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November 21, 2017

France: Châteauneuf-en-Auxois

The “new” château at Châteauneuf-en-Auxois

is one of at least 33 communes in France with “Châteauneuf” in the name. The Côte-d’Or version features a turreted castle that overlooks the Autoroute du Soleil or A6. We’ve whizzed through the area many times on the freeway and have seen the château with its ferry tale turrets on the hilltop. On the side of the autoroute a brown tourist sign tells passing motorists that the Château de Châteauneuf is nearby. Through the windshield Châteauneuf, up on the hill in the distance, looked interesting. But passing by at 130 kph it never was convenient to visit. It wasn’t until we traveled through the area by canal that we actually had a chance to explore the town. (more…)


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 5, 2016

France: Hotel Barges

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Amaryllis pushes into the lock.

Amaryllis pushes into the lock.

Hotel barges are a comfortable way to experience France. On board one can cruise through the countryside in the lap of luxury. You can even glide through Burgundy’s vineyards while relaxing in a hot tub. (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 6, 2014

France: The Cistercian Abbey in Pontigny

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The Cistercian Abbey in Pontigny

The Cistercian Abbey in Pontigny

 The historic Cistercian abbey in Pontigny is a short drive from Auxerre in northwestern Burgundy. We visited the abbey on a nice day in November. In these parts, November is definitely not the peak of the tourist season and we pretty much had the place to ourselves.


June 12, 2013

France: Dijon—Marché Couvert


France’s covered markets rank amongst our favorite places.  A covered market (marché couvert in French) is typically a large open building.  Inside fixed stalls line the aisles.  On (more…)

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