It is already a while ago, but never forgetting the good old days is sort of a lifestyle. In the following paragraphs you can read some info about legendary Absinthe Road Trips we made during the last couple of years. Enjoy reading!
Your ALANDIA Team
We write the year 2006…
Much has happened in the Suisse Absinthe region Val-de-Travers, so it was obligatory for us to visit the Absinthe festival in Boveresse! Our journey started from our headquarter in Cologne on 16.06.2006. The festival was on the next day, on 17.06.2006, so we planned to stop by in Pontarlier. This year we wanted to find some evidence of old distillieries like the Edouard Pernod, Legler and Parrot Fils distillery. We already did this in 2004, but this year a friend of us gave us an old map of former Pontarlier, which indicated the former location of the Absinthe distilleries.
On the next day Boveresse was on the schedule. We met there with Claude Alain Bugnon, the Absintheurs from LDF, Oxygenée and Ted Breaux. It was a cool trip and although the festival is not that big, one can have a lot of fun when he meets the right people (It´s greeeen…!). But before we start with the Absinthe experiences, lets give you a short briefing of our experiences.
9.00 am Cologne: Coffee is drank, bags are packed and we are ready to hit the road. But where the hack is our car…! Not there…! The most probable scenarios come into our minds: 1. Were we drunk last night…? A: No – 2. Is it stolen…? A: I hope not – 3. Is it towed away…? A: Well, better than option two. And after a quick phone call with the police it is clear that the friendly guys from the wrecking service took care of our car, fortunately…
10.30 am Cologne: After handing out some Benjamins to the wrecking company, our car belongs once again to us! So start the engines gentleman, we are ready for our 7 hour drive to Boveresse!
18.30 pm Pontarlier: We are finally there. After having a Préssion at the local bar we are starting our Absinthe investigations. Finding the old places of the distilleries is quite difficult, as most of the streets have new names and an urbanization took place in Pontarlier. But at least we finally found the Parrot Fils building. The Edouard Pernod distillery is destroyed and only the Junod, Deniset and Pernod Fils distillery can still be found. Although only very little indicates what happened in these buildings.
21.30 Les Verriéres: After meeting the rest of our crew we headed to Les Verriéres where we stayed for the next two nights. A nice Suisse fondue was eaten and the end of the days was celebrated with a flamed Absinthe Mocca ice.
The next day Boveresse was on the agenda, here are the pics of our Road Trip!
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