Cote d'Or

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  • Day50

    Dijon via Beaune motor museum

    June 30, 2019 in France ⋅ ⛅ 28 °C

    A short ride today as Mandy suggested I popped in to see the motor museum we didn't visit when we came through Beaune in the MG. It was a good suggestion as the museum was huge and I think I was one of very few visitors today. To hot I suspect. I took many photos of the hundreds of motorcycles, fiat abarth cars, fire engines, fighter aircraft, tractors, and the château. You can see all 200 of them if you click this link
    Then back on the bike to Dijon which isn't far but by then the heat was stifling. I had a quick rest then came out in the heat to explore. I knew I was close to the centre and the cathedral. Before I entered the cathedral I could hear there was a mass in progress so at first I just peeked inside then set my camera for no flash and went in and down the side of what was a very full church. The mass must have been a special one because there were around fifty priests at the front with standing room only everywhere. Of course it was all in French but I was mesmerised by it all especially when the organ started and everyone started singing. I found it quiet moving. When I came out I noticed at the side a police van with several men dressed in riot gear watching everyone.
    Then I walked into what is a beautiful old city, ending up at the museum of art where I took more photos you can see on this link
    I was told Dijon is lovely and I agree. Even the trams are pretty.
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  • Day468

    St Jean de Losne and Dole

    July 4 in France ⋅ ☀️ 22 °C

    We arrived in St Jean yesterday and had a wander around, there is a huge marina and it’s where the canal de Bourgogne meets the Saone and on that first/last section of the Canal lots of boats, barges Peniches are rafted and there are chandlers, a dry dock, and lots of services mechanics, carpenters etc. when I looked on a map it made sense it’s kind of where 4different routes meet the Saône to flow into the Rhône and reach the south of France so has been a boating centre for centuries. We had thought about taking the boat to Dole but worked out that with 9locks over 19km it would be a lot faster to cycle. The cycle took longer on the way there due to a navigation error on my part but it was a beautiful town lovely buildings, great atmosphere, no one appeared in the least bit worried about Covid and a Saturday market where John was able to buy GF fougasse, Lemon tart and macaroons, delicious he informs me. The French schools are now officially on holiday and so are a lot of the French and other Europeans we have seen lots of hire boats and more liveaboards moving around. Tomorrow we plan to head to Auxonne to shop and do laundry before we enter the smaller waterways and the Canal entre Champagne and Bourgogne.Read more

  • Day470


    July 6 in France ⋅ ☁️ 21 °C

    Well we have been shopping and the laundry is drying, John as lowered the radar so we are almost ready for our last day on the Saône. Auxonne has been a military base since before Napoleon who did some of his training here. There is still a base and they appear to occupy a lot of the original barrack buildings etc. there is also an old Chateau and a pretty Port full of what appear to be very expensive boats but the town itself is dying or perhaps it’s just because it’s Monday and lots of places don’t open on mondays. Meeting couple from boat next door for drinks later they have been on the canals for 5 years so should have some fun stories for us. Sadly the temperature is due to increase over the next week, Sod’s law just when we have to lower the Bimini for the bridges, we will steer from inside but as there are over 100 locks over a distance 225km we will be in and out and up and down like yo-yos.
    Internet is going to be iffy for a while but will be in touch when we can. Keep safe everyone.
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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.
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  • Day315

    A little whine

    September 7, 2019 in France ⋅ ⛅ 21 °C

    Pommard, built around 1760 on the outskirts of Baune, ( Cote de Beaune one might say,) is a typical example of the Burgundy landscape, where every village manor is a chateau and every grape has its own fiercely protected DOC. Burgundians are known for their tight grasp on their wallets and their wines, making potential customers pay dearly for sampling the produce and even more dearly for the social cachet of owning a bottle, whose price rises in increments of 30 Euros from 30 Euros up to the current world record of about 2500 Euros for a 3/4 litres of Romanee Conti, (vinyard shown.)
    I came as close to trying the wine by eating one of their grapes, a 2019 Pinot Noir, and frankly, it wasn't much to sing and dance about.
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  • 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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  • Day316

    Picnic with chocolate

    September 8, 2019 in France ⋅ ⛅ 13 °C

    My host administers the site "Friends of Burgundy", consisting of American and English expats. One of the first events they organised was a wine tasting / picnic to which I was invited. The winery by Alise Sainte Reine is relatively new. It was started by a wealthy surgeon from Lyon who died after spending his money establishing the vines but before he could sample any of his vintages. His wife took over, although since she lives ion an island off Madagascar, she doesn't have much to do with the day to day operation.
    The day itself was cold and overcast, the only such day this month, but we could use one of their halls so all went well. The wines were forgettable.
    The nearby town is Flavigny-sur-Ozerain where the film "Chocolat"was filmed, so here are some shots to remind you of it.
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  • Day313

    Rooting around

    September 5, 2019 in France ⋅ ⛅ 19 °C

    Once we went to the truffle farm where we learned about the 4 types cultivated locally befor Jack, the over excited truffle hound, dug up some previously hidden truffles to demonstrate the truffle hunt. If you want to experience it, just bury a bone in your backyard and watch your pooch dig it up.
    We had rather an expensive lunch there, every course with truffles but it did not impress us overmuch. The taste of truffles can easily be tried by diluting fresh forest mushrooms and it wont cost you the price on the blackboard; the cheapest they sell.
    The roots decorating the ceiling are supposed to show where the truffle can be found.
    BTW The Lagotto Romagnolo is a medium-sized, water retriever and truffle hunter with curly hair and a great disposition. It is depicted in books dating back to 1591 and 1630, and there are some references back to the 1400s.
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  • Day53


    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

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Département de la Côte-d'Or, Departement de la Cote-d'Or, Cote d'Or, Cote D'Or, Côte-d'Or

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