Vineyards in Beaune, France
You won't find sparkling white sands beaches
and amusement parks in Beaune, France, but you will find gourmet wines and lots of them. Nestled in France's famous Burgundy (or "Champs Elysees") wine region is Beaune, with its quaint shops and outdoor markets, cafes and a wine museum. Tourists enjoy walks in the vineyards and gardens, seeing the Romanesque Notre Dame Basilica church, visiting wine cellars and participating in various festivals throughout the year.
Wows and Woes
Just outside the center of Beaune is the Parc de la Bouzaize with a delightful carousel and beautiful lake. Visit the former Carmelite convent to see the gorgeous gold and jewel-encrusted small statue of Louis XIV, given to the nuns by Queen Anne of Austria in 1638.
Beaune is a tourist hot spot, and is often crowded in the summer.
Take a guided tour of 18th century wine cellars, taste wines and shop at Caves de la Pedaugue. See how Burgundy wine is made at the Cremant de Bourgogne. Stay at the charming Au Grand Saint-Jean Hotel; it has wireless Internet access and satellite TV. Eat at Auberge du Cheval Noir; try the tempura langoustines.
Author's Most Memorable Moment
My most memorable moment was when I fell from a bicycle I rented while visiting Beaune. Though I was lucky and didn't sprain or break a limb, I had painful scrapes on my legs and knees. I was visibly upset. A kind native of Beaune came by and put my bike in his car, carried me back to the bike rental place and then took me to my hotel.
Beaune, France is a lovely city with citizens who love tourists. The best times to visit are spring and fall. Reasonably priced accommodations await tourists.
Ellen Kendall has 15 years of writing and editing experience. Her travel and insurance articles have appeared in national magazines. Her book contributions include biographies and multi-cultural and Holocaust lesson plans. She has previously served as a real estate broker and interior designer and taught ESL in Korea and at Duke.