France 2013(2) – Époisses

Époisses…a Mecca for cheese lovers…(the cheese was first made by monks, you know. Cheese, wine, beer, fab music…all that and prayer)…

…at also has a lovely chateau. Still in private hands, lucky buggers.

I was most taken with the dovecote, with nesting boxes for 3,000 birds…

…unicorn weather vane…

…and seriously cute watchtower, which is the motif on Fromagerie Berthaut packaging.

Burgundy 2008 – Sancerre

Our last trip out was to Sancerre – a beautiful medieval town. To reach it, you wind up a steep hill, through the vineyards, which produce the eponymous wine.

The area is also know for it’s goat’s cheese – the most famous is Crottin de Chavignol, which is absolutely scrummy (especially with a glass of Sancerre!).

Burgundy is known for its snails (although Christopher tells me that they all come from Poland nowadays) – but Sancerre is just outside in Centre. So…what should we see but snails…

We think they were advertising a toyshop…but it’s still a mystery.

There were certainly a lot of them!

[Thanks to Marmaladekiss for the collage idea.]