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This is the last day of the ten-day photo challenge in which Su from Zimmerbitch invited me to participate. Ten travel photos with no explanation. The only requirement is to nominate someone else to do the same and pingback to my blog. But it’s the last day and almost Christmas, so I’ll just ask anyone who wants to participate to do so and I hope you’ve enjoyed the series.

As we drove around the countryside near Fougerolles, we kept seeing signs for Foire aux Beignets de Cerises, the Fair of the Cherry Doughnuts.  We had to go!  So off we went in the early morning.

The first sight of course is the church steeple with those marvelous Burgundian tiles.  I shared photos of the cemetery, which you can see in the foreground, in a Thursday Doors post.

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Beaune, pronounced close to “bone” but with a slightly shorter “o”, is the wine capital of Burgundy, a walled city with an extensive old town and about half the battlements, ramparts and moat still remaining and in good condition.  It’s about 2 1/2 hours by car from Melisey by (mostly) highway, which deposits you near the old town.  In the surrounding countryside are some of the most famous wine villages and country of bucolic beauty, including the vineyards and clos of Aloxe-Corton and Nuits-St.-George.

In old town, almost every building has ancient beauty, at least if you lift your eyes above the generally newer business on the ground floor.  If you like history the way I do, there’s lots of eye candy to be seen!

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Don’t forget to look up!

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A typical Burgundian roof, ” toits bourguignons (Burgundian polychrome roofs) made of tiles glazed in terracotta, green, yellow and black and arranged in geometric patterns” (Wikipedia)

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Peek in as you go by.

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There’s more modern art to be seen as well.

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And more nooks and crannies than a Thomas’ English muffin!

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Beaune is also home to the Hospices de Beaune or Hôtel-Dieu de Beaune, a former almshouse.  But that’s a post for next time.  For now, raise your glass of Burgundy, sit back and get ready to enjoy the weekend.