France

Susan in the vines at Château Trapaud

Susan in the vines at Chateau Trapaud

France is romance: the food, the wine, the countryside all charm us and draw us back again and again. Our articles range from solitary sojourns to group travel. From Bordeaux to Beaune and Paris to Provence, we give guidance and insight into French travel.
Sunday, June 10th, 2012
The forecasts for dreary, rainy weather finally came true. We were up early and settled into our train seats a full ten minutes before departure-an auspicious start to a trip that was to take us from Bordeaux through Paris to Reims. We'd read that the drive from Gare Monparnasse to Paris Gare de l'Est takes about 20 minutes. We had about an hour to make the transfer.
Wednesday, June 13th, 2012
Wednesday is mini-market day in Beaune, and we drove over from Meursault for our cooking class with Marjorie Taylor. We met at the Hess cheese shop to begin our day. Marjorie, a former pastry chef and restaurant entrepreneur, followed her daughter Kendall to France. Kendall, studied French, Art History and viticulture and has lived in France for over 10 years. When Marjorie came over in 2008, they created The Cook's Atelier to share their love of food and wine and all things French.
Bordeaux Chateaux
Wednesday, February 8th, 2012
Jean-Anthelme Brillat-Savarin said, "Burgundy makes you think of silly things, Bordeaux makes you talk of them and Champagne makes you do them."

We're going to test M. Brillat-Savarin's theory with a wild swing through these major wine regions of France.

Monday, June 11th, 2012
Today, we woke to clouds and drizzle.  We weren't concerned because it was a travel day with no outside activities scheduled.  Our first indoor activity was breakfast. Everything was delicious - especially the panne cotta. We would have stayed longer at Les Crayeres, but we had places to go and wines to taste.
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