Pommard, Meursault, Côtes-de-Beaune, have you ever wonder where those wines come from?
I spend some days in Burgundy during my french trip both in Côte d’Or and Yonne, mainly in Beaune where the annual auction at the Hospices (former hospital) set the tendencies for the wine’s price for the year.
Of course, aside of the important cultural part, I took the time to enjoy the local gastronomy. From home made recipes with fresh products bought in local butcher and cheesemonger to dinners in the most exclusive restaurants (La Côte Saint Jacques in Joigny and Le Benaton in Beaune). Forget all the fantasy and clichés that you ever dreamed of about France: The reality is even better. Therefore I need to do an warning: if you have a weak stomach that is not use to exotic food you should not watch the pictures bellow! If you don’t have any issue with food, I let you enjoy! (Click on the picture to enlarge it)
Unfortunately I did not take a picture of everything I ate during the 3 weeks of break but it is a teaser: go to France to see the rest of our food specialties.
Posted by Claire on January 10, 2012
In The Artist Way, Julia Cameron suggests us to write our morning pages every morning in order to “let our Artist Brain play”, because our Logic Brain tends to take over our senses. One of her example was the fall forest and how our Logic Brain responds to the message of the synapses after the stimulus”fall forest” by the color analysis of the fall forest. Whereas the Artist Brain would appreciate more the splendor of the spectacle.
However, during my hiking trip I realized that my Brain was far more logical that Julia Cameron’s example: I was thinking about the winter and how Trees, preparing themselves for the cold winter, cut the sap in the leaves, and how the photosynthesis stops, causing the degradation of green chlorophyll and the apparence of secondary pigments.
I thought that my scientific specialization in High School was far behind, but obviously my Logic Brain stocked a lot of information!
Despite my fascination for forest life I still enjoyed the beauty of the early fall in the White Mountains…
Posted by Claire on September 18, 2011