Part of my recent trip to France involved an adventurous side: biking through a few vineyards in Burgundy. I like biking, and I also like wines, so I guess this was a perfect combination.
We spend the first night at a small hotel in Beaune which was incredibly cute, and had an excellent breakfast (as well as German MTV, which I found truly amazing to watch).
We biked to Nuits St. Georges through beautiful vineyards, and stopped every now and then for tastings. As soon as I learned that Burgundy is also famous for its Kir Royal, I decided to dedicate myself to try as many variations as possible in an attempt to become a connoisseur. All the alcohol was more than necessary to be able to sleep in a B&B without private bathrooms and the largest collection of scary paintings I have ever seen (not to mention the absence of a TV to give me my fix of German MTV at night).
I also want to bring your attention to the fact that escargot is huge in Burgundy, and that every freaking menu features French words which I had never heard before. It was the first time I was ever served chicken with a few leftover feathers caught in its skin, and it wasn't cute. My advice: liquid meals of pinot noir and creme de cassis.
From Burgundy my father decided to make a quick stop in Switzerland (even though it was sort of out of the way), so we packed up and drove to Gstaad. There are pictures after the jump.
I have to admit I was a little skeptical about stopping by Gstaad in the end of summer, but the drive there alone (which was absoultely breathtaking) would have made it worth the trip. Even though snow is not my thing, after spending a day there I can understand why people travel to go ski in Switzerland. It is as if the mountains have all been carefully landscaped, and every pine tree sits methodically on a very specific spot (and I am not even going to get into how clean everything is and how polite everyone was compared to the people in Paris).
And then we had do drive back to Paris because our flights back all departed from Charles de Gaulle, so there is more coming tomorrow.