Immerse yourself in France on a Viking river cruise

Let me take you on a journey into the historically rich, gastronomic heart of southern France with Viking. So this is the Pont du Gard, a Roman aqueduct dating back to the 1st century AD, and still standing. It was built to provide Nimes, that is further down, with fresh water every day, 2000 years ago – a place that is clearly worth preserving. I would say that since the 1600s, a lot of families have been coming over here to picnic, for Easter, Pentecost. It’s highly traditional, so all the locals have fond memories with this place. The owner of the restaurant is also a winemaker, and he has truffle fields as well – all of the local specialties. Santé – cheers! When you drink wine, it is also about memories from past times. It’s everything in fact, it’s not only the moment, it’s also reminding you of things and it’s a great experience. It’s something natural we have here, it’s nothing different than nature except that here we can find truffles under each of these trees. It’s a symbiotic relationship they have together. This is a Burgundy black truffle, this one is grey, dark and white inside, but it will be much darker in the fall. Perfect, good girl! She will touch the truffle, as soon as she touches it, she stops and waits for me to have a look. If it smells good, if it’s nice and dark inside, she’ll get a reward. The thing thing I love most about my job is that for me, food is the essence of life. It’s not just eating something, it’s creating something. And we get to offer to people that essence and the basics of a life, and they also enjoy it. All these moments make cruising southern France with Viking an unforgettable and enriching experience.

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