24 Bd Foch, Beaune, 21200, France
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Student group grinding grain at Bibracte
Travel Tips for Beaune
Visit Guedelon, a 13th century chateau in progress
A great day trip from Beaune is west to St. Fargeau and then on to Chantier medieval de Guedelon where they are building a chateau using only 13th century tools and 13th century methods. It is a work in progress that you can view from year to year as it is completed. There is a veritable medieval village built up there now and you are free to wander through and talk to the artisans as you watch them at their work.
We were there on a very rainy day in May and the rain did not deter the many French schoolchildren on field trips to the site. They trod about in their Wellies and carrying their little backpacks thoroughly enjoying themselves. We had our umbrellas but unfortunately not our Wellingtons so had very wet feet by the end of the visit, but it was a wonderful experience and one I'd highly recommend.
Guédelon is open from 15th March to 2nd November 2010 but closed on Wednesday, except in July and August. There is a tavern and a marvelous gift shop. Photos are allowed.
Wine-Tour : Vineyards
On the tour we stopped at the vineyards where several aspects of growing vines were explained. Also influences of the weather, types of grapes etc. The classification system, grand: premier etc were explained.
This part of the tour was very interesting and gave a lot of insight into where the wonderful wine of Burgundy comes from.
We visited vineyards southe of Beaune - 'Cote de beaune'.
Beaune - Great Home Base for Burgundy Wines
I decided to visit Beaune (pronounced "bone") because I wanted to taste the wines of Burgundy and explore the vineyards. Several guide books recommended it as a "home base" and this was great advice. In addition to being located smack in the center of the Cote D'Or (the Burgundy Valley), the town itself offers a lot of charm and history (the city is still surrounded by a wall and the remnants of a mote). The city center was much smaller than I had anticipated from viewing the maps ahead of time; one can easily walk from one side to the other in less than 10 minutes. My wife and I took a TGV from Paris to Dijon and rented a car at the train station to drive to Beaune (thinking it would be nice to explore the vineyards). While we really enjoyed the drive to and from the city, the car remained parked otherwise (it's not necessary). If you're planning to visit Beaune, I recommend you contact the Tourist Information Office (Office de Tourisme de Beaune) at www.ot-beaune.fr for information about sights, tours, etc. and to request a map.