Beaune- Bone/Boone/bowon/burn/bown?!

As you can tell from the title, I have absolutely no idea on the pronunciation of this one. Even French people would give me different answers, so just pick one and go for it I guess!

Beaune is a town in the Burgundy wine region, just south of Dijon.

The vineyards of Burgundy

The vineyards of Burgundy

Other than vineyards absolutely everywhere, the very first thing I noticed in Beaune were the foreign cars. Everywhere. It was clear from entering the area, and especially on checking-in at the hotel, that this was a very touristy place.

We arrived quite late on the first day, so only briefly headed into the town to get some dinner. On the way in we came across an art mural, with the recognisable tiles of the Hôtel Dieu.

Art mural film set

Art mural film set

Beaune lights up many of it’s buildings at night, often with videos projected onto the walls. It reminded me a little bit of Lyon’s Fête des Lumières (Festival of lights), only on a smaller scale and a daily basis!

Beaune's light show

Beaune’s light show

The town is very picturesque, with some very old buildings and beautiful architecture.

Picturesque Beaune

Picturesque Beaune

Old architecture

Old architecture

The main tourist attraction is Hôtel Dieu, an old hospital founded in the 1400’s for the poor.

Hôtel Dieu courtyard

Hôtel Dieu courtyard

The old hospice is now a museum, remembering the history of everything that happened in the hospice.

The old chapel

The old chapel

Hospital beds in the huge hall

Hospital beds in the huge hall

Having a look around the city, we found the main church, a grand building right in the centre of the town. Inside it held a small exhibition with tapis/rugs on display.

Collégiale Notre-Dame

Collégiale Notre-Dame

As we were in the heart of the wine region, we of course had to do some wine-tasting. We headed to the Marché au vins to try some wine which was grown in the local villages around Beaune.

Burgundy wines

Burgundy wines

There were lots of wines to try, with the option of buying at the end.

The caves

The caves

The touristy wine-tasting places like this often charge entrance and are very commercialised. The ‘caves’ that we preferred were out in the countryside, in the small villages. You will get a much more personal service and can try wines which are often right from that village.

That just about sums up Beaune. A small town but worth a visit, especially for the wine connoisseurs!

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