Burgundy: Much more than the color

Baby Bennett’s arrival this June moved our trip with Robert and Suzanne up from October 2017 to several weeks ago. S & R are fellow foodies and wine aficionados; thus, Burgundy quickly became the natural choice for an adventure together.

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Exploring Amsterdam the day they arrived!

Robert, Suzanne and Bryan left early on Wednesday morning for Lyon, France. I met them after work on Wednesday evening.

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Thankful for beautiful weather

When I arrived Wednesday night, we immediately went to dinner at La mère Brazier. Lyon is the capital of French cuisine, and so we needed to eat at a fancy restaurant on one of the nights!

Robert spent a ton of time researching (and watching Anthony Bourdain :), so we knew were were in for something special. Our table was in a private section of the restaurant and the famous chef came and spoke to us throughout the meal. It was incredible!

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On Friday morning, we woke up and went to the Musee des Beaux Arts de Lyon. This museum was absolutely gorgeous and worth checking out if you are ever in Lyon.

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Selfie!

Then we strolled over to the Parc de la Tete d’Or. The weather was sunny, brisk, and lovely. For lunch, we went to an indoor food hall, Les Halles de Lyon-Paul, and it reminded me of Chelsea market in NYC, or Ponce City Market in Atlanta. There were cheese stands and treat stands as far as the eye could see.

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On Friday night — because we wanted to do something easy — we grabbed pizza near or Air Bnb.


We woke up early on Friday morning to drive to Beaune for our day of wine touring. I cannot express enough how much we loved Stephanie and our Burgundy wine day. If you are ever in Burgundy, a day with Stephanie is an absolute MUST.

Here was our itinerary:

9:00am: We met Stephanie and departed from Beaune and drove through the vineyards with a presentation of the Burgundy wine region.

10.00am: She explained the region as we drove to the vineyards of Vosne-Romanée and tasted at a family vineyard called Domaine Rion Arielle Et Bernard

 

11.30am: We were supposed to go to the  Château du Clos de Vougeot, a medieval winery built by the monks between the XII and XIV century,  but it was closed for a private party! We ended up circling back and going after lunch.

1.00pm: We had lunch in a small village of the Côte de Nuits and absolutely loved our lunch spot.

2:30pm After lunch, we ate in the village followed by a tasting in the cellars of a traditional family winery called Domaine Quivy in Gevrey-Chambertin. Their family home was spectacular and Stephanie knew the family very well!

4.00pm: We arrived in the village of Nuits-Saint-Georges, well known for its red wines, to taste in a biodynamic winery, called Marchand Taswe. We stayed until really late laughing and talking to one of the wine makers.  Wine professionals stopped by the winery in the morning so we were able to taste very unique and special bottles already open!

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We had the best day with Stephanie!

 

 

The next morning, we spent the day strolling around Beaune and visited the hospices de Baune. A hospital foundation from the Middle Ages, the Hospices de Beaune is one of France’s most prestigious historic monuments.

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We drove to Geneva and explored Geneva for the day/night and Robert and Suzanne flew out of Geneva on Sunday.

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Adventures with the Stearns provided endless memories we will never forget! We loved France and Geneva and cannot wait to go back one day.

Until next time!

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