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March 18, 2017

France: Côte d’Or

The commune of Vosne-Romanée

Burgundy’s most famous and most expensive wines originate in the Côte d’Or appellation, a band of vineyards extending from the southern outskirts of Dijon to Santenay. On the east side of this limestone escarpment the vineyards spill down the hillside onto the valley floor. A designated 60-kilometer long road route through the vineyards, the Route des Grands Crus, takes oenophiles (more…)

February 17, 2016

France: Châlons-en-Champagne

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Inside Cathédrale Saint-Étienne de Châlons

Inside Cathédrale Saint-Étienne de Châlons

Châlons has interesting history, attractive historic buildings, and good food. One of its churches, Notre-Dame-en-Vaux, is included on the UNESCO “Chemins de Saint-Jacques-de-Compostelle en France” World Heritage listing. The French Ministry of Culture and Communication has designated Châlons-en-Champagne as a “Villes et Pays d’Art et d’Histoire (“Towns and Lands of Art and History”). (more…)

February 16, 2015

France: Reims

Looking up inside one of towers at Reim's cathedral.

Looking up inside one of towers at Reim’s cathedral.

Eighty miles east-northeast of Paris is the historic city of Reims. Founded before the birth of Christ by the Gauls, Reims later became an important city in the Roman Empire. After the fall of the Roman Empire, Reims rose as a religious center. It’s famous cathedral was the traditional site of the crowning of the kings of France, playing the same role in France as Westminster Abbey does in the United Kingdom. (more…)

December 7, 2014

France: Bailly-Lapierre

Dégustation at Bailly-Lapierre

Dégustation at Bailly-Lapierre

 Not far from Auxerre France, alongside the River Yonne, is a cave that houses Bailly-Lapierre, a large cooperative producer of Crémant de Bourgogne. Crémant de Bourgogne is Burgundy’s sparkling wine, a competitor to nearby Champagne’s bubbles.


December 23, 2012

Portugal: Alto Douro

Heading to the Douro River

Heading to the Douro River

Where do the grapes come from?


December 19, 2012

Portugal: Porto

A tram rolls through Porto's streets

A tram rolls through Porto’s streets

Twenty years ago during a particularly pleasant work related boondoggle I visited Porto Portugal for the first time.  Though I include the stop on my travel resume, the visit was (more…)

November 15, 2012

France: Medoc and St. Emilion

Château Pichon Longueville Baron in Pauillac (HDR)

Though we frequently make threats, we don’t often get the chance to return to places we’ve visited.  On this visit to Europe we lived up to our promises and revisited a couple of places that we’ve been to recently.  We returned to Bordeaux and its surrounding wine country.


France: Tain L’Hermitage and Vienne

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The vineyards of Hermitage

A careful reader might notice that we have a tendency to travel to wine producing regions.  It hasn’t been a conscious plan.  But yes, in retrospect, the labels on the front of more than (more…)

May 11, 2012

France: Colmar and Alsatian Wine Country

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Kaysersberg and its vineyards

A long drive from Le Puy-en-Velay put us in Colmar just after the sun set.  Colmar is located in France’s Alsace region.  Not far away, about ten miles as a crow flies, is the Rhine River and the border with (more…)

March 1, 2011

France: Beaune

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Room of the Poors inside Hospices de Beaune

Leaving Chamonix and the French Alps there was time for just one more stop before our two-month long road trip finished full circle at Charles de Gaulle Airport.  Google maps (more…)

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