Getting sick while holidaying in France is not something you would wish on anyone. But, if you do happen to get sick, then La Passerelle des Corton is a good place for it to occur.
La Passerelle des Corton is an idyllic bed and breakfast nestled among Premier Cru vineyards, opposite Château d’Aloxe-Corton, and 12 minutes from Hôtel-Dieu Museum in Beaune.
La Passerelle is the home of Martyal and Sylvia, the most gracious, kind, and caring B&B owners we’ve ever met. And, they are just the people you want around if you get sick.
So it came to pass that in the dead of night, Ruth decided to give birth to a kidney stone. Like most pregnancies, the stubborn little bugger decided to play hardball, causing much discomfort and considerable pain, so much so that it became evident that Ruth had to go to a hospital.
At two in the morning, I stumbled downstairs in search of Martyal and Sylvia. In the dark and not knowing where in the house they resided, I resorted to shouting out their names, loud enough to wake the dead. The sense of urgency and tremble in my voice prompted an immediate response.
Within minutes we were in Martyal’s car and on our way to Beaune Hospital, several kilometres away.
Beaune Hospital must have been trying to save on electricity as the Emergency Department (Urgences) was not easy to find. After wandering around in the dark for some time, we eventually came upon the Urgences sign with the entrance door locked and blacked out. A nearby intercom and alarm eventually got us access.
Unlike Australian Emergency Departments at 2.00 am, this one had no customers. Nevertheless, the duty staff were professional, but it took all that day and countless investigations before the doctors ushered Ruth into an operating theatre for the insertion of a temporary ureteral stent.
The next morning saw Ruth discharged, one thousand euros lighter, the offending stone still in place and with advice to consult her local doctor when she returned to Australia.
During this time, Martyal and Sylvia were exceedingly helpful and supportive. Not only did Martyal stay with us during the early hours of the morning, but Sylvia returned that afternoon to take me back to La Passerelle while Ruth stayed overnight in the hospital. Sylvia provided me with an unexpected dinner that evening, while Martyal introduced me to the story of Kir Cassis. The next morning, Martyal and I returned to collect Ruth.
Although we lost a couple of days out of our five-day stay at La Passerelle, the time we spent at La Passerelle des Corton and the surrounding area was one of the most enjoyable and memorable of this year’s stay in France.
The kindness of Martyal and Sylvia was reinforced to us when we watched some children reenact the Parable of the Good Samaritan at the Cathédrale de la Visitation in Annecy some days later. Too often, the Priests and Levites of this world pass us by. So it was refreshing to find two Samaritans who were only too willing to help.
As Martyal said on the day of our departure, “Do unto others as you would have them do unto you.”
And yes, mother and child are both doing well.
La Passerelle des Corton
12 rue des Corton, 21420 Aloxe-Corton, France
+33 (0) 9 50 52 63 64
Martyal and Sylvia
Check In: 4:30 pm Check Out: 11:30 am
Car: A6 from Paris. Train: TGV Paris to Dijon, TER to Beaune