Burgundy, France

by Jenn on May 31, 2013

in Photography

Puligny-Montrachet

Every year, we keep returning to Burgundy (La Bourgogne). There’s an electricity in the air, a familiar rush of excitement that I haven’t felt since I was a little kid every time I return to that place.  The Côte D’Or is a magical place, and not just for its famed chardonnay or pinot noir – the soul of Burgundy is very much alive, and its energy pulses throughout everything – the houses, the cobblestone streets, the luscious food, and the vines themselves.  The first time we came to La Côte D’Or, we had barely just arrived in Europe – I became acquainted with Jean-Charles on Twitter, who invited us to dine at his restaurant, L’Auberge de Vieux Vigneron in the quaint little village of Corpeau.  It was a cold rainy Easter weekend, but through all the stormy skies my husband and I both knew there was a little piece of heaven hidden amongst the gently sloping hillsides.

That next Summer, the region opened up its bounty to us as we explored caves and vineyards with my good friend Mardi, teaching us about wine, food, and history along the way. And so we keep returning to the Côte D’Or and all it’s splendor – seeing things old and new, but mainly, just taking it in, slowly and thoughtfully.

Maybe it’s the sheer age of the place, knowing that every stone wall has a centuries-old tale to tell, or maybe it’s the simple romantic charm. But whatever the reason, my heart is forever attached to this idyllic land, and I will always be longing to go back.  How else can you justify leaving such views as this?

Puligny-Montrachet

Maybe it’s the food – the gorgeous wine, jambon persillée, oeufs en meurette, the saucisse, the fromage (I really could go on and on), or maybe it’s the sheer beauty and romanticism of Burgundy’s character.  But once there, I’m just relaxed and carefree – all my tensions lift away, and I can forget about life’s stresses for a few days, just enjoying the moment.  I try to bring this feeling back home with me, but instead all I have are photos….

It made me realize something – why am I trying so hard to bottle up and capture that blissful feeling? I think this happens to all of us when we let ourselves gradually succumb to life’s stresses without noticing.  It takes a period of recharge to get ourselves back on track, erase the negative thoughts, and start “fresh” again, filling our minds with joy and peace.  The great thing about photos is we can look back on them and be transported back to those memories as if they were right in front of us, all over again.  I look back and remember the smell of the air, the relaxed ease of just enjoying a nice weekend together, and of course all of the exquisite flavors we tasted.

Les Meilleurs Vins Blancs du Monde

Puligny-Montrachet

Chateau du Meursault

Meursault

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And so I sit back and think fondly of our weekend, sharing the company of friends, food, and taking in the beauty and essence of a place that will always have a home in my heart.  Maybe one day, the baby will appreciate it too, even if she won’t remember these little trips we take – well, maybe when we come back, next time :)

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{ 22 comments… read them below or add one }

Holly May 31, 2013 at 12:22 am

Your photos are beautiful! They take me back to a trip we took to the French countryside with my in-laws. What a gorgeous part of the world. I am sure your little one will grow to love these trips as much as you do.

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Jenn May 31, 2013 at 6:23 pm

Thanks so much Holly!

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Shirley @ gfe & All Gluten-Free Desserts May 31, 2013 at 2:28 am

Stunning photos and lovely writing, Jenn! Thanks so much for sharing with us. Wish I could be there! ;-)

Shirley

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Jenn May 31, 2013 at 6:24 pm

Thanks Shirley!

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Lizzy (Good Things) May 31, 2013 at 3:52 am

How beautiful!

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Jenn May 31, 2013 at 6:24 pm

Thanks!

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Maureen May 31, 2013 at 4:29 am

One of my favorite places in the world is Beaune! Burgundy is indeed magical.

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Jenn May 31, 2013 at 6:24 pm

Mine too :)

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Rosa May 31, 2013 at 8:41 am

Thanks for sharing your gorgeous clicks and impressions with us!

Cheers,

Rosa

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Jenn May 31, 2013 at 6:24 pm

Thanks Rosa!

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Mardi (eat. live. travel. write.) May 31, 2013 at 12:03 pm

Your photos take me right back :) LOVE la Bourgogne! (and that last picture? My heart is melting!!)

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Jenn May 31, 2013 at 6:25 pm

Thanks Mardi – that pic was taken from up on the hill by the moulin à vent :)

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Chelsie June 1, 2013 at 12:39 am

These shots are incredible!!!! I want to go there!

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Kate H June 1, 2013 at 12:40 am

You make me yearn for travel!

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Erica Colvin Photography June 1, 2013 at 2:46 am

Wow. Places I’ve always dreamed of visiting and you get to actually be there! Your pictures look like I can step out of my living room right into them!

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McKenzie Sacry June 1, 2013 at 6:15 am

Jenn – your landscape photos are breathtaking! My FAV is #2. Absolutely gorgeous!

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Heather Avrech June 1, 2013 at 6:23 am

Wow! These are absolutely gorgeous! Just breathtaking!

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Sue Boxell June 2, 2013 at 11:05 am

Beautiful photos of this wonderful region. I came back here after many years having worked here for a brief spell before my ‘corporate career’ … It’s a region that certainly weaves a spell difficult to forget!

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Jasmine Ann June 3, 2013 at 11:46 am

Oh, Jenn, what a gorgeous holiday and I’m sure you’re little one will love the trips in the future, if not straight away she will one day!

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El June 6, 2013 at 4:50 pm

Gorgeous post. Thanks for sharing your beautiful photos!

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Nik@ABrownTable June 12, 2013 at 5:10 am

Your photographs look so beautiful !

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AmandaonMaui July 7, 2013 at 9:28 pm

Wow, what beautiful photographs. Your description of the area, and the way it makes you feel, make it even more enjoyable.

Sometimes I actually choose not to take photographs as I want to be in the moment even more. Sometimes pulling out the camera makes me feel as though I am disconnecting myself from the scene, and instead of being an actor in it I am making myself a spectator. But, it’s really nice to have photos to draw back the experience later.

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