Out of Cluny!
After a week and a half of staying in Cluny, it is time for our excursion.
We left Cluny Sejour and headed to the Cote d’Or which is known for its golden slopes of vineyards. First, we stopped at the Gaugry Cheese Dairy, where we closely observed Epoisse cheese making before tasting five different kinds of delicious cheeses.
Chateau du Clos de Vougeot, which is a 12th-century winery and one of the most prestigious ones in France nowadays, is now owned by 81 producers. In this winery, the club of wine has been established, and now it includes many of the most famous and prestigious personalities in France and the world.
Then, we went to Dijon!!
Dijon was so marvelous with all the historical monuments, culture, and rich heritage. We stayed there for the night. Our hotel, Odalys city – Appart’Hotel, had a very rich history in the ancient ages with a 13th-century church in the back of the hotel.
During our stay in Dijon, we had the chance to walk around the town. We visited its medieval buildings and palaces which are now used as governments’ public buildings, the old streets, Notre Dame de Dijon, and many more..
I was amazed by their marvelous architecture, stained windows and the way they curved such fabulous buildings.
And day one had ended very well with the most delicious Boeuf!!
After a great breakfast in one of best Dijon’s cafes.
We had a small tour in “Les Halles” – which is the central covered market in Dijon where people from around the area do their weekly shopping from cheeses to meats to fruits and vegetables. In addition, to socializing with each other.
After that, we headed to Salins Les Bains, where we had our third picnic and visited Gran salina de Salins-Les-Bains where the salt works had happened in the late 17th century and how they used to extract salt from water in the medieval ages. We went down to the underground cave where ancient machines were built in the medieval ages to make the process of salt-making more efficient.
Arbois – the hometown of Louis Pasteur, the father of Microbiology was our next destination!
Where we had the chance to visit the vineyard Pasteur used to test Lactic acid bacteria. We also visited his statue in the center of the town and his house and laboratory. It was pretty amazing to see the equipment he used when discovering one of the sciences significant evolutions and where the history of Microbiology was made.
We also visited the vineyards where Pasteur had his first experiments on lactic acid bacteria.
Personally, I can easily say that this part of the excursion was one of my favorite.
And of course, we will not end the day without the best Fondue au Comte!!