Posted by Al Campbell | May 1, 2019 | Uncategorized
May the Lily be with you!

Today in Burgundy we’ll be holding the Fête du Muguet – the Festival of the Lily of the Valley. We hold it on May 1st, which is Labour Day here....

Posted by Al Campbell | April 21, 2019 | History
QUASIMODO, EASTER AND PASSOVER – NOW THERE’S A COINCIDENCE.

Perhaps we shouldn’t be surprised by a confusion of tongues – especially at Easter and particularly in the west where so many languages interrelate. But this week’s serendipitous collusion between...

Posted by Al Campbell | April 16, 2019 | History
Il n’y a pas de fumée sans feu.

This week’s blog was going to be all about what’s happening in the Burgundian vineyards where they are setting smoke pots every night to try to keep the frost off...

Posted by Al Campbell | March 31, 2019 | Uncategorized
In France today there’s something fishy going

Some things are unique to France. Certainly it’s a very different sort of place when it comes to April 1st. They don’t have April Fool’s Day in the sense they...

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Posted by Al Campbell | March 5, 2019 | Wine and food
What can you learn from a wine label?

Do wine labels speak to you? If they don't then at least hopefully the wine should. Our wine guru Denis Sherman of Elden Wines reads wine labels like Gandalf reads...

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...