Friday, June 17, 2011

Slowing Down in Beaune

After Paris, we took the train from Gare Lyon to Dijon, then transfered to a residential train for the the short 17 minute ride to Beaune. Beaune is the heart of Burgundy wine country. We spent 3 days at the Le Cep Hotel and really enjoyed this very small town. There are only about 5 hotels in the entire town. This was a perfect change from bustling Paris. We got to enjoy great food, wine and a really great market. It is definitely a tourist town, but not in a tacky-souvenir-shop way. It is full of lovely reasonably-priced restaurants, a few Michelin-starred restaurants, and tons and tons of wine-related tasting and shopping opportunities. I think we probably enjoyed our favorite meals of the trip in Beaune. I'm still working on my France food post with details of all the face-stuffing we did. We had lovely weather and just enjoyed being together with no particular itinerary. Up to this point, we really hadn't seen Richard much on the vacation as he worked most of the time in the Paris office. My parents got to do a great wine tour in which they were escorted to several vineyards and toured a few cellars all while dining on fabulous meals. Richard & I settled for doing a couple of tastings in town and Harris mostly enjoyed being out of the pram more than he had in Paris.

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