Early in the week we headed off towards Beaune to have a quick look at
the vineyards that line the road.
We stopped to take a closer look to see what made this such an ideal place for wine production.
The surrounding hills had become a little steeper with exposed rocky limestone cliffs topping many hills and when we looked closely the soil was dry and rocky too.
Apparently this is ideal.
Because it was so early in the Spring there was not much action in the vineyards but dotted along the road were lots of " Caves" ( cellars ) offering degustation but we drove on to Beaune.
We made our way to the celebrated Hotel-Dieu des Hospices de Beaune, a charity hospital founded in 1443.
The old hospital finally closed its doors in 1985 and is now beautifully preserved.
It is one of France's architectural highlights and is topped by a Gothic style roof of multicoloured glazed tiles.
This charity hospital offered accommodation and treatment originally for the poor but eventually for all who needed it and was run by nuns and priests.
Grateful, wealthy patients bequeathed fotunes to the hospice which invested the money in local vineyards and it now owns 60 acres of prime vineyards in the area..
A huge auction of their wine is held yearly in the coutryard of the hospice and netts 1.5 million Euros. This money helps to finance the new, modern hospital.
On our final day in Burgundy we drove through beautiful countryside to Dijon and we were glad we made the effort as it is a very nice city with some lovely old buildings.
We strolled through the streets
and came upon these huge undercover markets
selling all sorts of curious food
and of course cheese.