We´re back from the Holiday Break and wishing everyone a great 2013!
This week´s GO article is about the quintessential wine region.
Last november i had a friend visiting from home. We both have one
hundred thing s in common: we´ve always been completely in love with France, specially Paris. So because we know Paris pretty well, we decided to go somewhere new, rent a car and just head out of the city.
Going through my Lonely Planet guide of France, Bourgogne was the closest and most appealing scenery for that month (considering that it was the beginning of winter and nothing was really worth the trip) and off we went!
We drove straight to Dijon (2h30 aprox), the weather was awful (pretty standard), the city was pretty, like a more town-ish and medieval Paris. We stopped here for lunch and headed to the Cote d´Or.
Despite the weather, this wine route was really something: open air, a burgundy and green scenery, a snake-like road. This trip is something you must do with a car.
There are vineyards all along the way, you can park and make a little tour of the place and some wine tasting bien sur.
We stopped and slept at Beaune, in a little “hotel” ran by a super french and nice elderly woman. It was a place i´d definitely recommend to get the feeling of the region. She wakes up early in the morning to buy breakfast, she is hands on!, she was the only face we saw there, we couldn´t believe she was in charge of absolutely everything.
Our last stop our way back to Paris was in Vézelay, a charming little town that looked like a movie set.
The only problem? We were there THE day that everything closed for winter break (2 months), so we bought a panini in the only place that was open, sat in a bench and ate it in the entrance of the town while everyone arriving laughed at us and then did the same thing when they could not find a place to eat and sit.