Above: Château de la Rochepot perched above Rochepot village. Parts of the castle date from the 13th century.
Believe it or not Château de la Rochepot is for sale – complete with drawbridge and barbican! The real estate listing has a lot interesting information and awesome photos, especially the meticulous tile roof. I would like to own a castle.
It’s time for Beautiful Burgundy Region Bike Ride – part two. Part one started us on a bike path leaving Beaune, Bourgognes. The 22-mile bike wound through beaucoup villages and vineyards on a hot and hazy July 17, 2013.
Fantastic architecture abound, culture seamlessly blended with scenery, and rolling hills like tides continually changed perspectives.
Vine trimming on a hill above town.
French Facade 1
French Facade 2
Facade 3. For multiple brick buildings, blue was the accent color of choice.
Parallele lines of grape vines recede into a stone structure.
Above: Vineyards near and far in the Saint-Aubin town of Bourgognes, France.
The bike left from Beaune, Bourgognes region of France, on a scalding July 17, 2013 – perhaps high eighties by early afternoon. But it was très beau! Blue doors on brick houses, vineyards near and far, wheat fields, and small towns continually supervened by smaller towns – even one with a castle.
This is part one-of-three and it it only gets better. So please, stay tuned.
Cool blues and greens on the brick house contrasted the hot mid-July temperatures.
This brick house comes complete with a creek.
On a very smooth bike path. One of many small towns in the background.
Above: Chatting on church steps at sunset. Beaune, France.
Tucked away in Burgendy region, southeast of Paris, is the peaceful small town of Beaune. Fantastic food and wine may be Beaune’s mainstay – they are both salubrious – but the proximity to vineyards, vistas, and ancient architecture offer adventure galore. One of the most enjoyable days in Europe was spent bicycling 22 miles on smooth, paved paths through the small villages surrounding Beaune. I will feature that in a future post.
Today is a brief overview of Beaune.
White chocolate mousse – beyond delicious.
Real and painted flowers.
Wine and water.
A statue of Mary holding Jesus flanked by old wooden doors.
UAF’s fall concert series had a rocking start, complete with crowd surfing and beach balls. Pennsylvania based Dr. Dog made a big trip to a small venue, small when compared to some of their previous performances, such as Austin City Limits and Coachella. The indie-rock band played to a sold-out crowd that packed the dance floor. The band’s retro rock, modern sound-effects, almost-raspy vocals, smooth harmonies and meditative lyrics all blended seamlessly. Not to mention, they are incredibly friendly people. After viewing my pictures check out the playful music video to “Shadow People,” one of my favorite songs.
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Dr. Dog seen through wine glasses illuminated by stage lights at the UAF Pub.
Dr. Dog rocks out at the UAF Pub