Trip to Burgundy

June 1, 2016

Montreal Burgundy

It was only a couple of months ago that we took a trip to France but already it’s starting to feel like a distant memory. After six days in Paris, where I ran the marathon and did a little shopping in Galeries Lafayette, we took the train to Burgundy where we spent a couple of days with friends and former colleagues of my husband. It was a complete gear change from the hustle and bustle of Paris. Our hosts Christine and Graham own Maison Crème Anglaise, a beautiful old building in the medieval village of Montréal.  The house has three floors with a stone staircase in a turret, a barn with a grand piano, and a heated outdoor swimming pool!

Maison Creme Anglaise sign

Montreal door sign Montreal street

Maison CremeAnglaise courtyard

Maison Creme Anglaise daffodils

Maison Creme Anglaise piano

Window Maison Creme Anglaise


We have this handsome fellow to thank for our trip to Montréal and a renewed friendship with his owners. A few years ago Christine wrote a children’s book about her dog Custard, which she sent to her former colleagues at the BBC. We were given the book for our daughter, who was only a toddler at the time, but kept it for when she was older. The book is published in English and French – English on one page and French on the other – so is a great way to learn the language. Reading the book prompted us to get in touch with Christine and Graham, and we decided to extend our trip to Paris to include two days in the Burgundian countryside. Since “Cowardy, Cowardy Custard” was published, the star of the book has been joined by two new companions: Crumble, who looks like his younger brother, and Rhubarb the cat. Crumble and Rhubarb’s play-fighting had us in stitches! I think it’s fair to say the cat came out on top every time!


Rhubard the cat

Maison Creme Anglaise terrace

It was a bit too cold to use the swimming pool…even if it is heated!

Maison Creme Anglaise garden view

Blossom Montreal arch

Montréal is a typical Burgundian medieval fortified village with houses of local stone dating back to the 13th century.

Les Deux Comperes sign Montreal Burgundy

Montreal ecole

Avallon arch

On the second day we spent the afternoon exploring Avallon, where we found a small art exhibition and strolled around the pathway encircling the town. The sky looked rather ominous but we managed to dodge the showers!

Avallon town centre

Avallon wall art

post box and mural in Avallon

twig sculptures

ountryside around Avallon

We ended our walk with a look around the castle and a visit to the park opposite.

Avallon Castle

Avallon castle triple shotCoat: Damsel in a Dress, hat: Zara


This was my first visit to this beautiful region of France, and hopefully not the last as we only saw a very small part of it. Have you ever been to Burgundy? Let me know if you have any recommendations for my next visit!


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14 responses to “Trip to Burgundy”

  1. Laurie says:

    Looks like a beautiful place, I am a big dog lover & these look so cute ! But I must congratulate you on a marathon ! Well done xx

  2. Carrie says:

    How fun was that trip? Such beautiful scenery and historic buildings. Of course you look lovely especially with the pop of blue.

  3. Laura says:

    Wow! Beautiful photos of a stunning area! I have never been and want to go!

    • Emma Peach says:

      It is a beautiful part of France Laura – and we’ve only seen a small part of it. I’d love to go to Dijon when we next visit and maybe do some wine tasting 🙂

  4. Kirsten Wick says:

    Oh I love France and this looks wonderful. I haven’t been to Burgundy yet but I’m dying to go. We visited the Loire Valley last year and loved everything. And congrats on running the Paris marathon. I used to be a runner and ran the marathon in Berlin once but mostly I ran 10k and half marathons (which were my favourite). Sadly I needed to give it up due to a chronic injury. I’m still sad about it. Have a great weekend. Kirsten xx

    • Emma Peach says:

      Thanks Kirsten! There are so many parts of France I want to visit – I’d love to go to Provence. Half marathons are probably my preferred distance too – it’s enough of a challenge but doesn’t carry such a high injury risk as full marathons do. I’ve had problems with my back and feet for quite a while now so I’m not sure if I’ll do another full marathon…never say never though 🙂

  5. Rachel says:

    Looks amazing. I would love to travel here sometime.
    Thank you for linking up to “Bloggers Who Have Inspired Me”
    Rachel xo

  6. Missy May says:

    Great photos and you look very pretty. This town looks like a nice romantic getaway for couple. Very country-like!
    Enjoy your weekend! 🙂

  7. Jane says:

    Beautiful photos! I love your hat it’s fabulous. Jane X

  8. Rachel says:

    Beautiful photos! looks great!

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