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Celebrating the Good Life at Chailly Burgundy

Published October 2, 2018 in Europe , France - 0 Comments
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Celebrating the Good Life in Burgundy

Final chapter of Edward Kiersh’s tour of France

It was extremely difficult, even painful to leave Aloxe Corton. A petite, charming village on the Côte de Nuits, the wine-producing communes in Burgundy, France known for elegant and affordable reds, this town near Beaune boasts five exceptional vintners offering daily tastings.

But another delight was on the horizon—a stay at the Hôtel Golf Château de Chailly, a 16th Century castle with an 18-hole championship golf course.

Opened in 1990, amid natural streams, lakes and a glorious variety of century-old trees, this 6,737-yard, parkland course 30 miles from Dijon has several challenging water-riddled holes that demand pinpoint accuracy. Over a dozen, well-bunkered, elongated and sloped greens exponentially increase the tract’s difficulty.

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Finishing Fabulous France at Clotilde Davenne Winery

Published September 28, 2018 in Europe , France - 0 Comments
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Finishing Fabulous France at Clotilde Davenne Winery

Part 4 of Edward Keirsh’s adventure to France during Ryder Cup Week.

Paris was bustling with fashionistas, and that was to be expected since it was Fashion Week, a time to celebrate Dior, Armani, Hermes and Tom Ford. Not a time to celebrate the Ryder Cup which was more my fashion—so I decided to leave Paris for one more day in Burgundy—to drink great wine and to decompress from all the pastries and rich food I was eating.

Clotilde Davenne

Vézelay in Bourgogne

Clotilde Davenne

Ancient village of Noyers

Bourgogne and its amazingly remarkable small towns like Noyers and Vezelay were certainly more my style. But with limited time before my return trip home I drove to relatively nearby Chablis.

Packing my clubs for another day, and after negotiating many small roads, I ultimately arrived at a vineyard named after owner Clotilde Davenne, a small winery not far from the magical towns of Irancy and Vezelay.

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Golf in Paris – What Ryder Cup?

Published September 26, 2018 in Europe , France - 0 Comments
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Golf in Paris – What Ryder Cup?

Part 3 of Edward Keirsh’s adventure to France during Ryder Cup Week.

Golf in Paris? Tiger is back. The Ryder Cup is ready to start on Friday outside Paris. The weather is sublime for golf, in the mid-60s and sunny. Magnifique!

But here in this glittering city that many people fear, or often disparage because of some nonsensical feelings about the French, few people care about Tiger or the Cup. It’s as if it was being played on a different planet.

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Forget golf. Eat pastries.

Take my favorite baker for example. I expected to see a few little cakes decorated with the European logo. But she would have none of that.  Her only interest was serving me a heavenly cup of coffee and a wondrous pained chocolate. Yum! But there was spectacle that did delight her made her even talkative.

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Paradise Found – Chateau de Chailly France

Published September 25, 2018 in Europe , France - 0 Comments
Chateau de Chailly France

Paradise Found – Chateau de Chailly France

Part 2 of Edward Kiersh’ s travels to France during the Ryder Cup week

Not touching a golf club for days, and about to go mad, I finally arrived at Golf de Chailly sur Armancon, a 16th Century castle turned inviting resort. Along with offering a seductive hammam spa, tennis, swimming, gorgeous suites, and two restaurants, the course is both bedeviling and a delight.

Golf de Chailly sur Armancon

Golf de Chailly sur Armancon

While most of the fairways are wide open, and perfect for relaxed rounds, there are several holes that present taxing challenges, mainly due to cavernous bunkers, dramatically contoured, elevated greens and numerous water hazards. It’s also visually exciting, set amid rich farmlands, and popular with beautifully attired, highly serious French female players. Stay at Chailly for two days. It’s a paradise for finding vineyards, la cuisine Francaise, and several fun holes that will long be remembered.

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How to Survive Without Golf in France

Published September 24, 2018 in France - 0 Comments
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How to Survive Without Golf in France

By Edward Kiersh

Though the hillsides are covered with vineyards, and not golf courses, the scenery in this rich part of France is captivating especially if the traveler makes it a point to visit small, 16th and 17th century hill towns. One must-see gem is Flavian-Sur-Ozerain, not far from Dijon. Here the aging buildings and cobble-stoned streets seem to be relics of a long-vanished past. All is tranquil, a perfect escape from time.

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Flavian-Sur-Ozerain

Once I left here it’s on to Dijon and the road of Burgundy’s Grand Crus. There are so many caves or wine producers along the road side it’s impossible to determine where to stop.

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