France! If anyone would ask me where my favorite place in the world is, my answer would always be France. I can’t even explain the feeling I had when I first visited, so you would image how excited I was to travel here again only a year later. Before ending the trip in Paris, my sister and I made sure to spend some time in the countryside – specifically a small, adorable town called Beaune, France which is in the region of Burgundy. We chose this location because it’s the wine capital of the region, is filled with medieval architecture and has the Côte d’Or vineyards surrounding the entire village.
As soon as we stepped off the railway platform and onto the cobblestone roads of Beaune, I instantly got that small-town feel which was exactly what I was hoping for. Traveling to France, most tourists obviously travel to Paris – even though the rest of the countryside is equally worthwhile to visit. The town itself is just very cute and every detail gives the place it’s adorable charm. We spent the rest of our first day walking in and out of shops, drinking wine and of course getting some delicious food along the way!
In the morning we got the usual French breakfast to go – a croissant and coffee, and then spent the rest of the morning exploring, shopping and eating amazing salads for lunch. Oh and because we couldn’t resist, we got crêpes right after too. Bon appetit!
The one thing Mel and I made sure to do while here was to rent bikes and bike through the surrounding vineyards. Doesn’t that sound like a dream? It definitely felt like it. The weather was absolutely gorgeous and the view was just as beautiful. I never knew that one day I’d be biking through the vineyards of France. It was such a fun experience and it gave me even more adoration for France and all it has to offer.
For dinner, like we always do, we walked around until a restaurant and it’s menu caught our eye. If you didn’t know this about restaurants in Europe, usually restaurants will have a printed copy of the menu displayed outside for people to look at before making their decision. Mel and I found this cute restaurant with these amazing burgers. Mine was a goat cheese burger and oh my gosh it was amazing. I usually don’t eat meat, but this was so so good. Also, obviously I got a glass of rosé. Such a great way to end our stay.
As much as Paris is a dream, the countryside of France is undoubtedly just as magical. The countryside has it’s own, unique wonder and character that’s completely worth seeing. There’s something about traveling somewhere less touristy that really gives you a different experience and insight into the authentic culture and community of a country.