This past weekend the whole family (me, Rio & our dog Tyler) took a road trip to Dijon in the Burgundy region. Since moving to Paris, I’ve taken three weekend getaways within France and I have to say this was my favorite! Despite being stressed about being stuck in notoriously bad Parisian traffic (that damn Blvd Périphérique!) and not making it to our first dinner reservations in time, and also running 30 minutes late to just about every other appointment we had during the trip, it was a wonderful weekend with the family… especially since Rio is in Budapest again for an entire week. Ugh.
An ancient capital of the Burgundy region, Dijon is a great central location to base a weekend getaway from Paris. It’s a “city” that has a walking tour called the “Owl’s Trail” where you can check out the city’s sights and a ton of delicious restaurants to choose from – three of which are Michelin 1-stars! Only 20 to 30 minutes from the Côte de Nuits et Côte de Beaune wine regions, I definitely recommend driving through the vineyards and tasting some world-class Pinot Noirs and Chardonnays.
Below are a few of my favorite pictures from the trip, and here is the Burgundy itinerary I ended up having in case it helps any future visitors. I definitely recommend spending two full days and two nights in either Dijon or Beaune. If you want to go further south in the Burgundy wine region, then Beaune will be a more central location than Dijon. I also plan to post more specifics about the hotel and restaurants – so keep your blog-reading eyes open!
Chateau du Clos de Vougeot is where monks used to make wine – before the French Revolution where many of them were then killed.
Wine tasting with Authentica Tours. This happend to be at a shop right outside of Chateau du Clos de Vougeot.
Burgundy wine region. Gorgeous!
My friend Erica smartly recommended going to the Maille store for some mustard tastings. Yum!
The beginning of the Owl’s Trail. And here’s the owl! You’re supposed to rub it’s belly with your left hand for good luck. Naturally, Tyler and I both did it.
Place de la Liberation. I used the handy iPhone panorama feature for this shot.
We had a wonderful tasting at Domaine des Varoilles. I expected that we’d just taste some wines but Fabienne actually took us for a drive through her wine plots (grand cru, premier cru and village ratings) and even showed us the 12th century wine cellar. But the highlight was Fabienne actually conducted the wine tasting in her (also 12th century) house!
Leaving Gevrey-Chambertin. C’est pas au revoir, mais à bientôt!