And now we sample Burgundy for a couple of days
Trip Start Sep 11, 2010
29Trip End Oct 10, 2010
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Our guide told stories of her life in France as a student and her French host family. Lots of discussion about French history and politics. Then, on to Beaune for lunch on our own. We ate in a cute little restaurant inside the walls of this medieval wine town in Burgundy. Bob could barely eat a bite so we ended up throwing away most of his meal. We met group for town walk to learn about architecture (mostly Romanesque) and then toured Hotel Dieu, a medieval hospice facility. Awesome place! (forgot to say that our time in Reims included time in a tiny Alsatian town.called Kaysersburg, which was the favorite of everyone - Colmar was second, but we are all liking Beaune, too, because it is very small and easy to walk around.)
The colored glazed tile roofs are unbelievable! And, ladies, the textiles are gorgeous. I made my only purchase of a beautiful tablecloth and napkins in lovely fabric that will last longer than I will. And, after much conversation with a delightful young male store clerk (ooo-la-la, ladies) decided on something from the heart instead of elegance. Will have to post picture when we get back (no luck with pics and iPod Touch) but imagine lovely woven designs in reds, oranges and purples. Monsieur told me they have beautiful linens because they mostly have old homes and inherited furniture, not so special, so they like to turn down the lights and set a lovely table and linger for hours. We laughed a great deal during this transaction. He walked me to the door (another ooooooo) and we parted friends, not just customer and clerk. A different world! So much pride in what one works at and so much knowledge.
Bob saw Madame Docteur while I was out with French clerk and he received three Rx--antibiotic, decongestant and nasal spray. Already this morning, his spirits are up and he is feeling better. The doctor and pharmacist in our group want to examine his prescriptions. The French doctor came to our hotel room to see Bob, our guide translated (and Bob had his French moment by opening his shirt before the ladies!) he is so much better this morning, already. Total cost for visit to hotel by doctor and prescriptions was about $63.
Last night, we had a fabulous group dinner in a restaurant located in a medieval monastery wine cellar. Our table of 6 shared two fine bottles of a fantastic wine, probably the best any of us ever had. Putting your nose in the glass was like smelling a luscious flower garden. The waiter made special recommendation to us when he saw that we wanted a fine wine. We had escargot and we all tried it and it was awesome--the best the prior escargot fans had ever had. Also a jellied meat dish as another appetizer and iron pots filled with wine sauces and either whole chickens or beef medallions and potatoes in creamy wine sauce. OMIGOSH --we licked the platter and bowls clean (well, almost). Then, tiny apple tarts unlike any you have ever seen, or pumpkin spiced creme brulee or plate of frommage. We rolled back to hotel a block away.
Slept like logs. Now it is time to battle hand-held shower in deep tub with no shower curtain. Beds were wonderful in this remodeled medieval hotel bldg. One couple is located in turret room, however. 62 steps up to room and 16 more steps up stone stairs without rails to bathroom in their room. But it is air conditioned and ultra clean and nice even if rooms are tiny.
Today we head to vineyard here to do -- guess what -- more wine tasting!!
Life is good, Bob is mending and I get ice for my foot about twice a day and just keep walking. Most of us are really looking forward to laundromat day in Chamonix.
Bonjour -- off to battle the shower!