Yes, a wet day, but it didn’t dampen our spirits, and after a superb breakfast of breads, pastries, a delicious cherry clafouti, soft boiled eggs etc, we made our way to the Hotel-Dieu. Also known as the Hospices of Beaune, it was founded in 1443 by Nicholas Rolin, Chancellor of Burgundy, as a hospital for the poor. The elderly, sick & destitute are offered treatment and refuge to this day. A fine example of Northern Renaissance architecture, it is famous for it’s roof of typical Burgundian coloured tiles.
Unfortunately, the Petit Train was booked out by tour groups – it’s usually good to take a Petit Train in various towns, in order to get an overview of the area and history. So after a lunch of onion soup (welcome on this wet day!) we went out of town to the Clos de Vougeot, a vineyard that was established in the 12th century by Cistercian monks. The Chateau itself dates from the Renaissance period. Clos Vougeot was for centuries considered the finest of all burgundies, but no wine is produced there now. The Clos de Vougeot is now the seat of the Confrerie des Chevaliers du Tastevin.