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Beaune

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  • Day445

    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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  • Day33

    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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  • Day34

    Montreaux -Lausanne- Beaune

    May 28, 2016 in France

    Caught train to Lausanne at 10. Lausanne a large town by the lake which holds the Olympic museum. We walked up the hill to the old town, took photos of a cathedral and city scape views. We bought lunch food- tomatoes , lettuce, bread and a chicken ( was v expensive -12 Swiss francs. I spent all our cash. Had lunch in a park on the way yo the botanic gardens. Some pretty plants in a tiny garden but it did have cute green striped frogs! It was a really warm day after the rain had stopped when we left Montreaux. Now very warm as we found our way the the Olympic Museum. It was worth the money, a great interactive centre. Uniforms of old and new, history of Olympics, the torches and how the flame in them has changed - now butane gas fed. The medals of each country .Equipment samples eg luge, bicycle from velodrome. On way back up the hill ( from lakefront) we saw a group of protesters S photographed. We stopped in a cafe for a Swiss Pure Blonde beer( comes in a bottle with a stopper)& piece of berry crumble to share. We had used the railway locker for our big bags & now we needed them for the trip to Beaune, our destination for the next 2 days. Train change at Dijon from TGV, & passport checked by the Swiss, then regional train to Beaune.Arrived at9:20 & it began to pour!!! I helped a mum with a little baby in pram with all the ups and downs of the station stairs. Then we put on our wet weather gear & searched for the hotel which S had directions for asking a hotelier and shop keeper on the way. Arrived like drenched rats!! The streets were flooding.Stephen has hung a clothes line up for the wet stuff as there is an air conditioner we can use to dry them. Not sure what we will be able to do tomorrow!!! Maybe wine tasting!!!Read more

  • Day15

    Hotel Dieu - Beaune

    September 20, 2015 in France

    Another fine day and the plan is for a self guided trip - to Beaune, one of the wine communes of the Côte de Beaune subregion of the Burgundy wine region. But for us it was just another interesting old city to go ramble about. It was only about half an hour by train from Dijon. Stevie, our guide from the day before had marked out some suggestions on our map, but we were pretty much on our own to explore the city.

    The Hotel Dieu was a highlight - run by the Hospices de Beaune it was a hospital for the poor (and not so poor - you could pay for a bit of extra comfort). It was certainly ahead of its time and even got support from Louis IVX who seems to pop up all over the place.

    A wine tasting tour in tunnels under the city was another interesting diversion for the day, even if we still can't really taste the difference good wine and really good wine and really, really ... well you get the picture.
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