Shearwin's in Europe 2018 travel blog

Kitchen at Rochepot

Breakfast in the hotel and we were away at 0930 hrs for our first stop at Chareau de Cormatin. However our first stop had to be north of Lyon for fuel as it is obvious we are burning it faster than diesel and at 1.68 Euro a litre petrol is definitely not cheap in Europe.

One toll later we were on a country road passing through the lovely town of Cluny where we spotted a large walled area with corner turrets. We did not stop to look which will be a regret. As we continued north we spotted one large Chateau in the distance to the east and stopped to photograph Chateau Sercy from the road. The Chateau and the village were both impressive.

The trip to Cormatin took an extra 30 mins because of a truck breakdown at a three lane convergence into two which then made it a single lane. While the traffic was heavy it was interesting to see the steady controlled convergence of trucks and cars, and there were many of both.

We visited the Chateau as part of a guided tour taken in French; other language groups were given a returnable pamphlet on the Chateau to read during the tour. We skipped this tour and shot ourselves in the foot by separating from the group thereby missing out on the controlled entry to the main building. We completed the tour with the next group which caused an addition 45 minute delay. The Visit offered a good image of a 16th century Chateau which is still under going extensive renovations. The gardens were also very nice. Kaye expected a higher standard of furnishings however I thought it quite realistic for the status of the family and it’s period.

We shared a salad for lunch at a local cafe before driving to the Domaine du Chateau de la Rochefort. On the way we passed Sercy. This Chateau was much larger and grander in construction however it did not offer the same level of access as Cormatin as a family are in residence. The rooms we did view were of a very high standard and clearly reflected the wealth of the two different families and the monies spent since in restoring and maintaining them.

We continued our drive to Dijon via Beaune which we had visited previously reflecting that the Burgundy area we had driven through offered some of the best scenery and interesting villages we have seen in France. I believe the published opinion of Lorraine being the less wealthy of the areas offers less than Burgundy and Alsace regions.

We arrived in Dijon at 1630 hrs and checked into our apartment which is more spacious than most and in a good position to the city. I had been recommended a restaurant which was only 500 metres from the apartment so we walked into town and made a booking for 1900 hrs. We had an hour to spare and retired to a cafe near the Fontaine du Bareuzal for a wine with the best selection of nibbles wev’e been offered to date.

We returned to our restaurant DZ Envies at 1900 hrs for Beef cheeks in Red wine, a brûlée to share and a local Pinot Noir. The food was lovely and a good recommendation. The owner/chef was in attendance and the atmosphere of the staff appeared tense to say the least. Their tasks were completed professionally but with the most distant of expressions - well drilled showing no personality. We thought it quite strange. Still a nice dining experience followed by a short walk home and straight to bed exhausted.

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