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!
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!
It was a bit too cold to use the swimming pool…even if it is heated!
Montréal is a typical Burgundian medieval fortified village with houses of local stone dating back to the 13th century.
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!
We ended our walk with a look around the castle and a visit to the park opposite.
Coat: 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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