|I love poppies- such an brillant red|
May is almost at its end. It has been a hot month, more like July but with cool nights ( "good sleeping weather" as we used to say in Minnesota). Here in Gevrey we have had "a little" rain, but drought conditions still are high this year over a large part of France. Most of crops, flowers..are early this year, by a few weeks.
I mentioned last month that I had planted my garden. There are flowers on all of the tomato plants and I have a couple very small zuchinnis already. Beans have sprouted, and the cucumbers too: all is looking good. Can not wait to harvest some of the good fresh vegetables.
This again has been a busy month, and I have lots of photos. If I prattle too much and you get bored, just scroll down and at least look at the photos!!
In the meantime, I had a tour with my history group of Fort de Beauregard on May the 7th. The fort is not old, it was built in 1887. After the defeat of 1870, it was decided to build a ring of Forts as protection against another invasion. I will not bore you with lots of details, just a couple of photos. The small village of Fenay bought the Fort in 2003, and it was listed as an historical site in 2006.
After that tour of the fort, we went over to Noiron-sous-Gevrey to see the canal. The canal was built by the monks of Citeaux around the 1212-1221. The monks needed more water at the Abbey of Citeaux. The canal runs about 10km from Fenay to Citeaux. In Noiron the canal passes over the river below via a bridge -Pont des Arvaux ( bridge of Arvaux). Photos of the Fort and the Pont.
|Tower at the Fort|
|A look at the fort standing next to the tower|
|Entrance to the Fort|
|Pont des Arvaux- Canal on top where Herve is standing|
|The canal - I am on the bridge|
On Thursday night (12th of May), we were invited to Savigny-les-Beaune. Keith was working during the week with 2 new employees, going through the Burgundy trip and introducing them to everyone-wineries, restaurants, hotels... ( pre-trip). In Savigny there is a Domaine that makes wonderful Crémant ( better than some champagnes). So in the course of events, it was decided to have a dinner party there; casual. Keith of course knows Greg and Caroline ( from the Domaine), and I am not going explain the other connections...too long. Anyway, there were 7 of us for dinner. We had a nice evening with hors d'oeuvres and Crémant to start, bubbling red Burgundy with the pizza and a nice Côte de Nuits (red wine) with the cheese course. We did not get home until after midnight. Late night for these 2 old f___s.
|Caveau de Chambertin- place for our EXPO|
As soon as everyone (invited guests) had enough free Cremant, Kir and snacks and left; we cleared up everything and prepared for our party. We have an annual pizza party ( ah yes pizza 2 nights in a row). But this is a pizza party with a french flair. There are hors d'oeuvres, and this year grace de Lionel, we started with Champagne ( his 40th birthday was near).
Then on to the pizza with a choice of wines, red or white. One choice happened to be Clos Vougeot Premier Cru 1995. Hmmm not bad with pizza.
It was sort of a pot luck too, so there was a variety of salads to choose from, and still a few left-over hors d'oeuvres. And then desserts...so many desserts!!
Two nights in a row with wine and pizza! Really tried to focus on small tastings, 1 piece of pizza and lots of salad! Really I did!
Then on Saturday morning I had to be up, dressed and outside waiting for a ride at 5:45am!! This was our planned trip to Lyon (with my history group- Keith slept in, he did not go to Lyon-remember he had guided tours there a few years ago).
Our group had arranged to have a tour of Lyon. One member of our club had lived there many years and took on the job as guide. We had been invited to see the museum of tissue ( cloth) by a woman who had lived in Gevrey when she was young. She now managed the restoration of old cloth for the museum. Lyon was at one time the silk "capital".
We arrived, 21 of us and were met by our fellow member "guide " for the day. She handed out bus tickets and we were off.
|Basilica of Saint-Martin d'Ainay 11th century|
The museum may be interesting if you are into old cloth and lace, and period costumes. However what made our tour special was our guide at the museum. Since she worked in restoration, she told us what state the piece had arrived ( one in an old garbage bag) and what she had to do to restore it. Something you would not get walking through there.
Tick tock, tick tock....we had lunch reservations at a Lyon Bouchon for noon. Hurry up and finish the museum tour, and off to lunch we go.
|Part of the our group|
More than a little full. And of course water, wine and coffee are all included in the price of the meal.
After lunch our group was split into two. One group toured the district called "Croix Rousse" and I went with the group that toured "Renaissance Lyon". I have included here a gallery of photos. Note the tromp-d'oeil below, Lyon is know for this also. Several building side have been painted. This is just one example. One other note is the traboules of Lyon. Alley ways made in the 14th century as "short-cuts" to the river, probably for the silk makers. After the photos, there is MORE...
|Basilica from below|
|Basilica -close up with telephoto|
|Tree with ceramic flowers- it was raining when I snapped this|
|Inside the Basilica - a little too much|
|The ride down on the Funicula|
|Corridor of a Traboule|
|In a traboule you sometimes arrive at these amazing courtyards|
|Tromp-d'oeil - Building painted with famous persons of Lyon|
|This is at street level -Paul Bocuse Famous Chef in Lyon and France|
Up and at it on Sunday morning, I had my shift at the Photo Expo at 10am. Drank lots of coffee. Went home for a short rest in the afternoon and returned in the late afternoon. The votes are counted in the afternoon and the winners announced ( if at all interested you can see the top photos here). I did not win, however I did come in 2nd in the votes casted by my fellow club members. It was for my Sedona, AZ. tree. Felt good about that.
I have continued to take walks in the woods. This month there are no cliff hangers! whew! More just some nice strolls in search of flowers. Although it is dry, a few flowers have managed to poke through. It is the month for wild orchids. With the little rain we had last week, some have popped up. Here are a few of my forest photos...and then there is still MORE...
|Loved the light, sort of a fairy land effect|
|It gets hot sometimes and a drink is good too...just let me cool my feet|
|Pretty wild flower|
|Another wild flower|
|Now it is our turn to stop and have a snack..oh so good!|
|Butterflies in spring ---X rated photo|
|Insect on dandelion...called a Gendarme|
|look at all the colors of green...so pretty|
History club will keep me busy this summer. I need to start taking photos of the villages too. Here I have a couple of photos; one from Messagnes, Croix de Chevaliers at the old mill, and one from above of Chevanne. In addition, I have to start taking photos of the monuments in the canton (32 villages). These are Monuments de Mort, or War monuments to the soldiers of the wars. Then to, I need to continue to take the flora and fauna photos for the club.
|The Cross at the Moulin Chevalier|
|Historic Flour mill( Moulin) of Messanges|
|Looking down over the vines to Chevanne|
|My little kitty on a roof tile....of course I made the roof tile too.|
This is sort of a copy of an old finial
Keith worked last week. It was a special private tour. You can ask Duvine Adventures for almost any bike tour you want, and it will be designed and priced just for you. This one was to have more riding and Michelin starred restaurants. So it went from Beaune to Macon, and with several one and two stars and one three starred restaurant. Of course it included lots of wine tasting. It was a good trip, but I had one exhausted husband when he returned last Wednesday.
This coming week he plans on taking off for a ride and some camping. He loves to go off with a tent and climb those mountains.
That is all the news from Gevrey-Chambertin. Hope I did not loose all of you with this months Blog. Now for the recipe of the Month.
Recipe of the Month
Large fresh roasted beet-about 4 inches in diameter
3 oz. Blue cheese
1-2 TBS of creme fraiche or sour cream
Lettuce and vinegarette to add on the plate
Peel the beet and cut off the bottom end
Cut into 1/4 inch slices -from the bottom
place slices on paper towel
Mix blue cheese with creme fraiche to a "spreadable" consistensy
Place a large piece of plastic wrap on a plate
Put down first slice of the beet
Spread with blue cheese mixture
Continue untill all the layers are done
Wrap in plastic and put the refrigerator for about 1 hour
TO SERVE remove from refrigerator
Cut off sides to square up ( or rectangle up depending the shape of the beet)
Save cuts for your salad tomorrow, or go ahead and nibble now!
Then with a good knife cut beet into 3/8 inch (approx) slices
Hopefully you should have 2 slices per plate
Add salad and a squiggle of balsamic vinegar and serve