I feel like when most people visit France they opt for Paris, Lyon, or the luxurious St. Tropez. France is a HUGE country with so much unexplored area that most foreigners don’t get to see and I am so happy I was given the chance to.
Burgundy, France is southeast of Paris and is classified as a medieval town, yes medieval, and let me tell you this region looks STRAIGHT out of a storybook, like very Beauty and the Beast like. I felt like I was 5 years old but instead of reading the books and watching the movies, I was actually IN them.
Even better, this area of France is known for their wine. Ever heard of Burgundy (Bourgogne) wines? Guess where they come from…
We did a wine tasting, my first wine tasting ever at Domaine de Flavigny-Alésia (not many people get to say their first was in France). Their wines are award winning and amazing.I lean more towards white wines and their white wine was one of the best I’ve tasted, very crisp, not too pungent or sour of a taste. The red was also great. Vino claims Burgundy to be the “Holy Grail for Pinot Noir and Chardonnay wines” so they were the crème de la crème (to stick with our French theme here).
Our group stayed at a quaint little hotel in Semur-en-Auxois (a specific town in Burgundy) and had the chance to explore the town including the outdoor market held in the center of town on the weekends.
If you are spending time in France and have time for a little road trip I 100% recommend heading out to Burgundy. You will literally feel like you left your reality and jumped into a storybook (and if you’re like me, that was one of my dreams as a child to be able to do that). It is so beautiful and the nature and houses are nothing like anything I’ve seen in the rest of my travels.
I’ve always had the best travel experiences going a little bit outside of the typical tourist areas and really exploring around. That would probably be one of the best tips I can give you, so get out there 🙂