DijonFirst stop was Dijon where we sampled mustards, started our quiche per day addiction, and had an owl lead us through town.
|The "Owl Trail" leads you to points of interest throughout Dijon, and ends at the Notre-Dame church where a good luck charm owl is sculpted into the exterior wall. We did use the trail to find the owl and rub its belly Buddha style, however as the day wore on we became more dependent on the trail to lead us home after an afternoon of French pastry feasting, mustard sampling, wine and cheese tasting, and shopping in the village market.|
Maille Dijon Shop
Colorful varieties of mustard for sampling. My personal favorite was raspberry infused.
|Nougat stall at "Les Halles" - Dijon's market. We bought a wedge of caramel-almond nougat to help sustain us on our wine cave journey to Lyon.|
Wine Villages on the Way to Lyon
|Vineyard lined highway|
|First wine village stop - Fixin|
|Mya got to come too|
|Inside wine cave #1|
|Wine tasting in cave #2|
Feeling a bit peckish after two wine tasting sessions, we headed to the village of Savigny-lès-Beaune for lunch. During the trip I think we had dessert with every meal. So so yummy, mmmm.....
|On the way to Pommard, our last stop before Lyon|
Outside the wine cave in Pommard
Theoretically the drive from Dijon to Lyon only takes two hours. Seven hours in, three wine villages and 18 purchased bottles later, we still had an hour and a half to go until we reached Lyon.
LyonIn Lyon we bakery and cafe hopped our way through town. We also managed to take a break from our two hour feedings and wine tastings to visit the Basilica of Notre-Dame de Fourvière (a beautiful church on top of the hill in Lyon) and Parc de la Tête d'Or (one of the city's parks).
|Outside the church|
|Inside the church|
|Mosaic murals lining the church walls|
|View of Lyon from the church|
|Parc de la Tête d'Or|
Lavaux Wine Region - Lake GenevaOn the way home to Zurich we drove through Lausanne, a city in the French region of Switzerland, and onto the Lavaux vineyards on Lake Geneva surrounded by the Alps...breathtaking. We even visited a fairytale castle. This place was unreal, and I can't wait to see it in summer.
|A triple threat with the Alps, Lake Geneva, and wine vineyards|
|View from within the castle|