Burgundy Road Movie 2

Elegant, hearty breakfast at the Domaine de Bouloy: fresh eggs from the owner’s free range chickens, bacon, baguette, home made jams, coffee, hot chocolate, real orange juice… Comfy modern rooms, lush gardens, great place for weddings and parties, see their website http://www.domaine-du-bouloy.comimageimageFrench rooster emblem standing guard at the door…

Next stop, near Guédelon: 13th century Chateau de Ratilly, very cheerful once you step through the gate…image

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Lovingly restored by the Pierlot family, many things to see: ancient dovecote with revolving ladder, contemporary art exhibits, owner’s pottery workshop with nesting swallows, ceramics showroom with cream, sky blue/sapphire, and sea green pieces for the home and table. Synchronicity: turns out Lewis’s family water jug (right), treasured relic of his childhood, also came from this place (see tiny owl logo marked on side, Chateau de Ratilly trademark),  when he planned our itinerary he didn’t know he was retracing his parents’ steps) https://www.chateauderatilly.fr

Stopped for lunch in Saint-Amand-en-Puisaye at the welcoming Relais du Morvan:

http://le-relais-du-morvan.relais-du-morvan.fr

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Feasted on fresh fish and local meats, all garnished with colorful exotic fruits, chef Sébastien Bourgeois’ signature…(home made wild boar pâté, beef bourguignon, sole in sparkling white burgundy and cream sauce around an island of sautéd rutabaga, jerusalem artichokes, and parsnips topped with fresh spinach), wine: Côteaux du Giennois

Final destination: a friend’s house in La Charité sur Loire, sleepy little town on its namesake river, known for its vintage book shops, literary festival, and summer blues concerts…

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Addictive view from our host’s living room: Priory bell tower, Loire river and fields all the way to the horizon…

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Wined and dined for two days, walked along the ramparts and the Loire, hiked in ageless oak forests nearby… Thank you Étienne!

On the way back to Paris, explored Sully-sur-Loire castle…

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