Yearly Archives: 2010

Everything Stops For La Neige

I was going to post the second part of the great Burgundy travel pieces from Epicurious but I just received these photos from Franck’s parents a few minutes ago and just had to share.   It’s snowed in Burgundy – a lot.  Charlotte and Camille want to hop on the next plane so that they can go sledding up on Les Chaumes with their buddies. 

I asked my parents’-in-law if they could go for their usual walks.  They said “non” – without snow shoes you just sink too far into the snow.  Instead, after the shoveling is fini, they’re doing a lot of cooking and baking homemade bread.  I can almost smell it from over here…     

Burgundy Plans 2011 – Part I

For all of you whose plans in 2011 include a trip to Burgundy, here is the first part in an excellent three part series from Epicurious about things to do and see around Dijon and Beaune as well as places to eat and most importantly, winetaste!

Just for the record,Le Bistro des Halles is one of my favorite lunch spots in Dijon and we have been going to La Rose de Vergy since it was located in the modest little village of Reulle-Vergy.   The links to the right in the sidebar are extremely useful – definitely don’t overlook them.   

And a big merci to Franck for sending these links to me.

“Grape Rentals” Now On Facebook!


I’ve now got our new Facebook page for Grape Rentals up and running. I’m having fun linking up left right and centre and spreading the latest news of France, Burgundy, and our vacation rentals in that viral Facebook style we all know and love.

Just type in “Grape Rentals” in your Facebook Search. If you ad this page as a “like” you will be receiving all the latest Grape Rentals news in your newsfeed. I’d also welcome comments from all and sundry. Let’s go and create a Grape Rentals Facebook community!

If you have any questions about how this works or how to access our Facebook page, just email me or leave a comment on here.

A Very Late Soiree

On Saturday night Franck was invited by our friends Martial and Isabelle to a Gala Dinner near Savigny in honour of Beaune’s wine auction. 

Above is the wine list.  Mes excuses.  Actually this was only the list of the white wines.  And they didn’t have to pick and choose amongst these wines – ALL the wines on this list were served. 

So very understandably the evening went rather late.  Dear Isabelle had to drag the Dancing Queens (Martial and Franck) off the dance floor at 3:00am despite their loud protests.

The French always say that white wine gives you energy.      

Chic and Chicken

I just loved this photo Franck took last weekend in Beaune (there’s the bell tower, or beffroi in the distance). 

The juxtaposition of the very chic French woman and the humongous metal chicken just about sums up the atmosphere in the streets of Beaune during the Vente des Vins. 

You have to always be on the lookout because anything can happen.

French Fast Food

Chouette – Franck has started posting his photos now that he is on french soil!  This was taken somewhere in Paris I think. The chain of “Paul” shops all over France sell wonderful breads, sandwiches, pastries, and macaroons for a quick, delicious, inexpensive French meal.

Far more appealing to me than a Coke and a Big Mac! Look for their Green signs next time you are in l’hexagone.

An Adventurous Fellow Traveller Visits The Grape Journal

Bonjour tout le monde, Laura here…I have a very special guest today here at the Grape Journal.  She likes travelling like me, although I wish I shared her knack for traveling through time.

Without further ado, may I please introduce my friend Darby! 


Bisous, Grape Journal Readers!

My name is Darby Christopher, and I’ve never actually been to France. I like reading all about it on Laura’s blog, though — and about the bevy, too. And so just for today, the Grape Journal has been taken over by someone who doesn’t speak French, but who does have an appreciation for the second solitude in Canada. You’ll get a good idea of what I mean if you take a peek into my new story. It’s called FACING FIRE.

FACING FIRE picks up the thread of what happened to me after the magical summer that you may have read about in A WALK THROUGH A WINDOW. Inside both these books you’ll find that while I might not be completely bilingual, I have picked up a small talent for travelling through time…

If you are interested in learning more, you may want to have a peek at my new book. You can find out more about it – and the author – at

Or better still, would you like to win a copy as a prize? If you leave comment on this post, Laura will put your name into a draw to win a free copy of the new book – FACING FIRE. And if you actually link to this post somewhere else [like in another blog, or facebook post or even a tweet] we’ll put your name in for the draw for BOTH of my books. Go for it!

By the way, if you’re into looking for prizes, [especially if you like making videos], check out my blog HERE at Darby Speaks. I have an AMAZING contest going with some totally fantastic prizes. And if you like twitter, you can follow all the latest on the contest and the blog tour and launches @DarbyWalking.

See you there.

And merci for sharing your space with me today, Madame Bradbury!