Friday, July 5, 2013

In Burgundy wine country



"Dream a little dream with me..."

Those of you who have been visiting at Lost in Arles for any length of time know of my fondness to let my imagination take the reins, most certainly when picturesque villages are involved and definitely when I am referring to our Secret Provence. How ready I could be to pack my bags and change address! A new adventure! Just give me the means and I will go...

And that is exactly what I am writing about today for my guest post at Daily Plate of Crazy.

But I had a similar swell of welled over temptation at Saint-Bris-le-Vineux in Burgundy wine country as we stopped to visit family on our way to the wedding. In the amount of time it took for Remi to pick up a Chablis and a Côte d'Auxerre at the lovely Domaine Bersan (below, doesn't this remind you of Sharon Santoni's beautiful home?), I had covered the entire village at a fox-trot (yes, I know it is dog-trot but foxing took my fancy), snapping away like an angry turtle until I arrived back at the car victorious with my camera held aloft as dreams had been caught by the tail. 

So many closed up lovely little homes just begging for a little love and attention...











...so little time. For we were already off, streaming through the rolling hills and tracing the Yonne River and then with a woosh, we had dived into the Caves de Bailly Lapierre.


The caves are in an underground quarry that feels a tiny bit like entering the tunnels of The Lord of the Rings...


...just thankfully ever so much friendlier!


This domaine is known for their crémant de Bourgogne, a sparkling wine that I adore.


Ask the goddess of the grape, she'll tell you. A fine crémant beats many a champagne hands down.


And so a toast! To dreaming and living our dreams, to health, happiness and hope!


Have a wonderful weekend. But before you go, you might want to pop over to the guest post that I mentioned, it is just over here...Cheers...

27 comments:

  1. Oh dear!!!! So very beautiful!!!!!
    xx
    Greet

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  2. Crémant is my favorite, too! More gorgeous photos. Another region for our very long list. :-)

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  3. I went on a tour there long ago. It looks so different that I remember!

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    1. Perhaps they have spruced things up a bit? ;)

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  4. It is so fun to watch your imagination go fox-trotting around a French village. I was most interested to see the pictures of the caves of Bailly Lapierre. We have had a Crémant de Bourgogne on our wine list at Bistro Des Copains since we opened seven years ago; it is a guest favorite. Have a great weekend.

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    1. Thank you Michel! I am late in reply but I hope that yours was wonderful as well!
      And as far as crémants go, this is truly a fine one...

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  5. Oh! Fantastic, Heather! I just want to gaze and gaze and gaze... and imagine myself transported to these magical streets, running my fingers along the textured surfaces of these façades...

    Le Paradis.

    And thank you again for your delicious visit chez moi.

    xo

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    1. Oh my goodness, the Blogger gods put your comment in spam!! oh la honte!!!
      But yes, you would looove it there and thank YOU for having me visit chez toi. :)

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  6. Beautiful................just beautiful!I love sparkling wines too!Do you know MALVASIA?Hard to fine over here in the states.........I will look for this one now!Perhaps, tonight as it is our anniversary!!!!!

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    1. Oooh, A BELATED HAPPY ANNIVERSARY TO YOU BOTH!!! Such a lovely, true couple you are too. :)

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  7. Gorgeous photos Heather!!! Hope to make it to that part of France next year!

    xo

    :) T

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    1. Tracey, it was raining a lot so I didn't take anything of the countryside but it is just crazily beautiful. Hope your trip works out!!

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  8. A toast to another weekend, and to a most entertaining post. xo J.

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    1. Jackie, I don't know why you haven't given up on me entirely--I am so behind on your adventures!!! But merci as always...

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  9. Heather, you captured the austere feeling I recall in Burgundy...there is an almost an heaviness in stones and homes.....
    Glad you moved on to a happier moment of joy, drink and even more love.

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    1. Joyful, that is so perfectly put. And yet there is a real elegance within that austerity. I can't wait to go back.

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  10. I love how the French decorate the outside of their homes in the architecture without over doing things, just the right touch. You do get to see the most wonderful hideaways Heather! Thank you for taking us along.

    XXX
    Debra~

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    1. Debra, we could NOT get over how lovely all of the homes were--so tidy, all of the gardens kept up--it was a good example of civic pride!

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  11. Burgundy is lovely. France is so much more than Paris, isn't it? Have a lovely week.

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    1. So VERY much more!! As lovely as Paris is, I am always a little bummed when I hear that people are only going there. And each region is so different from the last--I have a lot more to discover. :)

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  12. Wonderful adventure. The building show character, endurance.

    Champagne to celebrate the end of the fox-trot.

    Enjoy.

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    1. Don't those two go together perfectly, Edgar?

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  13. Gorgeous, Heather. I've always wanted to visit Burgundy but the next best thing is to see it through your eyes. I agree about the Cremant - we always have a bottle or two chilling because you never know when bubbles will be required! Love all the pretty details in your pictures. Have a lovely week. XO

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    1. Now why doesn't that surprise me at all that there is cremant at the ready at your house!! I am coming right over! ;)
      Jeanne, I already can't wait for your visit to my corner of France but a trip to Burgundy could definitely be something to put on the list for a next time...
      Wishing you a lovely week as well.
      xo
      h

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  14. Your posts are AMAZING:) and they make me smile everytime I visit in here.

    Check out my blog....If you want to see a beautiful Swedish country styled house:)

    have a great week dear

    LOVE Maria at inredningsvis.se
    (sweden)

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