Under 4000 people commune in Loire Atlantique,  western France. Yes, it’s small. It’s like walking in real life Beauty and the Beast though. All that classic old French town springs to life. This is a quiet town. Nothing is jumping out, but it is just so pleasant to stroll around. Fantastic escape from city life!

Contemporary French cuisine experience in the middle of nowhere. Do you know where Saint Alban de Roche is? (I did not)

Anyways, chef Romain Hubert is simply brilliant. The dishes are imaginative and a tickle to all the senses – sight, aroma and taste. His artistic flare with flavours and complex cooking method really does pay off. Think foam and paper thin aubergine… His restaurant serves upon appointment only. Just himself and a waitron. More chic and less pompous than the usual French gourmet restaurant.