Close your eyes and imagine rolling hillsides filled with shimmering grape vines for as far as the eye can see. Now imagine wandering from village to village, where the vineyard names read like a shelf in a fine wine shop. Combine this with the extraordinary and distinct cuisine at every turn and you have Burgundy, where I started my 2-week sojourn in France last October.
For me, Burgundy is one of the most beautiful and delightful regions in all of France with a wealth of opportunities for foodies, art lovers, and history buffs alike. And if traditional touring isn’t your taste, nothing compares to barging the Burgundy Canal or biking through the vineyards on back roads and gravel paths.
But France is more than Burgundy, and after a week of self-indulgence, I headed south to Carcassonne and the Dordogne Valley to take in the man-made and natural beauties of Southern France. Driving through the countryside and visiting the small, undiscovered towns is a great way to get to know France and her people. Heading northwestward, I stopped for a day in St. Emilion before heading to the city of Bordeaux, then onward to my final destination, Paris.
Even after over 20 visits to the City of Lights, I still discovered new and interesting things to do and see, such as the newly opened Musée Jacquemart André. I left Paris, after 16 days in France, anxious to return soon, and even more anxious to share my experience and expertise with you when France is your destination.