elsewhere, are to places that are just as unique as each and every one of us; Relais & Châteaux has been proposing them for more than 50 years. All you need do is let yourself go and let yourself be guided.