Busy week in Beaujolais & Burgundy
Posted by William Armstrong 31 March 2012
First up at the beginning of last week, I was out and about in the southern Burgundy, checking the walking notes and signs on a section of paths between Cruzille and Igé on our Chardonnay Wine Trail self guided walking holiday in France. As has been the case now for about three weeks, the sun was shinning and the temperature was above 20°C. Ige, Aze and Lugny are all villages which have a wine cave open to the public where you can try the local Chardonnay wines of the Maconnais labels. The walking is through a landscape with a mix of pretty hills and valleys covered in vines and forest.
A couple of days later and I spent the day with a customer from last year who returned from Australia with his partner to do some research for his screen play. We covered a number of pretty villages in the southern Beaujolais which feature on our Beaujolais Medieval Village independent walking tour. These includeTheize, Bagnols, Ternand, Chatillon and Oingt. The picture opposite shows Jon in the doorway of Bagnols church. These beautiful historic French villages are built from a warm honey coloured limestone similar to that found in parts of the Cotswolds in England.
The next day I was in Lyon for the Salon de Randonnee or walking and trekking show which takes place every year at the end of March. It was an opportunity to meet plenty of people relating to walking holidays and tourism in France. I met up with a couple of our expert local partner companies that we use in specific parts of France, such as the Pyrenees. They have been running walking holidays in these areas for many years and in many cases actually created the walking trails themselves. I also met many people working for the local tourist boards and local authorities for different parts of France, in order to get up to date information about the areas where we already run walking holidays, as well as getting ideas for new walking and cycling holidays in new regions of France.
I ended the week back out on the walking trails, this time in the Beaujolais region of France. I was updating the walking notes for a very quiet but very picturesque part of the central Beaujolais where our Beautiful Beaujolais Trail passes. This independent walking holiday traverses much of the Beaujolais region from north to south. This central region, like much of the Beaujolais has vine covered slopes. The valleys are deep and cut steeply into the picturesque hills. The video below will give you an idea of the wonderful panoramas in this part of the walking holiday trail.