Thursday Doors – 01/19/2017

Door of the Collégiale Basilique Notre-Dame in the town of Beaune, the wine capital of Burgundy in the Côte d’Or department in eastern France. Parts of Notre-Dame date from the 13th century, and its style is described as Burgundian Romanesque, with some Gothic additions.doorbeauneweb_dsc0100 doorbeauneweb_dsc0097doorbeauneweb_dsc0082For Norm’s Thursday Doors

Travel Theme: Neutral

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Photo taken at Villa Cinfroni, Ravello, Italy.

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Photo taken in Siena, Italy.

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Photo taken in Burgundy, France.

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Detail of the Colosseum, Rome, Italy.

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Photo taken in Santa Monica, California, US.

In this week’s Travel Theme: Neutral Ailsa asks us to break out some neutral tones and create our own version of this week’s travel theme.

Burgundy Region Chateaus (2)

Château de Clos de Vougeot ~~

On our second day in Burgundy, we visited “Clos de Vougeot,” a wall-enclosed vineyard in the region. It was named after the River Vouge, which is actually just a stream separating the village Vougeot from Chambolle-Musigny. The Clos de Vougeot vineyard was created by Cistercian monks of Cîteaux Abbey. The Château de Clos de Vougeot, located inside the wall, was added in 1551 by rebuilding and enlarging a small chapel and other existing buildings at the site. Since 1945, it has served as headquarters of the Confrérie des Chevaliers du Tastevin, an exclusive club of Burgundy wine enthusiasts. As in most chateaus, there is a museum of all things wine and an ongoing art exhibit, which seems to be something that happens this time of the year. The trip through Burgundy country provided some beautiful views of other vineyards and chateaus.

Burgundy Region Chateaus (1)

Château Pommard~~

Located in Pommard, just outside Beaune, the Château de Pommard is the largest private vineyard in Bourgogne. Besides their grounds, museum and wine tasting, we saw two temporary art exhibits going on at the château (one of photography and one of sculptures) and a couple of permanent (I think) Salvador Dali sculptures displayed in their courtyard. The château’s grounds and museum are very pretty and the wine was very good. We regretted not having come earlier, with time for a full tour and meal. Here a slide show of photos of the road trip from Beaune to Pommard and of the château visit.

Quotes (II) Sanskrit Proverb

For Day II of the Quotes challenge, for which I was nominated by catalan blogger and photographer Cosmo, from bCL Photography, I’ve chosen an old favorite of mine, a Sanskrit proverb that reminds us of the importance of living every day well.

“Yesterday is but a dream, tomorrow but a vision. But today well lived makes every yesterday a dream of happiness, and every tomorrow a vision of hope. Look well, therefore, to this day.” ~~ Sanskrit Proverb

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Photo taken at Chateau du Clos de Vougeout, Burgundy, France. June 2015.

And today I am breaking the rules — I do that a lot! 🙂 — and not nominating anyone. This way, whoever wants can take on the challenge. Join us!!