Beaune is yet another city that I never knew existed and yet one of these that is considered a "must-see" in France. This city is only about half an hour away from Dijon and conveniently was on our way home. We decided that we would only stop in for lunch but ended up walking around the city and enjoying the sights.
Beaune is actually at the end of the wine trail in Burgundy (or the beginning if you are optimistic). From here you can take the small national roads stopping into wineries and sampling all of their delicious samples. Thanks to baby #2, this was not part of our day - but I still hold out hope for a trip in the future.
Beaune is also famous for their "hospice" an ancient hospital that has since been converted to a museum. The hospital was gifted land where they began growing grapes and making wine (what else) to help take care of the sick and poor people of the city. Eventually, the hospital became self sufficient and began growing gaining a great reputation in France.
The vineyards are still there and you can still buy some Hospice wine if you so choose. There is still a retirement (nursing) home that is operating and still runs on the profits from the wine.
While the history is fun, the most impressive thing about the hospice is the thatched roof in bright and colorful patterns. This was the first building in the region to have this kind of roof and then it became traditional of Burgundy. Isn't it pretty?
Other than the hospice and the wines there aren't too many other things to see in Beaune, so after our nice tour we ate lunch and ended our wonderful vacation.
After traveling for 2 straight weeks by car, I think we have had our fill of vacations until next year!
Would you love to do a car trip for 2 weeks?