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27 thoughts on “Burgundy: More Than Just Wine”

  1. I didn’t realize that a lot of iconic French dishes come from Burgundy until you mentioned them in this post. I love the roof tile pattern of Hospice de Beaune which together with the impressive architecture of Dijon make a trip to this part of France seems like a must. But I do wonder why I don’t stumble upon that many blog posts about Burgundy out there. Perhaps it is overlooked by Paris, Les Chateaux de la Loire, and the southern regions? I always enjoy taking a visual tour of Europe with you, Len!

  2. Thank you, Bama! 🙂 I think Burgundy is often overlooked because it does not have any huge monument like a tower, a cathedral or a museum. It does not have beautiful beaches as well, so it is “un-instagramable”. Furthermore, Burgundy is relatively close to Paris, Lyon and Strasbourg which are highly popular among tourists. So there is a high chance that tourists might skip this region to go to other cities.

  3. Great reportage, Len!! Never been to Beaune, but heard very positive comments about it! And your pictures make me curious 😉 Thanks for sharing!

  4. Hey so apart from the facts that the photos are stunning (no surprises there), I am enchanted by the trivia. Like Dijon and how it is after my heart because I have a weakness for owls. A place which makes an owl its icon has to be special. Meanwhile, the architecture of Beaune is exquisite. Thank you for putting it on my list.

    1. My pleasure! Unfortunately, I did not make a photo of the owl. After a few hundred years, it lost most of its features because of the weather and the human touches (including myself). I don’t know whether the legend is real or not, but it’s fun to trace this tiny icon. I ran two times around the church just to find it 🙂

  5. Wow I can never get enough of France. I notice that the roof patterns in Beaune look very similar to the ones in Budapest. 🙂 At first I thought the roofs were unique in Budapest. I did not know that they are present in Burgundy too. I always learn something new from your blog. 🙂

    1. You are right! The roof looks a lot like the Mathias Church in Budapest, especially the colour. But the pattern makes the difference 🙂 I think they borrow from each other.

  6. So… did the owl manage to bring you some good luck?! Is it just me, or does Dijon actually look extremely brown and mustardy as a city…
    And how do the snails taste? You are Vietnamese so you’ve probably had much worse? I hear the street foods in Vietnam are pretty outlandish. 😆

    1. Totally opposite! I received more bad luck than usual. Probably, I used the wrong hand to touch it. Bad Owl 🙁 And you are right, most of Dijon’s buildings are in Old French Style, so they have the yellowish mustard colour.
      About the snails: well it was not so bad. It was crunchy and sweet. I thought it would be slimy 🙂 Snails are also used in Vietnamese cuisine, but we cook it differently. But I am not a fan of those dishes.
      VN street foods are really diverse, some might be really good, some tastes terrible. It also depends on where you eat. But in term of bizarreness, VN street foods still look more familiar than the food in our neighbouring Cambodia 🙂

      1. Lol about the owl. I used to have a soft toy kangaroo that I bought as a souvenir for someone else in China and they said it kept giving them bad luck that they threw it away!
        Yea, I’d like to visit Vietnam one day. My friend said the street Pho’s there are awesome…

    1. Thanks! It was indeed very tranquil town, especially at noon on a weekday. I had a difficult time to find a wine cellar that opened for visiting 🙂

    1. Many thanks for your very kind words, Nano! 🙂 But when it comes to food and Japan, I am envious of you. You have been in so many cool places, and I really like the way you review the restaurants (or I would rather say “artistically present” them) 😉

  7. Beautiful photos, Len! This area reminds me a lot to the Alsace… I wonder if they also decorate everything so beautifully during Christmas as they do in the neighboring region, hehehe. In any case, looks like it is well worth a visit! I might include it in my list of trips for this year 🙂 (thanks for the inspiration!)

    1. Though the towns have different archiectural style, I think Burgundy will also look great during Christmas. You should consider adding Champagne to the list. It’s also located on the same direction with Burgundy and Alsace. Even if you are not a fan of sparkling wine, the Cathedral de Reims alone is worth visiting 🙂

  8. Thank you for the heads up on the owl! I will remember that when visiting Dijon.Gorgeous photos as usual. I’m really drawn to the Hospices de Beaune…flamboyant indeed. Sad to hear that the mustard is no longer made in Dijon. It is a staple in my home.

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