This post should probably be titled, “Photo Album” Friday, but it was difficult to find just one or two images that captured what we experienced this summer in Burgundy. By French standards, our trip “up north” was not a typical summer vacation (as more than few people were quite eager to point out…pfff), as the French traditionally head to the beach during the summer months.
As much as I love living in the South (a bit obvious, n’est-ce pas?), it’s downright crowded in the summer and some seaside towns see their population nearly double. This was the second time we decided to head north, and summer travel to other regions of France has its good & bad points.
One of the obvious benefits is the smaller number of tourists… shorter lines, more room to move about in those quaint villages, and it’s much easier to reserve at your desired French resto. On the other hand, fewer tourists means that a lot of French folks have decided to leave town as well (see: beach-bound) and you’ll find that some shops & restaurants are closed.
Before heading further north to spend some quality time with “the fam”, we visited Dijon, Beaune, and Nuits-Saint-Georges. It was a great trip to get an overview of Burgundy but an extended-stay, touring the villages by car, would be an ideal way to see the region.
A trip to Burgundy is assuredly very slow-paced: wine-tasting, eating, strolling/shopping, and eating some more. And please don’t skip the region for fear of breaking the bank… we stayed in a wallet-friendly hotel and then took a local shuttle through the Côte-d’Or villages for €1.50. Leaving many extra euros for the important stuff, like extra helpings of bouef bourgogne and those terribly wicked frites cooked in duck fat. Budget-friendly, yes… waistline-friendly, non…
bon weekend à tous !
Dijon & Beaune
Hospices de Beaune