We took a bus to Lyon and were supposed to take a train to Beaune. However, there were train strikes occurring and we found out our few hours of travel could now potentially take us the whole day. We decided to rent a car instead, and drive to Beaune.
We squeezed ourselves into our rental car, and were on our way.
We arrived in Beaune and settled in to our next apartment, which was located on the outskirts of the city. We choose Beaune because of it’s proximity to wineries within the Burgandy region. We were definitely excited for all the local, delicious wines.
The center of Beaune is located within the walls of the former castle of the Duke of Burgandy. It had an incredibly historical and quaint feel to it.
We unpacked in our new apartment, and walked into town to explore.
Eventually, we settled in for dinner, which was…salad and French fries.
We had a spacious balcony at the apartment, and we enjoyed many bottles of delicious wine from the region. I loved these moments of slowing down, sipping wine and taking the whole trip in.
The next day, we slept it (it was much needed!) then walked into town. We explored around some more, and visited the local cathedral.
We chose a café in town for lunch and ordered…..you guessed it! Salad and French fries. The salad was not even listed on the menu, my husband asked if we could have a green salad and we received some lettuce, with olive oil drizzled on. This actually cost a ridiculous amount of money, to top it off. Needless to say, we were pretty hungry at this point.
We decided to take a trip to the local market, and our friend announced he would be making a vegan risotto for dinner.
We spent the rest of the day relaxing in our apartment, drinking amazing wine and feasted on a great dinner of risotto, salad and grilled vegetables! My friend Mischa definitely saved me from being hangry!
The next day, we took Rick Steve’s advice and set out on a wine tour. Rick Steve’s France guidebook gives a detailed tour of the wineries in the Burgandy region.
We took a breathtaking drive through vineyards and hillsides, to visit three different wineries.
I found I definitely prefer French wine over Italian, and I feel in love with a few different white wines, which I normally do not care for.
On our tour, we found Chateau de la Rochepot, a restored castle from the 1400s. It started to lightly rain when we arrived, which made for the perfect setting to explore the castle.
After the Chateau, we drove out to a few more amazing spots, then made the turn around back to our apartment.
Beaune offered us so much charm, history and information on wine, but it was time to move on. We tried to get to sleep pretty early, because we had to be up extra early, to make our way into Paris!