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Monday, December 06, 2010

#794 Day Thirteen - Beaune & Bessey

October 18, 2010, led us to the town of Beaune. It is a wonderful town to visit. We try to visit there every time we go to Marsannay. One of the most unique and interesting sight is the Hospices de Beaune and the Hotel-Dieu.

Our friends then showed us our first special surprise. We visited Chateau de Bessey-les-Citeaux. This chateau has a unique history. During WWII American airman were stationed at the airport in Dijon. They flew bombing raids over Germany from this airbase. The officers were billeted in at the chateau. They turned one of the rooms into a bar. One of the officers was an accomplished artist. He managed to decorate the walls with his original works. I suspect some of them might have been painted onto the walls because he was prevented from painting them on airplanes. But that is mere suspicion and made up.  The artwork speaks for itself.

The chateau is an operational B&B.  It also has a quilt shop. You can see that the "bar" is now a storage room. Our friend had discovered this on one of her trips around the countryside with friends.


1 comment:

Sandee said...

It looks so very cold. Okay, maybe it's because I'm pretty cold right now. Up with the heater.

What a fun trip you took. Good for the both of you.

Have a terrific day. :)