Wine, Chateaux, History and Philosophy all in one place.


Chinon in the Val de Loire, France is the place we came closest to buying a house in France three years ago. Burgundy may be our favourite wine region, mostly being based on our love of Pinot Noir and Chardonnay as well as having several winemaker friends there. But the area around Chinon has a … Continue reading Wine, Chateaux, History and Philosophy all in one place.

How a bawdy philosopher made a monkey of “authority”!


“Monk, doctor, writer, botanist, and translator, Rabelais was one of the most enlightened minds of the Renaissance. Behind the comic, laughter-inducing exterior of his work lie some very important issues; war, education, religion, marriage, and the question of the Other. He was a humanist, his writing full of the new ideas both he and Erasmus … Continue reading How a bawdy philosopher made a monkey of “authority”!

Brexit, the new Class War!


Brexit is now a class war and the politicians and Remoaniacs just don’t get it! It’s not a class war along the old traditional lines, workers vs owners or even rich vs poor, it’s a new kind of class war based on Elites vs Plebs, or those who hate Britain vs those who love it. … Continue reading Brexit, the new Class War!

The Treasure of Vix


We had a very pleasant surprise on reading about The “Treasure of Vix” a few days before our recent foray into France again and discovering it was on our route into Burgundy. The Treasure is a collection of artefacts housed in the Vix Museum at Chatillon-Sur-Seine, and being situated between the end of Champagne and … Continue reading The Treasure of Vix

Chateau du Clos de Vougeot …. it’s not about the wine!


We hope you'll enjoy this short video as an introduction to the history of the world famous vineyard and chateau at the Clos de Vougeot, Bourgogne, France. "Jamais en Vain, Toujours en Vin" : bande annonce from Château du Clos de Vougeot on Vimeo. The most famous vineyard in the world, Clos de Vougeot, also … Continue reading Chateau du Clos de Vougeot …. it’s not about the wine!