Friday, November 10th, 2000 Bueane, France
Our goal today: To see four different towns. During breakfast we met the other guests who had arrived last night. They left right after breakfast. They were a French couple and his father. He was a heart doctor. The father had another son who lives in the USA. Originally in Tustin near us but now lives in Tucson, Arizona.
Off about 10 am, the weather is overcast - not raining but cold. Stopped in Flavigny at the Abbey for the Anis bread but it was already closed for lunch. Walked about, raining, and found the store. Found candy but not the bread. The whole town smelled like Anis! (licorice/black candy sometimes spelled anise in America)
On to Bussy-Rabutin Chateau. It was also closed but due to open at 2 pm. So pretty we decided to return. Then on to the Abbey de Fontenay. Restored to it’s earlier condition. Very famous. Built by St. Bernard. Beautifully restored. We really enjoyed our visit there. Left and went back to Bussy-Rabutin for another wonderful tour.
Left and drove through Semur-en-Auxons. Will return tomorrow, but today our goal was to reach Beaune before the wine tasting place closed. Arrived before 5 pm and spent an hour testing about fifteen different wines. Ended up purchasing wine tasting cups to take home for a party. David explained the use of the cup to us when we returned home to the Lady A. The groves are to test the clarity of the white and the circles are for the red.A French couple had arrived before we returned home. They spoke limited English and we had a delightful dinner of lamb on the boat. Two additional guest, two single women, arrived just as we finished eating.