Your faithful guest blogger is back from Copenhagen – notes and photos on that later!
I’d like to share one of my favourite trips outside of Switzerland – biking in Burgundy, France (I thought I’d clarify in case you were thinking the post was about cycling in a maroon shirt…).
In essence, going on this trip feels like you are in a French film – you wind your way through French vineyards, glide through old French wine-making villages, take in the breathtaking scenery, even stopping to sample a grape now and then.
I was with a group, and we stayed in Beaune, France, and for the cycling aspect we used Burgundy Evasion Bike Tours, which I highly recommend. Florian, who runs the tiny company, is an excellent guide. He speaks both French and English.
Here are some photos from the bike rides:
As for Beaune, to me it feels like the quintessential French village – cobblestone streets, lots of wineries for tasting, a wonderful Saturday market (you might recall my love of markets!), little winding streets, and lots of “terrasses” (patios) on which you might enjoy a glass of local burgundy wine.
Off to a wine-tasting!Guess which bottle is the normal wine bottle size??? Yup, the one on the left. The one on the right would require a serious celebration!
The streets of Beaune.Market produce. What can I say, the French know how to display their veggies.
Of course my blog posting wouldn’t be complete without a mention (at least one…) of food – one of my favourite French treats is called a “macaron” (macaroon). This one café (sorry, the name escapes me) offers a large selection of flavours, and you can have it elegantly with tea, as I did below. (Perhaps mine was less elegant because I drooled so much in anticipation!)
In Beaune there is a very old hospice (no longer being used as one) which you can tour – I also would recommend this!
If you are looking for a trip to France, I would suggest you give Beaune a try…because how can you not follow the sign below??