Posted by Al Campbell | January 27, 2019 | History
Have a storming Bastille Day

You get a huge sense of history cruising the French canals. Half close your eyes, look back through the mists of time, and you can almost see the Four Musketeers...

Posted by Al Campbell | January 22, 2019 | Places we visit
The Da Vinci ‘Clos’ – the hidden secret of Leonardo’s death

The whole wide world knows the name Leonardo da Vinci – born in 1452, the illegitimate polymath artist/scientist/inventor son of a Tuscan notary and his peasant lover. As early as...

Posted by Al Campbell | December 31, 2018 | Uncategorized, Wine and food
Vive Le Reveillon et Bonne Année

New Year’s Eve is a big night in France when you wish the world 'Bonne Année' – it's much more boisterous and roisterous than Christmas. New Year’s Eve dinners start...

Posted by Al Campbell | December 22, 2018 | Update
Joyeux Noël from Burgundy

It’s Christmas in France and ‘le saison de bonhomie a tout le monde’ is celebrated in true festive tradition to ensure a Joyeux Noel in France (Happy Christmas). Although, of...

Posted by Al Campbell | September 29, 2018 | Wine and food
In France they eat with their eyes!

There’s a saying in France that ‘on mange avec les yeux’ – literally ‘they eat with their eyes’. Nothing is more important in France than food (ok – perhaps wine...

Posted by Al Campbell | August 27, 2018 | Wine and food
Does this man have the best job in the world?

Meet Dennis – our Burgundian wine guru extraordinaire… There is an old saying ‘the harder I work the luckier I get’. We think our buddy Dennis is lucky enough to...

Posted by Al Campbell | August 2, 2018 | In the media
European Burgundy holiday. Life in the slow lane

Taking each day as it comes on a barge on the Yonne river in southern Burgundy is one of the most relaxing ways to spend a summer European holiday, writes...

Posted by Al Campbell | July 29, 2018 | Wine and food
Disaster strikes Champagne – 8 million bottles lost.

Whilst we were looking at things close to home in Burgundy’s vineyards, just across the border  disaster strikes Champagne, vicious hailstorms decimating the vineyards. The fact was made all the more...

Posted by Al Campbell | June 19, 2018 | Wine and food
We’ve finally put away the candles

There's no real French equivalent to the old saw 'Ne'er cast a clout 'til May is out'. Yet keeping your overcoat handy until at least June 1st was long Grand...

Posted by Al Campbell | May 13, 2018 | Wine and food
If you go down to the woods today…

If you go down to the woods today, you're sure of a pungent surprise. Actually we rather like the smell of that because it's all about garlic, something the French...