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France..In the Tiny Town of Beaune

How about a little stroll through the tiny town of Beaune (Bon)...It has been awhile since I have visited photo's sit and wait for me and I'm amazed that I let so much time go by since our trip in April. I have decided, for the most part, to use my Friday Find space to share France with you..I found so much, food, people, a new language to learn, earthy, musky, romantic smells, lotions, and shoes.  Lots of lovely shoes...Love is there, it's in the air.  So much to take in and soak up... I really want to dedicate a book to France but I have not given myself the time to edit and gather and then send it off to be I begin, today, in the town of the wine capital of Burgundy, in the Cote de Or department in Eastern France. It is located between Paris and Geneva.  Beaune is one of the key wine centers in France...I think it is the perfect place to a matter of husband bought a bottle of wine here for 50.00. He has yet to pop the cork...I think he is carrying it in the photo above...I'll fill you in on that later...let's begin....

Beaune is a walled city, with about half of the battlements, ramparts, and the moat, having survived and in good condition, and the central "old town" is extensive. Landmarks in Beaune include the Halles, the Hospices, the Beffroi, and Notre Dame.  Above is a photo of the Hotel Dieu, a charity hospital in Beaune..The Hôtel-Dieu was founded on 4 August 1443, when Burgundy was ruled by Duke Philip the GoodThe Hospices de Beaune received the first patient on 1 January 1452. Elderly, disabled and sick people, with orphans, women about to give birth and the destitute have all been uninterruptedly welcomed for treatment and refuge, from the Middle Ages until today.

 All the beds, all in a row..I was happy to see that they got to share in the sunshine...

So many sweet shops...and the open markets everyday, all over France, are something to experience...I'll show you more of this when we move on to Provence...I had to get two of these because of the many nuts and such big chunks.  I would go back just for this..

There is a comprehensive "traditional" shopping area clustered around the central square with a focus on gourmet food, fashion, and wine, while large supermarkets, business parks, etc., are situated on the outskirts of town.  This is one of the two streets for shopping...

Of course, outdoor cafe's in all the little villages..In April I was so happy it was warm enough to sit out...I love their lifestyle there...they "get" what life is all about...slow down, take time each be with friends, even if only for a cappuccino outside for an's seems they knew about Be Still well before we ever did.  It's part of their charm.

Although Beaune is not primarily a tourist town but one centred on the wine industry, it nevertheless attracts a large amount of tourism. About five traditional smaller hotels are located within the city walls with around five chain hotels on the outskirts.  For me, it was all about the country...they love their wine...but for me, I like what I'm used at home.  Then again, we haven't opened that $50.00 bottle I'm holding out judgement.  Even if it is the best wine ever, I seriously doubt I would ever pay that much for another bottle of wine...but I would definitely go back to France...See you in Provence. 

“One should always be drunk. That's all that matters...But with what? With wine, with poetry, or with virtue, as you chose. But get drunk.”― Charles Baudelaire

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Reader Comments (10)

Thank you Cheryl for the lovely tour via your blog! I'm waiting to hear how the $50.00 bottle of wine tastes! LOL That Nougat is just to-die-for! I received a bag of those this year - oh my! I want to make them but seriously doubt they would taste like those from France. What a romantic vacation....Love your photos and your stories. I hope you get your book will be so charming to sit and read some cold night by a firelight, with that $50.00 bottle of wine. xx

July 18, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterBeverly

hello friend....
someday i must see this for myself... but for now..... i will live through your photos...and words....
the light on the beds.... is just magical....and the shops... oh how i would love to browser through the shops....


July 18, 2014 | Unregistered Commenterkim klassen

good morning Cheryl...thank you for the tour around the quaint town of Beaune. Oh my, what a charming place. One of my dreams is to go to France and soak it all up. Thank you for sharing! Have a great weekend!

July 19, 2014 | Unregistered Commenternancyjean

Love these photos! Hubby and I are headed to France for two weeks the beginning of September and I am so excited to go!

July 20, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterLiz Thomas

So Beautiful. I would love to view all this history as well. What a Grand place.

July 21, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterLisa RedWillow

You bring France to us in the most beautiful way. Brings back many memories to me as a kid who spent time in France.

August 1, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterMarilyn

Well, FINALLY I have had some time to sit back and relax with you here in France. Thank you for this wonderful taste of such a beautiful place. I'd love to return some day, if I can ever get back on a plane. I love your descriptions, photos, and story telling . . . you are such a natural at sharing your adventures with us. I, too, am anxious to hear about your bottle of wine . . . just to get it home safely on the plane must have been an adventure! Bon Nuit!

August 2, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterAntoinette

Thank you Lovelies for your visit...I wish all of you could just hop on the plane and head on over there...I'm telling you the truth when I tell you the South of France will steal your for the wine...hand carried it home and our anniversary is August 18th so we will be enjoy that baby up here in Maine...I'll get back to you on whether it was worth all the fuss...but it sure was nice that Jim was the one who wanted it because he never wants much....Love your visit and your comments...

August 3, 2014 | Unregistered Commentercheryl c.

great stuff Cheryl! Love it!

December 9, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterMick Early

Thanks nice to see you here...

December 9, 2014 | Unregistered Commentercheryl c.

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