Cote d’Ôr: Flavigny-sur-Ozerain, L’Abbaye de Fontenay, and Semur-en-Auxois

The foucs of our last side trip in France was a visit to the UNESCO World Heritage site of the Abbaye de Fontenay, founded by Saint Bernard in 1118. We were lucky that this trip also also included short stops in the villages of Posanges, Flavigny-sur-Ozerain, and Semur-en-Auxois.   Posanges Our stop in Posanges was … Continue reading Cote d’Ôr: Flavigny-sur-Ozerain, L’Abbaye de Fontenay, and Semur-en-Auxois

La Côte de Nuits

Being in the Burgundy region of France meant that we were in one of the great wine-producing regions of the world. We could not leave France without learning about the history, culture, and production of wine, so we decided to take a tour of La Côte de Nuits—one of the subregions of Burgundy. We happened to … Continue reading La Côte de Nuits

Paris: La Ville Lumière

The weekend of May 17th, we hopped on a train from Dijon for a four-day trip to see the sights of Paris. Paris, or "La Ville Lumiere," was one of the first European cities to have electricity. Today, it continues to glow with more than just bulbs and wires; its energy also comes from its … Continue reading Paris: La Ville Lumière

French National Institute for Agricultural Research (INRA)

The second half of my sabbatical has brought us to Dijon, France, where I've been working with colleagues at the French National Institute for Agricultural Research (INRA). INRA is akin to our USDA Agricultural Research Service (ARS) and has research facilities all across France. My host here is Dr. Stephane Cordeau, pictured below standing in … Continue reading French National Institute for Agricultural Research (INRA)

Beaune, France

Beaune is a town in the heart of Borgongne (Burgundy) about a 20-minute train ride southwest of our homebase of Dijon. It is a town that honors the region's centuries of wine making. What also sets it apart are the walls that surround it—ramparts that were built, reinforced, and added on to between the 12th … Continue reading Beaune, France

The Louvre

It's astounding, baffling, how one can see an image millions of times but not truly absorb it. The Mona Lisa. I know you can picture it clearly in your mind, but it is so much more than an iconic painting. It is daVinci's masterpiece (if a bit smaller than you've likely imagined). It is correct … Continue reading The Louvre

Lausanne, Switzerland

The weekend of May 12th, 2018 we took a side trip from Dijon to the French-speaking city of Lausanne, Switzerland. The two-hour train ride took us by villages, farms, meadows, and bright yellow canola fields in bloom. Since the scenery was so beautiful, if the trip had included only this train ride, I believe I … Continue reading Lausanne, Switzerland

That is too close!

I tend to like to take pictures of landscapes. That's probably because I prefer to focus more on the bigger picture than on minutia. But sometimes taking a closeup lets you examine the important details you might otherwise miss. Here are some closeups from our travels in Australia and France (arranged by category). We'll continue … Continue reading That is too close!