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1st full day on holiday in Burgandy, France

It is like a fairytale everything about this place is magical, I don't ever want to leave....

sunny 28 °C

In the morning we almost miss breakfast as we have taken a melatonin to try to mitigate jet lag, and fell into a deep sleep. We get up at 10 am (breakfast is over at 10) we bolt to the restaurant and happily the buffet is still out and it is wonderful...It has everything your heart could desire for breakfast... After breakfast we arrange to rent bikes for the day. The bikes are in excellent condition with baskets on the front so cute and so french.... baskets come in handy later for the wine we collect along the way...

On our bike ride we pass through very quiet little french villages all made of stone, it is a holiday in France so there is no one around...we take 260 pictures today everything we see we are enamored with we that we feel we must photograph. My favorite subjects include french street signs, bicycles against stone walls, Sunflowers, stone houses, and flower boxes.

What a beautiful day for a bike ride in France...absolutely magical...I don't think Rob or I will never forget the pure joy of this day.... :) :)
On our way back I just happen to see a sign for a winery that is open...We venture in and meet the owner and his son who happily give us a tour of their cellar and tell us that the winery has been in their family for 5 generations and the son who met with us (who you can see peeking out behind Rob in the picture) is considered a master winemaker, getting job offers from all over the world... He has recently returned from Australia where he acted as a consultant to a large winery there...The Stone tasting room is charming and we are told is at least 200 years old... We sample 4 wines, Chardonnay is the most prevalent grape of this area but we also tried a wonderful Pinot Noir. The pours were very generous and Rob had to stop at the second glass as we were so dehydrated from our bike ride, had he had any more we may make it back to the Chateau :) We bought 2 bottles to bring back to the Chateau, the price 8 Euro a bottle and I am telling you the wine was sooo good. We get back to the Chateau and head to the pool...we are the only ones there on a most beautiful sunny afternoon. The pool is amazing, large, with views of the Chateau and the vineyard and sooo refreshing after our long bike ride... As evening approaches we bring our wine poolside and just relax...I think I have found heaven and will forever use this as my "happy place" imagery, when needed, upon my return to the daily grind in Canada.... :) We have lovely dinner at La Martine in Macon. There is a crazy couple sitting next to us who is having a very intense and intimate conversation (in French) which I am sure they do not think we can understand as we are speaking English, except with my understanding of french returning as if I was back in french immersion school once more, I understand every word...awkward for me, I don't tell Rob till the end of dinner and we have a good laugh... We order the Boeuf Bourguignon, this is my first time having it and to have it in Burgundy where it originated from.. I am thrilled and it is perfect.
This first full day has been absolutely wonderful we make our way back to the Chateau and crash out...

Posted by L and R Travels 17:00 Archived in France

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