Sunday, April 12, 2009

Beaune: Friday 10th April 2009

We drove 30km out of Beaune to the Château de Sully. The tour was in French but we had an English summary to help us understand. http://www.chateaudesully.com/ (site in French).

The Duchess of Magenta and her children still live in the castle, but on the death of her husband she opened it up to the public. The price of admission must be a small drop in the bucket when it comes to maintaining this place. It was a beautiful day outside and we were in t-shirts and the guide had on her coat and scarf because it was going to be so cold inside – and it was.

The family, the MacMahons, were originally from Ireland but fled to France during the 17 century and married into a French family. Marshal MacMahon, President of France from 1873 to 1879, was born here in 1808. They built a railway station in the village while he was president.

The inner courtyard was impressive – no photos as this is a private family home. The Château had a long entrance driveway and it wasn't until you got up close did you know it had a moat around it.

We returned to Beaune where Andrew looked at a few wine stores and acquired a few modest bottles.

In the evening we dined at the restaurant “Le Relais de Saulx” – superb. We had actually dined here last time we were in Beaune and on a cold winter’s evening there was only one other couple there, but had a lovely meal. Tonight we were initially the only people there but there were 20 people there by the time we left. Another lovely meal, good service and thoroughly recommended.

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