Food ‘n’ France: Day 5

From Roanne, we took a bus trip to Cluny to see the ruins of an abbey destroyed in one of the many French revolutions.

View from the top of the ruins

We then headed over to Beaune, enjoyed a long lunch, and explored the Hospices de Beaune. It’s this beautiful old hospital that was made specifically for the poor and decrepit, a sort of bargain with God made by a wealthy duke to ensure his place in heaven.

The courtyard in the center of the hospices

After a day of less-than-ideal weather, we arrived in Dijon. Yes, that place with the mustard.

Old town hall, perhaps?

Presumably a town hub on not-sucky-weather days

We ate dinner at Le Sauvage, where everything’s grilled over this open flame in the center of the restaurant. Rustic, cozy, divine.

Escargot appetizer. One cannot help but sop up all that saucy, basily goodness with a few hunks of bread.

So. Much. Steak. Even I couldn't finish it. And you really haven't lived until you've eaten a tender steak paired with marrow. Truly, you haven't.

This ice cream with cherries set my heart aflame. Unfortunately, I didn't let the liquor burn off quite long enough, so it also set my cheeks aflame with the glow of too much alcohol. Such is life.

I’m glad I’m writing these entries now and not, oh, a week ago. I might have never finished a paragraph without bawling. I want this trip back.

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