Burgany for non French speakers


Mar 4th, 2001, 10:36 AM
Shelley Correll
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Burgany for non French speakers


My partner and I will be in Geneva for some time this summer. We would like to rent a car for a long weekend in Burgandy. Our problem is that we speak very little (very, very little) French. We are interested in hearing others opinions about whether this will be a problem. Also, we welcome any suggestions for places to stay and/or eat.

Shelley Correll
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Mar 4th, 2001, 05:32 PM
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Hi, Shelley... It will be a very, very slight problem. My husband, sister and brother-in-law traveled on a "u-drive" boat down the Burgundy canal for a week and even managed locks and shopping in small village stores with almost no French. You will almost invariably find one person who speaks English and will help you if you make an effort. That's really the beauty of traveling in the countryside. Without knowing where you would like to venture, I highly recommend Beaune, renowned for its polychrome roofs typical of the area. There are also several Michelin-starred restaurants in the area. Let me know if you would like some specific recommendations, or if other towns in the area are more in your line of thought.
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Mar 4th, 2001, 05:46 PM
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It's a stretch, but the Beaujolais is technically part of Bourgogne (spelled BurgUndy in English, by the way), and a place that I recommend is Chateau de Longsard - - www.chateauxandcountry.com/chateaux/longsard - - about 30 miles north of Lyon (a good ways south of Dijon and Beaune - - the "classic" heart of Burgundy).

Search "longsard" here and you can read more about the place, including (by sheer coincidence) a VERY recent report (literally yesterday) from "guy" ([email protected]) - - see the thread "Does everybody have the urge to brag about how great their trip to France was?" for more info.

Best wishes,

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Mar 4th, 2001, 06:09 PM
wes fowler
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Here are a couple of thoughts regarding wineries that you might want to visit on off the beaten paths. If you're interested, I may be able to recommend some small, charming, moderately priced hotels and restaurants along the way. Email me if you'd like.

Route 74 running just south of Dijon paralleling the Route
E1 autobahn and passing through Chenove, Brochon, Nuits St. Georges,
Pommard, Santenay among other villages gives one an opportunity for some scenic sightseeing as well as any number of opportunities for wine tastings.

In Colombey les deux Eglises, a small historical town just west of Chaumont
on Route 19 there's a charming country inn, Auberge de la Montagne
Rooms are 190F to 280F as of a couple of years ago. It's at Rue
d'Argentolles - 52330 Colombey-les-deux-Eglises. telephone:
Fax: It, too, has a gourmet regional restaurant.

You've selected the ideal area for wine tasting! You'll see many signs for
wine tasting and tours on the roads as you drive south of Dijon. Look for
the word "degustation" and you'll find wine tasting opportunities. Many of
the wineries require advance reservations. Below is a list of a number of
them that I don't think require advanced reservations. They are all
located in Dijon or in towns just south of Dijon. It's rare to find a wine
bargain in Burgundy; expect to pay 40 to 50 francs for a bottle. (Perhaps
you can settle for a jar or two of pate.) Here's the list:

Dijon: Caves de l'Espace Grevin, 13 Avenue Albert 1er. Open daily.
Tastings in the cellar beneath the city's new waxworks museum.

Dijon: Caveau de la Port Guillaume, Place Darcy. Open every afternoon.

Beaune: Cave des Hautes-Cotes, Route de Pommard. Open Monday - Saturday.

Beaune: Cave des Cordeliers, 6 Rue de l'Hotel-Dieu. Open daily. Tastings
in a Franciscan friars abbey.

Beaune: Marche aux Vins, Rue Nicolas Rollin. Open daily. Wine-tasting
cellar in front of the Hospices.

Beaune: Patriarche Pere et Fils, 7 Rue du College. The largest cellars in

Nuit-St-Georges: Morin Pere et Fils, 9 Quai Fleury. Open daily. An 18th
century cellar.

Nuit-St-Georges: Cave Moillard-Grivot, Route RN74. Open Monday to Friday.

Santenay: Domain de la Buissiere

Vougeot: La Grande Cave, Route RN 74. Open daily. Tasting of "grands
vins" in ancient cellars.

The following is rather interesting and might be a source for less expensive wine:

France has 14 secondary schools that train young people how to plant, grow,
ferment, age and bottle wine. There is such a school in Beaune, just south
of Dijon. It is the Lycee Viticole, 16 Avenue Charles Jaffelin. From 8 AM
to noon and 2PM to 5:30 (closed on Saturday afternoon and Sunday) you can
taste and purchase the excellent, relatively inexpensive wines made by the
students as part of their studies. Cellar visits are also possible. There
are free 2 1/2 hour guided tours (in French) on certain Saturday mornings
at 9:30 AM. Telephone 03 80 26 35 81 for details.

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Mar 4th, 2001, 08:31 PM
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Wes, I just had to say how interesting that was. I feel inadequate posting what sparse info I have. Thanks for your continuing contributions.
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