France in Spring

3 years ago
What I've Been UpTo - France in Spring - Part 1

The latest trip has been to Burgundy wine country in France.  We went for eight days and scheduled lots of things to do and places to see. 

Our base was a small ‘Gite’ (cottage) in the village of Fontaines not far from several large towns and cities such as,

Chalon-sur-Saone; Macon; Dijon; Beaune; Lyon; and a one and a half hour train ride to Paris.
 Macon was holding its annual ‘Maconnais Vinestival’, a three day weekend of wine and food tasting under one roof at the Parc des expositions de Macon.  If you are a true ‘wine buff’, there was a three day pass for E25 allowing you to taste and eat as much as you want every day.  But we had many other things to do so opted for a one day visit.  Wow, did we have fun!  E5 each got our glass, which you can keep as a memento, and as much wine and variety of foods we could sample.  There were booths from local vineyards small and large offering samples, and others offering foods such as cheeses, breads, meats, cakes, even sculpted chocolates.
One of the most fascinating tastings was ‘Les elixirs du Druide Tripolix’.  These wines are described to be enjoyed as ‘an aperitif, digestive, or during the meal’.  The elixir is made using ancient formulas solely owned by Tripolix.  Tripolix describe the flavors come from chestnuts, walnuts, and natural plant extracts, to name a few.  Absolutely delicious! website for more information.  The sad thing is they do not ship internationally unless you make a large order.
More in part 2 - Segway Tour, Wine Bike Tour, Wine Tasting, and of course, Paris!
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