When you think of France, the first thing that comes to mind is Paris.  However, France is more than Just Paris.    This past December 2016, I had the opportunity to visit France and explore the countryside of Burgundy region; in particular,  I was in the town of Beaune.  When I arrived I just fell in love and told myself that in the future, I will see more of France rather than visiting Paris only.

Anywho, Beaune (French pronunciation: [bon]  ) is the wine capital of Burgundy in the Côte d’Or department in eastern France.  The cobblestone town is renowned for an annual wine auction held at the Hôtel-Dieu (Hospices de Beaune). 

Now to get there, it is about a 3 hour train ride from Paris which is worth the journey.  However, my mode of transportation was a tour bus which allowed me to see more of the countryside.   

So do you have your hand in the mouse or on the screen of your smartphone for the digital scroll down of one of the most beautiful towns in France?

As you approach Beaune, you see the most majestic Chateaux.   For a minute, I thought I was transported back into time.

Walled City

Beaune is a walled city, with about half of the battlements, ramparts, and the moat, having survived in good condition

Inside the Walled City

Notre-Dame de Beaune

Also known as the “Daughter of Cluny”, the Church represents a beautiful example of Burgundian Romanesque architecture.

Hospices de Beaune

The Hospices de Beaune (A hospital foundation from the Middle Ages) is one of France’s most prestigious historic monuments. Its flamboyant Gothic architecture make this museum one of Burgundy’s gems.

City Centre

Now with all that walking, I got hungry.  Bon Appétit!

Hope you enjoyed the visual presentation of this beautiful town and if you are ever in France, go an explore Beaune.

  1. I did a (really short) tour through France once and really loved the countryside as well! It’s straight out of a fairytale! And being in such famous wine country would have been an added bonus.

  2. I always want to visit countryside of European country. You captured the beauty of Beaune. You make me want to go there even more. I enjoyed your pictures much!

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