Tuesday, February 8, 2011

La Vie En Rose: New Year in Europe

Tuesday, January 4, 2011: Tournus, France
Another late start on Tuesday proved that Tournus was, at least for James’s guests, a city of sleeping in. James had to wake early for class, and we tried to also, but mostly it didn’t work out, and around ten, James would wander in and see us eating chocolate granola cereal in our pajamas. It was lovely to have the extra sleep.
We all wandered over to a different grocery store for ingredients for that evening’s dinner, and when James went back to teach, Emily, Roger and I wandered around Tournus, checking out some of the little shops and bakeries. Several shops were selling really lovely baskets, and I fell in love with a market basket, but decided I already had too many bags to carry around for the rest of the trip. Also, I am, like, queen of the tote bags and our farmer's market doesn't even open until June. We stopped by a bakery for some bread and macarons, and wandered in and out of shops until we met back up with James at the train station to buy our tickets to Dijon and Milan the next day. A little tip from James that we wish we'd known - buy the 18-25 pass if you're between the ages of 18 and 25, and doing much train travel in France. It's about 50 euros, but it means that all your tickets are 50% off for a year. In the end, we wouldn't have saved tons of money, but any little bit helps, so I wanted to pass that on to you.
For dinner, James made us the most wonderful tartiflette, a delicious mixture of potatoes, reblochon cheese, white wine, cream, and bacon. Once again, we gave the dish time, and it was perfect. With some good beers (yes, the French have beers!) and nice bread, the meal was the wonderful way to celebrate our last night in Tournus. We finished the evening with macarons and seemingly endless games of Hearts by candlelight.

Next Up: Dijon and we make our way to Milan!


  1. that tartiflette looks really good! I never associate France with beer haha...any brands to look out for?

  2. Hmm, I don't remember any specifics, but I'll ask James if he has any recommendations and get back to you!

  3. James says to try Pelforth Brune. He's not sure if it's available in the states, but says it's really good.