Jeanne du Sartel is a talented French woman. Journalist and founder of the podcast Brillantes, she interviews women who move the lines in Switzerland and France. Her guests are sparkling, powerful and inspiring – just like Jeanne. We have asked Jeanne for her best travel tips between Switzerland and France (and beyond).
Introduce yourself in a few words
My name is Jeanne, I am from Paris, and I have been living in Zürich for almost 3 years.
I am a journalist by training, and I have always loved to listen, understand and tell the stories of those around me. Passionate about podcasts, addicted to radio and deeply convinced that women should be given more voice in the media, I decided to create Brillantes. In this podcast, I give a voice to sparkling, powerful, talented women with atypical backgrounds and inspiring projects. My aim is to understand what drives them and encourage my listeners to think outside the box, cross their boundaries and develop their own brilliant projects.
Which is your favourite country for a holiday and why?
France! Living abroad, I confess that I love to come back home during the holidays… and spend a lot of time in our family home in Brittany. The perfect place to enjoy our good friends and family!
What’s your best hotel tip? The kind that you’d keep for yourself…
ROSENLAUI Hotel in the Bernese Oberland: a unique location in the middle of the Swiss Alps.
A family-friendly hotel, full of charm and history, in which mobile phones and computers are forbidden. The ideal place to recharge your batteries between mountain walks, reading by the fireplace and board games.
The most beautiful trip you have done?
I would like to talk about my experiences in Spain and Denmark, where I lived as a little girl and as a student… Two beautiful countries with very strong cultures and identities.
But if I have to talk about a trip in the true sense of the word, I would mention Vietnam, where I travelled for more than a month with my twin sister, in 2015. I loved taking the time to discover this beautiful country, its culture, history and gastronomy, without being in a hurry. What a luxury! And that is where I met the man who was to become my husband…
With the pandemic crisis, what do you think of the future of travel?
Over the last few years, I have been several times disappointed and even shocked by the effects of mass tourism, particularly in Asia but also in Europe. The vision of travel as a “must have”, the will to make your list of visited countries grow at every moment, even if it means spending only a few hours there, goes against my ideal of travel. For my part, I like to take the time to understand the regions and countries I discover, to immerse myself in the local culture. Very conscious of the ecological impact of travel, I have been limiting my air travel for several years now.
I think that this epidemic will at least have a positive effect, that of generalising this more responsible and ecological conception of travel. We are learning to travel closer to home. We visit our own country or travel to neighbouring countries, we rediscover the pleasures of the train and even night trains whose lines are reopening. Long and far-away travels will become a luxury, a the trip we plan once a year maybe. And I think the planet will thank us!
What’s your dream hotel?
With my husband, we come back to Paris very regularly to see my family and friends. And we often take the opportunity to discover a new charming hotel… I love the idea of going to a hotel in the city we know by heart. But I dream of one day spending a night in a great Parisian palace, especially LE MEURICE, where my grandparents spent their wedding night.
Your favourite restaurant?
This is a difficult question. But it comes to mind this little Japanese restaurant where we like to go regularly with my family: ISAMI, on the Ile Saint-Louis, in Paris. A real sushi restaurant, where the fresh fish is cut right in front of us. The atmosphere is very intimate, the price very affordable and view on the Seine is magnificent.
Your current favourite recipe?
I’m sticking to Japanese food… A Japanese noodle soup, with soba paste. You can be creative with everything you put in it: vegetables, tofu, ginger, sesame, salmon, eggs… It’s healthy, simple and comforting!
Any exciting project for 2021?
A baby for the month of March!