Mâcon in Burgundy

30 July 2015 | Author/Destination: | Rubric: General Reading Time:  7 minutes

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Mâcon is a small city in east-central France. It is the prefecture of the department of Saône-et-Loire, located in Burgundy. Mâcon is home to over 35,000 residents, who are referred to in French as Mâconnais. The area west and north of Mâcon produces well-known wines from the Chardonnay grape. The best known appellation of the Mâconnais is Pouilly-Fuissé. The city lies on the western bank of the Saône river, between Bresse in the east and the Beaujolais hills in the south. Mâcon is the southernmost city in the region of Burgundy. It is located 65 kilometres (40 miles) north of Lyon and 400 kilometres (249 miles) from Paris.   read more…

Hôtel-Dieu de Beaune‎ in Burgundy

14 September 2013 | Author/Destination: | Rubric: General, Museums, Exhibitions Reading Time:  6 minutes

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The Hospices de Beaune or Hôtel-Dieu de Beaune is a former charitable almshouse in Beaune in the Burgundy region. It was founded in 1443 by Nicolas Rolin, chancellor of Burgundy, as a hospital for the poor and needy. The original hospital building, the Hôtel-Dieu, one of the finest examples of French fifteenth-century architecture, is now a museum. Services for patients are now provided in modern hospital buildings.   read more…

Dijon, capital of Burgundy

9 August 2011 | Author/Destination: | Rubric: General, Architecture Reading Time:  10 minutes

Maille Mustard Store © Arnaud 25

Maille Mustard Store © Arnaud 25

Dijon is a city in eastern France, the capital of the Côte-d’Or département and of the Burgundy region. Dijon is the historical capital of the province of Burgundy. Population 155,000 within the city limits; 251,000 for the greater Dijon area. This province was home to the Dukes of Burgundy from the early 11th until the late 15th centuries and Dijon was a place of tremendous wealth and power and one of the great European centres of art, learning and science. The Duchy of Burgundy was a key in the transformation of medieval times toward early modern Europe.   read more…

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