Sunday 09 June 2013
I must say that it is certainly quiet at Hotel St Michel at night, cause it is completely isolated in the forest that surrounds Chateau Chambord. The restaurant finishes at 8:45 so by 10:30 everyone is signed off and put to bed (there being nothing else to do). Even the kids that have been running up and down and screeching in the halls and terrorising everyone in the restaurant have gone to sleep.
The down side to complete silence at night is that the birds are really rowdy when they start tweeting at 5:00 in the morning. Nether the less we managed to sleep in until about 8:30 and are on the road by 10:00 (exceptionally early for us).
Today we have a 3 hour 45 minute drive to Nuits Saint Geroges in Burgundy.
By about 2:00 we pull into Savigny les Beaune a little village just south of Nuits for lunch. We find a delightful little restaurant, in a delightful little square, next to a delightful chateau. We are quickly seated, promptly ignored and then 2 beers are delivered to our table. We have not ordered these beers but they are certainly just what we need to quench our thirst.
When Howard brings the mistake to the attention of the pretty blonde waitress, we find out that instead of requesting a table for 2 people (deux personne) the waitress thought he asked for 2 beers (deux pression). The waitress is very amused by our mistake and we soon hear her telling the barman and having a good chuckle. Thats one way of making an impression.
After lunch … excellent salad and medallions of pork (they do not charge us for the beer – even though we drank them) we wander of for a look at the chateau. We don’t have time to do the tour but we note there are dozens of airplanes parked in the grounds as well as some very cute little Citroen C2 that are obviously on a rally.
There are also dozens of motor bike enthusiasts that are getting ready to depart, they are joined by one skinny fellow on a push bike who, much to everyones amusement, is lined up to join the convoy. He takes off with them only to ride a mere 10 metres to the restaurant for a beer.
Fifteen minutes down the road we are in Nuits St Georges and knocking on the door of the Madame de Loisy’s … no answer … ummm … how French, perhaps Francoises is having her afternoon nap? Thats fine we go for a walk and grab a drink at L’Etoile Cafe, this cafe has been a favourite of ours for many years. Patrick the owner recognises us and shakes our hands. The sun is shining, and its quite warm for this time of the year. So we are not too fazed by our welcome.
By the time we head back to the hotel and grab our bags our friends Bill and Jill Ryan from Brisbane and Andrew Hood from Tasmania are pulling up as well. Francoises de Loisy now in house, offers us a very warm welcome and escorts us through the lovely courtyard, into the receptions rooms beautifully decorated with antiques, up the old oak staircase to our room – the Boudoir Chambre. Our room is fabulous and beautifully decorated. And we have an ensuite – this is very welcome. We stayed here 5 years ago and have memories of creeping across a very cold, very squeaky hallway in the middle of the night to have a pee!
We settle in and then join Francoises and the other in the courtyard for a bottle or two of the local bubble Cremant de Bourgogne. At 8:30 we head out to Restaurant de la Tour just around the corner for dinner.