As the late afternoon approaches, I head back towards the city center. I take the opportunity to do a little window-shopping. I arrive at Place Carnot, where I can catch the shuttle bus that takes me to la Cité des Climats et vins de Bourgogne. The tour is not free (and well worth it). But today, my challenge was to visit Beaune without spending any money. So what can I do at this new Cité des Climats without opening my wallet?
Well, quite simply, I can go to thea terrace on the 5th floor of this magnificent building and admire the view over the vineyards of the Côte and Hautes-Côtes de Beaune. At the end of the summer, I’ll be able to enjoy the beautiful light of the setting sun, hand in hand with my lover.
Hoping he’ll take me to one of the best restaurants in Beaune or the surrounding area to celebrate this economic day.
But my curiosity is whetted, I’ll be back tomorrow morning with the kids to do the Cité tour route. There are specially-designed areas so that children too can get acquainted with the Climates of Burgundy. As for my husband, he can always learn about oenology while waiting for us at the Ecole des Vins.
I’m already planning a next weekend when this time he’ll take the kids to Beaune Côté Plage, and it’ll be my turn to discover the wines of Burgundy from the inside. I’ve spotted a “Food and Wine pairing” tasting workshop at Château de la Crée, in Santenay, which would be just right for me.