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January 14, 2019

France: Hospices de Beaune

Hospices de Beaune or Hôtel-Dieu de Beaune

Our first visit to the Hospices de Beaune or Hôtel-Dieu de Beaune was on a rainy day in 2010. On the day we visited seeing the inside of the former charity hospital founded in 1443 was a good escape from the soaking rains. The rains unfortunately caused us to miss getting good pictures at the exterior of the building, a fine example of 15th Century French architecture with a distinctive Burgundy tile roof. In August of 2018 we made it back on a sunny day. Nevertheless the light was not perfect for photos. We might just have to visit again. (more…)

January 13, 2019

France: Château de Bussy-Rabutin

Château de Bussy-Rabutin, also known as Château de Bussy-le-Grand

Surrounded by a moat, the small attractive Château de Bussy-Rabutin is situated up the hill in a forested drainage above the village of Bussy-le-Grand. The back-story of the château is interesting. Roger de Rabutin, Comte de Bussy from 1618–1693, was disgraced for supposedly having taken part in an orgy at the Château de Roissy, near Paris, during Holy Week. Bussy was ordered by King Louis XIV to retire to his estates. (more…)

January 4, 2019

France: Château de la Rochepot

Château de la Rochepot with its Burgundy tile roof

Near the commune of La Rochepot France, on the drive from our base in Saint Jean de Losne to Autun we caught a quick glimpse over the shoulder of a large château topped with an eye-catching Burgundy-tile roof. Driving through Europe tends to be like this. There’s often an appealing distraction on the way to the chosen destination. It takes discipline to continue driving. (more…)

France: Autun

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Autun, a typically attractive French commune

Our visit to Autun in Burgundy France was proof that the brown road signs along the French autoroutes work. We passed by the signs promoting Autun several times as we sped through the area on the north-south motorway. Repetition was the key: A visit became inevitable only after seeing the signs several times. At this point Autun seemed almost famous. How could we not visit? (more…)

January 3, 2019

France: Burgundy, Wine Festivals

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Domaine d’Arlot’s wines and a map of the vineyards

The French regularly drink wine. There’s little doubt about that. But where do they buy the wine they drink? In 2018 we learned a little more about how the French purchase wine. (more…)

December 13, 2018

France: Époisses de Bourgogne

Melting at room temperature: Époisses de Bourgogne’s rind is often rinsed with Marc de Bourgogne.

Époisses de Bourgogne ranks as one of our favorite cheeses. It’s reach, creamy, and slightly salty with pungent complexity that varies as it ages. At its best I’m not sure that we’ve ever encountered a better soft cheese. (more…)

November 19, 2018

France: Château de Savigny-lès-Beaune

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This North American F-86D at Château de Savigny-lès-Beaune.was used by the Royal Danish Air Force but has been repainted to represent North American F-86D Sabre USAF 23667/FU-667.

Attractive villages are sprinkled along the base of the Côte-d’Or escarpment in Burgundy. Gevrey-Chambertin, Chassange-Montrachet, Nuits-Saint-Georges, Morey-Saint-Denis, Chambolle-Musigny, Vosne-Romanée: The names of the towns read like the expensive section of the wine list in a posh restaurant. This is the heart of the Burgundian wine country. The vineyards in this region produce some of the most sought after wines in the world. Like pendants on a necklace the famous communes are connected by the Rue des Grands Crus, a touristic road route that passes through some of the world’s most famous vineyards. (more…)

November 21, 2017

France: Châteauneuf-en-Auxois

The “new” château at Châteauneuf-en-Auxois

is one of at least 33 communes in France with “Châteauneuf” in the name. The Côte-d’Or version features a turreted castle that overlooks the Autoroute du Soleil or A6. We’ve whizzed through the area many times on the freeway and have seen the château with its ferry tale turrets on the hilltop. On the side of the autoroute a brown tourist sign tells passing motorists that the Château de Châteauneuf is nearby. Through the windshield Châteauneuf, up on the hill in the distance, looked interesting. But passing by at 130 kph it never was convenient to visit. It wasn’t until we traveled through the area by canal that we actually had a chance to explore the town. (more…)

March 18, 2017

France: Côte d’Or

The commune of Vosne-Romanée

Burgundy’s most famous and most expensive wines originate in the Côte d’Or appellation, a band of vineyards extending from the southern outskirts of Dijon to Santenay. On the east side of this limestone escarpment the vineyards spill down the hillside onto the valley floor. A designated 60-kilometer long road route through the vineyards, the Route des Grands Crus, takes oenophiles (more…)

February 5, 2016

France: Hotel Barges

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Amaryllis pushes into the lock.

Amaryllis pushes into the lock.

Hotel barges are a comfortable way to experience France. On board one can cruise through the countryside in the lap of luxury. You can even glide through Burgundy’s vineyards while relaxing in a hot tub. (more…)

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