Monday, April 2, 2012

Beaune, France - A Walking Tour


Of all the places we saw in France, Beaune was definitely a city I felt most comfortable in, almost like I could live there - you know, if it wasn't for the language barrier.  It was quaint and at the same time you could tell it was more of a booming town compared to others in Southern Burgundy.  With many restaurants including one featuring Italian cuisine in France and wineries, all within walking distances, Beaune is ideal for any and all interests.  Especially if you are the type that likes wine...


The definite highlight of the town was the Hospice de Beaune which is worth a post itself and will be featured on day H of the A to Z Challenge a week from today.  Make sure you come back and check it out because it is truly amazing.


Another must see in Beaune is the square with its diverse market.



Trust me when I tell you...the cheese stands alone.  My husband couldn't even stand there without covering his nose, he's so versatile and entirely cultured. Don't let his meat and potato mentality fool you.




Then last but certainly not least, the only reason I would have enjoyed having my kids along on this trip:  The Carousel!


This carousel was built in 1900 and is still in working order and in better shape than some I've seen that are not half as old in the US.


I would definitely recommend Beaune, France to anyone who wants to get the cultural aspect of France without the hustle and bustle that Paris is. Also a must see for anyone of Catholic descent because of the hospice.  I can't wait for you to see what my pictures won't do justice.  



27 comments:

Daddy's in Charge? said...

Looks awesome... We went to Honfleur an they had a carousel there. The boys loved it!

udita banerjee said...

Beautiful writing, awesome pictures, shared love for coffee. I had to start following you :)

CoffeeLovinMom said...

I'm glad you found your way here!

JR Reed said...

Normally I'm not big on the French as a whole, but this place sounds pretty cool.

CoffeeLovinMom said...

My husband has that same mentality...he was not excited about this trip. He was overly nervous in Paris but here it was much more laid back.
If you come back on the Paris day, you will see in his face what I'm talking about...

Jennifer Hall said...

When did you take this trip? So interesting how you're sharing it with us.

laughing abi said...

Those pics don't even look real! Soooo jealous!

MAJK said...

So exciting and exotic! From one coffee lover to another, I toast you!

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CoffeeLovinMom said...

This was the last trip we took to France in October 2010 - I was let go from that job a little over a year ago.

CoffeeLovinMom said...

I really am excited to be sharing these - it's almost like doing it again. The pictures never even do it justice - seriously some of it was like walking onto a movie set.

Sarcasm Goddess said...

Cheese! *Drool* I'll forgive you for not taking me with you since we didn't know each other at the time. Bu the next time you go, I'm hiding in your suitcase.

Janna Hull said...

I'm excited to see the rest of your posts. I group up in Belgium and we would visit France a lot. I miss the cheese!

Angela Tague said...

Thank you for sharing your trip with us! I went to France many years ago and fell in love with so many small towns: Chamonix, Anglet and Biarritz to name a few. It's such a magical place! I look forward to the rest of yoru A to Z posts! ~ Angela, Whole Foods Living, http://www.wholefoodsliving.blogspot.com/

Duncan said...

Hi there and thanks for explaining about Beaune. Sounds like a very beautiful and charming place!

This is me, Duncan D. Horne, visiting you from the A-Z challenge, wishing you all the best throughout April and beyond.

Duncan In Kuantan

Barbara Zając said...

Great pictures! Thank you for sharing :) France looks cool... maybe, one day...

Nice to meet you through the A-Z Challenge!

English Speaking Zone

Barbara said...

This is also one of my favorite places in France although the Bourgougne region is definitely my favorite. My kids loved the carousel.

Julie said...

I love the photo of all the baskets. When I was in Europe we stopped to see a guy who was like 90 and still hand weaving baskets. I didn't really appreciate it then, but seeing your photo made me think of him and how I hope we honored his life's work when we were there! Great stuff Miss Amy!

Andi-Roo said...

Oh, now I want to go on a vacation there! I lived in Southern Italy as a child, & some of your pics take me back there... I could almost smell the market (esp. the cheese!)... ahhh... makes my heart ache for "home". Some day, some day... thank you for bringing this poignant memory fresh to mind. :)

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CoffeeLovinMom said...

Get a passport, I will win the lottery here soon and will pay your expenses

CoffeeLovinMom said...

There is nothing like the cheese there..so many to choose, I like the creamier variety

CoffeeLovinMom said...

Definitely preferred the small towns to Paris that's for sure. I love the people I'm meeting that have been the places I have. It's neat to compare notes..

CoffeeLovinMom said...

Charming indeed! Thanks for visiting Duncan!

CoffeeLovinMom said...

I will sell you before the month is over...that maybe doesn't sound convincing enough

CoffeeLovinMom said...

I've heard so many good things about that region - that was the most popular cruise areas we sold.

CoffeeLovinMom said...

You crack me up! I will have you going a bunch of different places before the month is over..Italy is one place I would love to visit. I'm glad I could bring back a good memory for you!

CoffeeLovinMom said...

You know that basket photo was one of a handful that my boss liked out of the hundreds I took on that trip. In hindsight, I don't feel like I appreciated it then either which only makes me long to go back..

JR Reed said...

I subscribe so I'm very sure I will be back. Please accept my apologies if I mock the French. It just seems like the right thing to do.

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