As I’m sitting here typing this post, I’m still trying to process the fact that this weekend I basically lived the princess dream. Living and dining in a castle, wandering around marketplaces, biking through vineyards… all in the beautiful Burgundy, France–it sounds just like a fairy tale, right?
(Minus Prince Charming 😉 ) It all seems so surreal–you study abroad thinking that you’ll go new places, meet new people, try new things… but it doesn’t quite sink in because everything is happening, all the time. It’s moments like these that make you take a step back, focus on the present, and take it all in.
Where do I even begin?! On Saturday we arrived in Beaune, the heart of Burgundy. After grabbing lunch in the marketplace (and taking forever to decide what to eat–soooo many yummy options!), a bunch of friends and I wandered around town. It was a quaint village that reminded me of Beauty and the Beast!
After lunch, we made our way to the famous Hospice of Beaune. Did you know that it hosts the largest wine auction in the world?
Our last stop of the day was Château Sainte Sabine, where we stayed the night. We had a bit of time to ourselves before dinner so a few friends and I walked around the estate. So beautiful! It looked like straight out of a Jane Austen novel.
After getting all dressed up, we chatted over drinks in the salon and terrace, and of course, took lots of pictures. 🙂
And then finally… DINNER TIME! I knew it was going to be fancy since we were told to dress up but I did not expect it to be a full five course meal in a wine cellar!! I was so stuffed by the end that I think I was in a food coma. I will let the pictures speak for themselves…
After all that food, I sure did sleep well! It was definitely a much needed rest to prepare us for the next day. Our first stop: Château de Châteauneuf!
Next we embarked on a 25 kilometer bike ride through the Burgundy vineyards!! After all those hills and slopes, I’m sure I will be sore for this entire week. Nevertheless, it was an amazing experience and SO much fun.
After making it up a huge hill (“The biggest challenge of the day!” -the tour guide says enthusiastically. Not so sure about that, LOL!) we were rewarded with a lunch that consisted of “Burgundy burgers,” fries, and dessert: a fresh raspberry fruit tart.
A couple hours and many, many kilometers later, we arrived at our final destination of the bike tour: Château de Santenay, where we got to taste different types of wine–a much needed break after a long day.
After a weekend full of adventures, it was finally time to go back to Geneva and return to “reality.” If every girl has a princess moment in her life, this weekend was definitely mine! It was absolutely incredible and I’m missing Bourgogne already. I have such a bad case of wanderlust that I’m already counting down the days until next weekend, ha! I wonder where I’ll go? 😉