Beaune is the epicenter of what is arguably, the most prestigious wine region in the world. There is hardly a person in this town who does not directly or indirectly profit from the wine industry that is Burgundy. The place positively oozes with wine. It is the reason that one comes here!Oui!!The sumptuous wines, the rich Burgundian cusine and the promise of a bike ride through beautiful villages and vineyards bearing the most prestigious names and appelations in the world. It is enough to make a sommelier drool.La Voie Des Vignes (The Vineyard Trail) is literally on the edge of [...]
Sat, Sep 17, 2011, Continue reading at the source
Postcards From AnnecyThe old town of Annecy France is yet another of those almost too-cute Alpine resort towns that they do so well in these parts. Situated at the mouth of tres-beautiful Lac Annecy, the lake flows lazily through town via a series of manmade canals. The old mediaeval buildings seem to “grow” right out of the waters edge. Narrow walkways skirt and petite stone bridges cross the canal leading you from one sweet little canal-side café or restaurant to the next. To say that it is picturesque is a cliche.Yes, we came here for the “cute”, but mostly for [...]
Tue, Sep 13, 2011, Continue reading at the source
Mini blog here. Just arrived by train in Beaune, France, epicenter, so to speak of the wine scene in Burgundy. 20 minutes in, we're already off to a little sidewalk cafe and a 6 page wine menu, whoa, you gotta be kiddin' me! Too much, overload, think I'll just have a nice bottle of a Macon blanc(unoaked Chardonnay) Yummy but, wow, at 13.5% and on a relatively empty stomach, I sure feel that!Back to the Auberge du Burguignonne for a bit of a lie down.The Auberge, a restaurant with some nice rooms upstairs, had looked promising as this evenings destination, [...]
Wed, Sep 07, 2011, Continue reading at the source
Our last time in Switzerland was 09 September 2001. I will not, however, recount the details of that experience, other than to say that the Swiss were truly empathetic and supportive of us during those trying times.This is a small and curious little country with four distinct regions, each speaking a different first language. French, German, Italian and Romansch, an odd “mouthful of marbles” sing-song dialect unique to the eastern mountians.However, the country as a whole has a number of unifying qualities. It is all unbelievably beautiful. The people are always friendly and welcoming. But, for all this beauty and [...]
Mon, Sep 05, 2011, Continue reading at the source
Now I've always considered myself to be a fairly intelligent kind of fellow, but I'm here to tell you, France can grind you into a stupid state of humility before you know that it's happened.Yes, yes, I know I don't speak the language all that well and yes that frequently bites me in the ass, but, it's more than just that. It's cultural but more. It's like there's the understanding of ways and things that I've developed over a lifetime and then there's the French way.Everything will seem very similar at first, but, upon closer experience- it's always, always somehow [...]
Wed, Dec 29, 2010, Continue reading at the source
Nice, self appointed queen of the Riviera, a belle epoch beauty, part late 19th century Brit and part 20th century resort.But Why? Why does it draw Sandy and I back time and time again? What's so special about Nice? After all, when we first arrived in Nice back in '98 as a part of one of those whirlwind tours of France we were known to do back then, we both looked at each other and said it's ok but what's the big deal?Then came a second visit, a second chance for Nice as it were, and we hit upon "old [...]
Sat, Aug 21, 2010, Continue reading at the source
You may be asking yourself, why in the heck is Kevin writing a post on bread.Well, you see, when you practice what I call "immersion travel" you begin to pick-up on so many of the little details of daily life that create the "fabric" of that local life.In France, and perhaps nowhere more than here in the South, a baguette is just such a detail. For someone from the States who has not experienced French life firsthand, it is difficult to imagine that something as simple as bread could play such an important role in their daily life.What an understatement! [...]
Tue, Aug 03, 2010, Continue reading at the source
Last night I went to my first French wedding. We were honored by the bride and groom with a seat the at their table. I was seated across from the evening's entertainment, an Elvis impersonator. He was here because our hosts and many of their friends are huge Elvis fans. Luckily for me he spoke very good English. He explained that it was important for him to be able to speak English because he wanted to understand what he was singing. I have never been a big Elvis fan. I guess because he seemed like an old man to me [...]
Mon, Jun 28, 2010, Continue reading at the source
This city strikes you right on the spot. And your life will never be the same. You are not opening your guidebook but exploring great places on your own. You are not feeling like a tourist but rediscovering your own life. You are not looking for inspiration, it finds you in the middle of the conversation with the Sea.You are not waiting for adventures to happen, you find that smile on your face.You are not thinking of the things you like, you are surrounded by them.You meet great people. [...]
Tue, Sep 02, 2008, Continue reading at the source