Today we started very early….615 am. Being a night owl that is not ideal. However with the time change I’m not finding it too hard to adjust. However by 8pm i am wanting to go to bed.
We left Paris and headed off to Beaune, a city in the region of Burgundy. Burgundy is know for one of the oldest history’s in wine vineyards. France is known for old world wine which is decided by APOC. A set of laws and legislation that determines the type of grapes, when to harvest and how to prune. Similar to how France is known for having laws that decide which fashion houses can be considered Couture. French tend to take what they do very seriously and expect everyone else to do the same. Beaune is known for being the city where Joan of Arc was burned at the stake. After she defeated the British in France’s honor ending the 100 year war, the mayor of Beaune captured her. Doing this in hopes of a large sum of money, the king of France declined to rescue her due to pride. One thing lead to another and she was burnt at the stake in suspicion of being a witch. After the mayor discovered he made a terrible mistake he spent all his money building a hospital in Beaune called Hostel Dieu. This was in attempts to buy his way out of hell. It’s your own opinion on whether or not he was successful with his efforts.
After Beaune we moved on to Lyon, the second or third largest city in France depending on who you ask. There we got to see panoramic views, the Basilique de Fourviere, and explore the streets and restaurants of France’s capital of food. We walked through secret hallways due to there not being many streets and saw some wonderfully restored buildings. We got to explore old Lyon which was built in the 16th and 17th century. New Lyon is separated by the Seine river and wasn’t established until the 18th century. That is still pretty old if you ask me. Old Lyon has the only Roman remaining structures left in Lyon. We saw old Roman tombs and two theatres.
Tomorrow we are off to Monaco and Nice!!
Also had my first macaroon since the region on Burgundy is known as one of its inventors. I got stuck with pistachio so I’m still on the fence….