After a two-minute ride on a fenicular railway from the old town weary retired travellers find themselves at the cathedral Notre-Dame de Fourviere (the building featured on Sylvia's earlier blog - Time to Stitch). We were directed down some steps into a quite serviceable sanctuary, complete with art, stained glass and an impressive altar.
To one side of the nave steps lead up to another space atop the first. I think startled probably best described our reaction to this main sanctuary, with its astonishing colour and ornamentation. More surprising still is that this building was constructed quite recently - in the 19th century.
Obviously the main space is used for the 9am traditional service while the 10:30am family service is held downstairs.
Bruce (Sylvia insisted that I took ownership of my contributions)
The mark of good accommodation is the functionality of the wash basin plug mechanism. For this reason we always carry a universal plastic plug. So far only one basin has been capable of retaining water long enough for a quick shave.
North of Beaune, on the way to Dijon, is the quaint town of Nuits Saint Georges, and the vineyards of the Cotes de Nuits.
We walked along a 5km loop from the town through vineyards that are just showing their spring foliage. Being a weekday there were many workers tending the vines - weeding mainly.
Some fine public art can be found in the town centre. I think I know the model for this statue.
There are many villages and chateaux between Nuit Saint Georges and Beaune. This is the Chateau de Corton-Andre which has towers, a flash roof and a rather appealing front door.
We set off this morning for Paris then by train to Dijon in Burgundy. Our main aim is to escape at least part of the Canberra winter. So far this is not going well. In short, the maximum temperature forecast for Canberra on Saturday is 18 degrees. Dijon is expecting a maximum of 9 and showers. But don't fret, we are bound to find something warming to see and eat.