Burgundy Day 9 – not even France

So, onward and eastward. Spend a night in Geneva to catch an early flight to Zurich to connect with our flight home. If you caught my post on the road, I didn’t love Geneva. In retrospect, I still don’t. Although i can imagine it’s reasonably charming and picturesque. But it is smoky. I’ve never been…

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Burgundy Day 7 – goodbye Burgundy

…hello, Lyon Thursday already. Time to head off from Beaune for Lyon. We drove off, taking a scenic route southwest from Beaune through the wine villages we had biked previously. Then further on the road along the old canals, we stopped at a little bakery where we picked up two tasty little pastries which we…

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Burgundy Day 6 – south of Beaune

Our last day of sightseeing in the Beaune area. Initially we had thought to go biking a second day, but G had picked up a pretty nasty scrape to her ankle from the pedal on our previous jaunt. So, we walked around town and saw the cathedral. Headed back to Hotel La Villa Fleurie, got…

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Burgundy Day 5 – Comtoir de Tonton

The gallery starts with a couple shots as we’re walking to the town center in search of a glass of wine before dinner. Another fine meal in Beaune. Tonight was at the Comtoir de TonTon, two or three doors down from Caves Madeleine. Food was really good, the room is a little quieter and much…

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Burgundy Day 5 – northwest of Beaune

It may not look that far on a map, but the drive from Beaune to the beautiful hilltop town of Vezelay (launching point of two, Count ’em, two Crusades) is more than an hour away using the super highway toward Paris. We ran through patches of dense fog while still maintaining good visibility and virtually…

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Burgundy Day 4 – Caves Madeleine redux

So after a great day of riding bicycles around the gorgeous CĂ´tes de Beaune countryside. We dropped off the bikes at Florent’s and headed home for a shower before walking to dinner. The central part of Beaune is so walkable, there’s no reason to drive. We had heard of a wine bar called Bistrot Bougignon…

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Burgundy Day 4 – Cycling south of Beaune

Day 4. Monday morning. Time to get out and smell the countryside. After yet another cafe with disappointingly bad morning espresso, we headed over to Bourgogne Randonees to rent a pair of bikes for the day. Our intention was to ride south and see the countryside from the vineyards and swing through the towns. Our…

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Burgundy Day 3 – dinner in Beaune

After returning from a lovely day in Dijon, we parked the car at the hotel and walked off in search of dinner. We had initially thought we’d try a restaurant/wine bar inside the city walls, but they were closed. We’d read of a couple other good places just outside the wall, but they were both…

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Burgundy Day 3 – Dijon and getting there

After our fun day around Beaune on Saturday, we opted to travel up to the bigger city of Dijon (pop. ~250,000) for Sunday. We had read that a lot of things were closed on Sundays in Burgundy, as well as much of rural France, so we thought driving up to the bigger city of Dijon…

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Burgundy Day 2 – Dinner at Caves Madeleine

We’d tried to pop in here for dinner our first night just because it was in an area convenient to our hotel. But, at around 9:45 at night, it was late for this little restaurant. The following day (Saturday), we cruised around town to see the market and the Hospice and stopped in during the…

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