Hello friends! Long time, no talk..how have you been? Apologies for the extended absence! I don’t even have a great excuse. It’s been a hectic few months, and when things get hectic..the blog seems to get neglected. My bad.
What have we been up to, you ask? For one, we just got back from France! Since last year’s trip, my infatuation with Paris has only magnified. So we headed across the pond yet again to spend some time in my favorite city! While we were there, we decided to head out of the city for the weekend and experience some of France’s magnificent countryside!
So we rented a car, and headed to the region that churns out some of the world’s best wine. Burgundy, or Bourgogne as the locals call it, is located a couple hours south east of Paris and was delightful beyond words!
Picture an endless sea of rolling French vineyards punctuated with the most charming, picturesque villages you could ever imagine. We stopped in the town of Chablis (above) above for lunch. You may have heard of the town’s namesake wine, which is often used for wines produced outside of the region, even outside of France! And if you’ve tried these imposter wines, there’s a chance you’re not a huge fan of Chablis.
By no means am I a sommelier, nor will I attempt to give any sort of technical description of the flavors outside of telling you that the wine we had in Chablis was darn good. I mean, can you imagine that anything produced here tastes bad?!
No. No it does not. Especially since there seem to be a million wine producers (or domaines) in this little town. I can’t imagine you’d stay in business with a crappy product. Now that I’ve given you my two cents on the Burgundian wine industry, I suppose we can move on.
I find it kind of tough to take a decent picture out of a moving vehicle, so I don’t have many of the drive, but I did manage to get one of some grazing cows! Is it me or do even the animals look happier here? I suppose since these are French cows, they too subscribe to the notion of ‘joie de vivre’.
And just when I thought Burgundy couldn’t get any more charming, we stopped at Semur-En-Auxois. I know this is a strong statement, but it’s the prettiest place I’ve ever been.
If it wasn’t for the occasional car, we would’ve thought we stepped back in time. This place was seriously breathtaking! Cobblestones, old shutters with chipping paint.. you know,the stuff dreams are made of. My dreams, at least.
Obviously we had to stop for a glass of wine at a cafe on this charming cobblestone terrace. Because when in Burgundy..
I know what you’re thinking – is this where Chocolat was filmed? No, that’s a couple of villages away. Is this what Belle’s village is based on in Beauty and the Beast? Perhaps. But I didn’t see any locals burst out of the windows into a spontaneous song about a strange girl that likes to read. Bummer.
But I did see a cat sitting in a window with the most delightful chippy paint shutters.
I could have stayed in this little town forever. In fact, I declared I was moving here several times as we were strolled around. I know that this is unrealistic given my French skills, or lack thereof..but one can dream! But rest assured, I will be back..Semur-en-Auxois!
After leaving Semur-En-Auxois, we spent the night in Dijon. I don’t have a ton of photos because it was dark when we arrived and I take terrible nighttime photos. Dijon has a largely pedestrian town center, which was lovely. The part we stayed in seemed somewhat sketchy, so we took of for Beaune the following day and loved it! If I had a do-over, I’d totally stay in Beaune. I had mistakenly assumed that Dijon (being the larger city) would have more to do on a Sunday. Evidently, since Beaune relies heavily on tourism, there is quite a bit open on Sunday (which is not the norm in France). We even came across a carnival! Oh, and lots of places to stop for a glass of wine. Again, when in Burgundy..
Well, I hope you’ve enjoyed hearing about our weekend getaway in France! I’ll be sure to share some photos from our time in Paris soon! I swear, this doesn’t mean three weeks .. 🙂
Ever had the pleasure of exploring the French countryside? I’d love to hear about it!