The long and winding road…
It’s about 25-26 hours door-to-door from Portland to Volnay. No matter how you slice it, it’s a bit of a safari. I go stir-crazy on 12+-hour flights, so here’s how I usually slice it: A 4-5 hour flight from Portland to Chicago or Atlanta, and then a 7-hour flight to Paris. I’m at the gate at PDX right now, waiting to board a United flight to Chicago. Then it’s a 2-hour layover there, then the flight to Paris.
After getting the bags in Paris (1-hour minimum, it seems), then it’s a taxi to the Gare de Lyon (another hour in Paris traffic), then the TGV to Dijon (a blissful 1:45), then grabbing the rental car and a cruise down the Côte to Volnay. I’ll get there at about 4:00pm on Wednesday France time, or about 7am back home. It’s basically like pulling an all-nighter back in college days. I’m just a bit older, however!
I’ll be staying in the guest house above the Huber-Verdereau cellars in Volnay, which is very warm and cozy. I look forward to the church bells just outside my window, marking time every 15 minutes, and settling into the flow of life in the winemaking villages.
Here’s a great shot of the sunrise over Vosne-Romanée – more to come from the other side of the pond soon!