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Beaune

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  • Day314

    Rolin stones

    September 6, 2019 in France ⋅ ⛅ 21 °C

    Nicolas Rolin made himself very rich as Chancellor of the Exchequer to Duke Philip the Good.
    His manor wasn't in too good a shape after the Hundred Years War and the people of Beaune were starving and destitute; plus the Plague had broken out in the countryside.
    So, prompted by his wife Guigone de Salins, he founded the Hôtel-Dieu or Hospice de Beaune in 1443 together with a religious order of nuns, "Les sœurs hospitalières de Beaune". The hospital continued serving patients until the late 1970s. Since then it has been restored to nearly the original condition.
    One special exhibit in the pharmacy is the bow attached to the pestle. There is only one other known example of this device. Since the pestle weighs 6 kg, and was constantly in use preparing concoctions, one can understand why such a spring-loaded assistance was more than a luxury for the nuns.
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  • Day314

    Beaune of contention

    September 6, 2019 in France ⋅ ⛅ 20 °C

    Baune, a classic medievil market town, lies a dozen km away. There was a market in the streets which, as far as I could tell, had the same travelling stalls as Chagny on Sunday. The local artisanal produce was sold at the same price as in the shops, and more for tourists.
    One feature of the area are boldly coloured roof tiles, seen on the old hospital par excellence.Read more

  • Day314

    Totally sick art

    September 6, 2019 in France ⋅ ⛅ 21 °C

    The painting of "The last Judgement" by Rogier van der Weyden is the most famous piece held in the Hospice, but I like the stained glass scene of the working hospital more.
    Nicolas Rolin and Guigone de Salins are pictured flanking St Sebastian, (who helped get rid of the plague,) and the hospital patron, St. Anthony who dealt with leprosy as well as the plague.
    The man howling is one of a series of heads decorating the beams in the roof of the main hall. You would howl too if you had to watch 15thC medicine practiced 24/7 below you.
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  • Day53

    Beaune

    August 26, 2019 in France ⋅ ☀️ 28 °C

    Lundi, 26 août 2019
    Le planning pour aujourd'hui est vite fait: il nous faut avancer le plus loin possible en direction “maison". La traversée de la capitale autour de midi est animée, mais possible. Une pause pour dîner, peu après Fontainebleau, s'impose. Beaune demande encore 3.30h de plus. Nous nous installons comme d'habitude sur le parking pour cc et partons à pied au centre-ville. Se dégourdir les jambes nous fait du bien et une pizza au Café le Faubourg cale notre appétit.Read more

  • Day5

    Ankunft in Beaune

    August 22, 2019 in France ⋅ ☀️ 27 °C

    Next Step Beaune.... Familienfeier...
    Nach sechs Stunden Autofahrt endlich angekommen. Wir würden herzlich im Hotel von Joost Tante empfangen und freuen uns die nächsten Tage zusammen zu verbringen ...

  • Day40

    Beaune & environs

    May 10, 2019 in France ⋅ ⛅ 9 °C

    When I was studying to become a sommelier a dozen or so years ago, I decided that one day I had to make a visit to the Burgundy region of France. It wasn’t only for my love of Pinot Noir or the way the French bring out the best in Chardonnay, it was the beauty of the architecture, the complexity of their classification system and the long and storied history of their vines.

    Brenda was thoughtful enough to include a five day stop in Beaune in this European trip’s itinerary, allowing me to cross one more item off my bucket list.

    For me, the magic of visiting a place like this is the way in which all the theory and instruction I received during my sommelier classes suddenly becomes concrete. I now understand how the classification between regional wine, Villages, Grand Cru and Premier Cru are established. I saw with my own two eyes many of the 1247 different parcels of land that are under vine. I walked through the rocky, limestone, clay or Marl soils that give these wines their individuality and complexity. I saw the hills where the grapes grown at the top of the south facing slopes produce the finest and most expensive Pinot Noir on Earth. I learned that one vineyard may have a limestone subsoil, while its immediate neighbor may be clay, giving completely different expression to the wines produced there. I saw numerous small plots of vines surrounded by short masonry walls that were built from the stones taken from those very vineyards. These enclosed plots are what are known as “Clos” , and the wines made from those grapes will show that word on their labels.

    The entire Burgundy Appellation covers a length of only 67 kilometers, and although we were based in Beaune, we managed to cover a good portion of it, and more than one third on foot!

    As we walked South from Beaune to Santenay, passing through Pommard, Meurseault, Chassagne Montrachet and Puligny Montrachet, tasting fabulous Chardonnays as we went, all the names on all those bottles I puzzled over in wine shops for so many years, gained recognition and gave me one of those big “AHA!!!” moments when it all became a lot more clear.

    To the North, we did some exceptional tastings in Nuits Saint Georges, where the Pinot Noir was in the forefront, except for our last event where we sampled five different bottles of Cremant de Bourgogne, which I’m pretty sure were Brenda’s favorites of the entire Burgundy visit.

    The weather on Wednesday was wet, windy and cold, so we pretty much stayed in our room, did laundry and relaxed.

    On our last day in Beaune, we did a tasting at Le Cellier de la Cabiote, where, in their XVIth century cellars, we sampled six different wines, and a very syrupy, but delicious, Crème de Cassis. Of all the tastings we did, this was probably our favorite. All the wines were from different producers and each was hand selected by the owner of the shop, who provided detailed and knowledgeable comments on each of the samples. Anyone going to Beaune should make it a point to stop into that shop.

    Our time in Bourgogne is now over and we’re about to start a five day visit to Paris, where Brenda will be catching up with another old friend. Other than that, we have no real itinerary, although I may want to spend a day at the Louvre if the weather is uncooperative.

    We already climbed the Eiffel Tower eleven years ago, so we have no need (or desire) to do that again.
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  • Day33

    Mustard or wine...what is your choice?

    June 12, 2017 in France ⋅ ⛅ 25 °C

    Well mine was wine! So we stayed in Beaune not Dijon. Though I have to say Dijon is reportedly a very pretty city. Beaune is lovely too. I had to see the Hospital de Dieu. Founded and built in 1423 for the treatment of the poor. At that time Burgundy had been ravaged by the 100 years war with marauding bandits stealing from the peasantry. A wealthy landowner set up the foundation and got others to contribute ending up with not only a hospital but land for substantial vineyards and a farm. The hospital was staffed by nuns and was still treating patients I the 1950's. One good story was that during the occupation of the hospital in WW2 by the Germans. A sick French officer was smuggled out in a coffin. When asked by the Gestapo​ where he was they said he had died. Vive la France
    We meet a lovely Dutch couple and I have put in a photo of the lady with her cute doggy.
    I enjoyed the wine and was rather woosey come evening!
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  • Day6

    Musee du Vin de Bourgogne

    August 23, 2019 in France ⋅ ☀️ 27 °C

    Zweite Hälfte des Tages... eine Führung durch den Weinkeller von Patriache Pere Et Fils mit einer kleinen Weinprobe.... Am Anebd gab es dann noch leckeres Essen in einer kleinen Brasserie.....

  • Day445

    Day 446: Vineyards of Burgundy

    May 6, 2018 in France ⋅ ☀️ 22 °C

    This area is the Burgundy wine region, which is of course a World Heritage site too. The vineyards stretch along a couple of roads south of the city, down to another place called Beaune. We drove down the road, checking out the vineyards and filming bits and pieces.

    Arrived in Beaune around lunchtime and had a 3 course meal for lunch - Shandos had snails while I had poached eggs in broth for entree, we both had a beef burgundy for main and then I had a peach tart for dessert. Great food, and all local style too.

    Filmed a bit in town, visited a wine chateau on the outskirts of the city then headed back to Dijon.
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You might also know this place by the following names:

Beaune, Горад Бон, Бон, بون, ボーヌ, 본, Belna, Bonas, 21200, 布蒙, 博讷

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