Words & Photography by Clara Tuma
Last year, I spent two weeks traveling across France on assignment for Virtuoso Life, photographing a guide to the country’s regional cuisine. The work brought me to the lovely town of Beaune in Burgundy, where I got to take pictures of some very beautiful snails. Yes … snails! Escargot is a delicacy in Burgundy, and the talented chefs in the kitchen at Le Bistro de L’Hôtel presented me with what they believe is one of the best dishes in France.
Don’t worry, if escargot isn’t your thing, there’s plenty of pinot noir and chardonnay to be found, too. Beaune’s spectacular landscape – dotted with vineyards and rolling hills – completely enchanted me as I drove around. A drive or bike ride through Beaune on a sunny morning is a lovely activity. Later, head back into town for an apéro (white wine, perhaps?) from Château de Meursault. Strolling down the village’s quaint streets reveals beautiful architecture and unexpected serenity.
Here, a few of my favorite photos from the trip: