But we didn't have to vacate the house until late in the afternoon, so we did a bit of house-keeping in the morning. Beaune has a market day on Wednesday and we needed to restock on fruit, cheese, etc., so off we went with a straw bag in hand to market, to market.
Valyn has used quite a bit of her bad French on this trip, and generally she's understood. She's sure her accent is just awful but she knows enough to make dinner reservations, buy stuff and deal with the unexpected (more or less!). We carry two small dictionaries, one for food and one for general terms.
We have been surprised by how many locals here do not speak French, especially in the restaurants. After all, we're in Burgundy, probably the most heavily touristed area in France after Paris.
Anyway, after the market and a picnic lunch, we went to the Citeaux Abbey, the site of the original Cistercian abbey (also known as Trappists) who split off from the Cluny order in 1098. A contingent of Cluny monks felt the Cluny order was way too fat and happy, and longed for a place to serve God without accumulating undue wealth.
|Saint Bernard, who was the driving force behind the expansion of the Cistertians in the 11th and 12th centuries|
Then we packed up the suitcases and moved to Beaune, into a modern apartment in an old building just inside the city walls at the Porte Saint-Nicolas entry. Beaune is a lovely town which has seen its ups and downs since being established as the capital of the Duchy of Burgundy and the center of the wine trade in the thirteenth century. Here's a good web site with history if you're interested.
|Porte Saint-Nicolas, as viewed out our 3rd floor apartment|