Sometimes we like to do things spontaneously. And this was one of those escapes better not to plan in advance. We saw in a travel magazine an article about Burgundy, the well known French wine region with excellent restaurants and got an idea to try one of the praised restaurants. We called the place on Friday evening and managed to get a table – three stars waiting for us in Joigny, a little village I haven’t even heard before. A closer look at the map revealed that we have over 500 km ahead of us!
On our way on Saturday we visited picturesque Burgundy villages with little wine stores and lovely restaurants offering French specialities. Closer to evening we reached our final destination, restaurant La Côte Saint Jacques in Joigny. The village was empty, there was almost no-one around. We had our drinks on the hotel’s terrace looking over the quiet river. It was perfect way of relaxing after driving the whole day.
The food in the restaurant was amazing, as you would expect from tree stars. I had asparagus with morels and snails as a starter and guinea fowl as a main course – both beautifully served. The food was excellent, but the real experience was their five courses surprise desert, as you can see from my pictures. The restaurant itself may have rather boring interior, but the food was excellent – well worth of driving over 6 hours.
Before checking out from the hotel – which was also very nice, we had their state-of-art breakfast. With a traditional idea of breakfast in mind, but delivered through an innovative setting this was a great enhancement to our stay.
On Sunday morning we decided to visit see some vineyards and drive around Burgundy area before returning back to home. As you may know one of the most famous French wines are from this region and it is also a home for many of the most expensive ones in the world. The highlight of our visit was a little walk around Vosne-Romanée, a stunning wine village where the region’s most celebrated wines are being produced.
As I love castles, we needed to make a quick visit to this beautiful castle before driving the other 500 km back to home.
My tips for Burgundy:
The destination restaurant and hotel:
La Côte Saint Jacques in Joigny
Where to visit:
– And any little village in the area…
– The little vineyards selling their own products