Places to eat in Provence, Burgundy, and Paris in July
My wife and I will be in Italy and France for three weeks. We will be in France for 11 days working our way to Paris from Provence. We are looking for suggestions on good places to eat and stay in or near Aix en Provence, Beaune, and Paris. For the Paris area we were thinking of staying in Versailles. If you have suggestions for Italy, we are going to be staying in Rome, Cortona, and Cinque terra.
Near Beaune, we stayed last fall at Domaine des Anges, a chambre d'hote in Puligny-Montrachet. Great place and great hosts, British ex-pats Lady Celine and John. They serve an optional table d'hote and there are a couple of other dining choices in this tiny village famed for its white Burgundy.
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Adored Ma Cuisine in Beaune, on a small cobbled pedestrian street just off of Place Carnot, nr. Les Halles and Hotel Dieu. Fabu. Delish. Warm and lively. Amazing wine list. Would have eaten there several times except they went on their holiday closing. Also liked La Cibouhette, nr the Porte St. Nicholas. In the pedestrianized area of Nuits-Saint-Georges, La Cabotte. Again, fabu. Ate there twice. If they're offering the Moelleux Caramel Beurre Sale HAVE IT, and then try and charm the recipe out of the chef. I'm still haunted. Chez Guy in Gevrey-Chambertin. Have the Joue du Boeuf cooked in pinot for 12 hours. MAN that was good....
I know it's a late response, but here are another few thoughts:
A nice little place for dinner in Provence is in the town of LaFare near Suzette - Le Grand Jardin - it is associated with a Best Western, but don't let that scare you off.
Two great places to stay in Provence are:
La Burlande near Les Beaux des Provence
Le Degoutaud - near Suzette
Definately take the drive over to Sault for the best lavender viewing/smelling.
L'Ptit Paradis in Beaune is a favorite for dinner and Le Gaspard on Place Monge for lunch. You should also try a wine lunch at one of the Table d'hote nearby like at Oliver LeFlaive, Comte Senard, or Bouree.