The Colors of Burgundy

Posted by Analyse at 6:34 PM

Sunday, September 30, 2007

12th century church overlooking the vineyard.

Today is PMN Fam Pics Day and the chosen theme is GREEN. Outdoor lovers as we are, the first thing which came into mind to interprete this month's theme is nature! I have loads of pictures displaying green sceneries of different paysages and I thought, why not show you the colors of Burgundy - the region famous for wine, escargot (snails) and Dijon mustard - where I live.

Dijon is the capital of the Burgundy region. The good thing about living in this town is that, we get the advantage of a city while keeping close distance to nature. After a stressful week, it's so easy to unwind and breath fresh air in the nearby wine country which is Burgundy.

Like most of the hike/stroll areas in France, a walk in this breathtaking decor also starts with the direction sign. The yellow and red stripes signify a trail or circuit which could be completed in several days to discover a region. One sole yellow stripe signifies easy and short hike do-able within a day. Longer and more difficult hikes are designated by white and red stripes which not only trails France, but most of the European countries as well. They normally accompany itinerary hikers on their adventures. More on hiker's direction sign here.

The extraordinary part of doing a leisure hike in this wine country is that you could come across old villages and old churches dating back to the XII century (a wine press in one of the cellars dates back to the Charlemagne days!) and end the day with a wine tasting in one of the hundred wine cellars around the area. A festive ambiance is a guarantee during harvest season around August to September. Wine bottles on a barrel are typical displays outside a wine store or a wine cellar where wine tasters/buyers are of course, welcome.

This GREEN carpet is not forever tho. It only stays from Spring to Summer season. Just before the harvest, these green leaves will slowly turn into red, giving another magical atmosphere in the valley. This announces the coming of Autumn. Photographers - professionals and neophytes alike, gather in this area during this season, not only to witness the harvest, but also to catch this beautiful transformation. But like a superstar who gives in to several encores before leaving the grand scene, these leaves turn into golden yellow before they totally wither and fall - to give way to the Winter season.

Note: Dijon is the capital of Côte d'Or, a province of the Burgundy (Bourgogne) region. Côte d'Or which literally means Golden Coast gets its name from the golden yellow color of the wine valley during Autumn. Or so they say. Imagine a valley of these leaves kissed by the sun's rays - you get captivated while you capture its beauty.

20 comments:

soy said...

i like the double-edged title :)

gracita said...

napa-ooohh and ahhh nalang ako while imagining your place. it must be really pretty during summer and autumn with the color of the leaves changing from green to red to yellow! i wish ma-experience ko din ang four seasons. dito kasi, always sunny, humid and hot lang! :)

Analyse said...

Soy, ;)

Gracita, for you who love travel, i think you'll love it here too.. the problem with four seasons is that, it starts to be unpredictable na.. and since seasons change every 3 months, the way you dress changes too.. gastos esp if you follow la mode.

Francesca said...

its soooo pretty ana.
France has a lot to offer on tourism, kaya worth spending in coming to this beautiful country esp in your area there.

Dijon mustard is the best with herbs de provence and a dash of wine, sa beef steak, makakalimutan mo na may kasama ka pala sa bahay !haha

And,napa laway ako sa grapes!

Analyse said...

haha, kalimutan daw bang me kasama ka sa bahay..

haze said...

Love the color contrast :) ! Don't you have the factory making of Dijon mustard? I am just curious on how they make mustard. That would be interesting too Ana :). Teka puede ka bang humingi ng grapes sa kanila? Kakatakam !!!

Hilda said...

Sa tinagal tagal ko dito sa France never been blessed to visit Dijon, sayang, hanggang mustard lang ang kaya ko. Thanks for sharing para na rin akong nakapasyal :-)!!! Mahilig din me sa mga itinerary hikes lalo na kung maraming "degustation" at food tripping:-)

Makis said...

I loooove the photos, Ana! Next time we plan a degustation trip in Bourgogne, we'll make sure you'll be our tour guide! Hehehe!

Heart of Rachel said...

Ana, I'm having a déjà vu about commenting here. Pardon my short term memory. Hope I don't double post.

Magnificent photos! I love the rich colors that blend in your surroundings, especially with the coming of autumn.

The leisure walks sound so romantic.

auee said...

Wow. Such a lovely place
:-) You are indeed lucky. That is the same reason why I would love to live in Melbourne. You get the city but nature is outside your doorstep, too.

Sooo different from where I am in London.

Analyse said...

Haze, i think Amora has a museum but never been there hehe..

Hilda, thanks for visiting my hideaway. where are you here in france?

Makis, hehe, just let me know dear..

Rachel, oh that happens to me too.. sometimes i just read and bloghop (at the office), then think of commenting when im home.. the problem is, i thought i already commmented, wala pa pala haha..

Auee, yeah. that's also why we're kind of allergic to the word Paris haha.. there was a rumor kasi dati that we will be relocated to the capital.. walang me gusto hehe.

Hilda said...

im living in aix en provence :-)

ScroochChronicles said...

Hi Analyse!! Beautiful pictures. I can't begin to imagine what it would be like to visit. Love, love, love the grape pics :)

rowena said...

Hi Analyse, hay kelan kaya ako makarating in your place...dream ko rin to see Paris. Thanks for sharing those wonderful pics. I've watched the Paris life of KC Concepcion on tv here in Manila. They even visited Dijon. What a very lovely place indeed! Btw, you're tagged, pls. visit my site, just do it if you're free. Have fun!

Analyse said...

Cookie, when i first visited this place, i tell you, i was overwhelmed.. and then we visited a wine cellar dating back the 13th century.. oh wow.. we're quite spoiled when it comes to history and old stuffs here in europe.

Rowena, if you visit Paris, and you want to see a wine country absolutely, then our region is the most accesible. It's only an hour and 40 minutes from paris..

raqgold said...

analyse, i cant remember kung nakarating na ako dyan.. do you know this chateau de pizay in Morgon en Beaujolais? malapit ba kayo diyan? we usually go there to stock up with wine, hehehe... kung malapit lang kayo, aba, mag EB tayo for our next trip there...

Analyse said...

Raqgold, Beaujolais is like 2 hours by car from here.. you have to try burgundy wines next time (vin de bourgogne).. the real wine ;)

Anonymous said...

Hi!

I would just like to ask if you are still currently living in Dijon, France? :)

I am a Filipina college student who will probably spend 5-6 months of my junior term in Dijon, France this coming August, and I would like to know more about the place. Would it be okay if I were to get your e-mail address or Facebook account so that I could be able to talk with you better, if only it would be okay though :)

Thank you very much! :)

Anonymous said...

hi there. we just moved here in the philippines 7 months ago. but no problem to answer your queries. leave me your email or fb and i'll drop u a line ;)

Anonymous said...

You can email me at: di_ako_common@yahoo.com :) Thank you very much!! :)