Ah, Burgundy!

When our friends Kevin and Allan invited us to join them and about 20 other of their close friends to celebrate Kevin’s 60th birthday for a week in Burgundy, France, we didn’t hesitate. They rented two chateaus in the little village of Mercurey, about a half hour drive from Beaune, a small medieval city. 

We drove from Geneva and thanks to not knowing how to program the car-installed GPS, ended up crossing mountains and traveling through villages. We rented bikes in Beaune and took leisurely rides each day through the vineyards and small towns. 

Each evening, we feasted, including taking our hosts to a three-star Michelin restaurant, Le Maison Lelemeloise, where we indulged in the three-course chef’s menu that in addition to three courses, included five little hor d’oeuvres called amuse-bouche, as well as tiny pre-dessert nibbles. We feasted on cheese and bread, drank local wines, and I, of course, ate my fill of fresh figs.

On our way back to the airport, we visited L’Hotel-Dieu de Beaune, a hospital for the poor established in 1443 by Nicolas Rolin, chancellor to the Duke of Burgundy and his wife, Guigone de Salins. 

Connecting with former neighbors  from where we all met in New Jersey, getting to know other friends of Kevin and Allan’s that we’ve met when we bike to their Pennsylvania farmhouse and meeting new people all contributed to a memorable and very special celebration.



(some photos provided by Melanie Urdang and Sarah Cherry) xoxox


About cyclingrandma

I was a journalist (Danbury News-Times, Ct), before becoming a teacher, and continue to write for professional journals. I have written several study guides for Penguin Books and write for Education Update, a newspaper based in New York City. (www.educationupdate.com). I’ve interviewed many authors, college presidents, and scientists. I wrote “The Kentucky Derby’s Forgotten Jockeys” for Smithsonian Magazine's website, www.smithsonian.com. (April, 2009). Two essays have been published in book anthologies; one for Wisdom of Our Mothers, (Familia Books) and the other in “College Search and Parent Rescue: Essay for Parents by Parents of College-Going Students.” (St. Martin’s Press). I was a middle school Language Arts teacher for more than 10 years and have just completed a five year grant position under No Child Left Behind in Newark, NJ public schools. I have three children, two daughters-in law, and six grandchildren. I'm an avid cyclist, knitter, cook, and reader. I love theater, museums, and yoga.
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19 Responses to Ah, Burgundy!

  1. I’m hungry and thirsty and yearning for a ‘Grand Adventure’ just reading your words and seeing your photos! ❤

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  2. sandy says:

    Itinerary please – Dave does not like Paris all that much but this trip would be more up his alley.

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  3. Sandy– fly into Geneva– smaller airport than Paris, rent car, get good maps (or know how to use GPS). Drive and enjoy. Will discuss.


  4. Wow! What a great way to celebrate! ❤
    Diana xo

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  5. Kathleen says:

    Great birthday; wonderful food and drink.

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  6. What a trip. Yes, there’s more to France than Paris. Loved your comment on fresh figs. You’re dad bought some dried figs. Not the same.


  7. The Hotel de Dieu is amazing, isn’t it?


  8. What a delightful excuse for a vacation; as if you need an excuse. I enjoyed the pictures and your travelogue.
    Have you been to South America?

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  9. Yes, we’ve been to Mexico and Belize also, but are planning a trip to Chile and Argentina.


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