The region of Burgundy is one of the top producing wine regions in France and is not too far of a drive from Paris, which is where we flew into. We researched different areas of the region and decided to make the small town of Beaune our base for the weekend.
|A snowy morning in Beaune|
|A quiet street|
|On a walk before the tasting|
|Posing in front of Collegiale Notre-Dame|
|The back of the cathedral|
|Beaune at night|
|A selection of cheeses at dinner|
The wine tasting later in the day was self guided - they gave us a tasting 'dish', a list of wines to taste and an hour to finish. After running into the couple from the morning on the stairs of the cellar, we tasted another 12 wines at our own pace down in the caves of Beaune. Including tasting another five wines at a small shop next door and wine with lunch and dinner, we tasted 34 wines that day... plenty!
|Interesting contraptions to taste wine in...|
The next morning we went to the Beaune market, which is held weekly in the center of town. This was a gourmet food lovers heaven. Fine cheeses, truffles, varieties of mushrooms, infused olive oils, balsamic vinegars, breads, and an abundance of flavored salamis closed in on you as you walked the aisles of the market. The smells lured us into many of the stalls and we found ourselves buying oils and salts made with truffles and various French cheeses. Around the corner the market continued with non-food items such as wicker baskets, clothes, and music. It was a classic French experience; a man was playing the accordion nearby, young children were saying "bonjour" to us as we passed them down the street, and men and women were carrying their wicker baskets with fresh loaves of bread hanging out of the top.
|The outdoor section|
|The indoor market|
|A variety of flavored salamis|
After spending the morning in Beaune we drove 45 minutes north to the city of Dijon. The attractive capital city of Burgundy, Dijon (yes, the same city in which Dijon mustard is named after and is still locally produced) is filled with classic medieval and Renaissance buildings. Traffic is restricted in the center of the city so we found many parts of it quiet and relaxing.
We decided to follow the "Owl Trail" which is a walk through the city where you follow the owl markers on the street to lead you to your next destination. The trail took us to many important sights in the city, as well as some hidden gems that we would have otherwise missed. It took us right through the center of town where an ice skating rink had been put up and vin chaud (hot, mulled wine) was being served to keep everyone warm.
|Follow the owl!|
|A plaza with an ice skating rink|
|Towers of Notre Dame|
|Church of Eglise St. Michel|
|A cup of vin chaud, vino caldo, gluhwein, mulled wine... in all languages it is delicious!|