a trip by Steve Whitwell
From: September 9th 2009
Until: September 18th 2009

Baked Beans to Beaune

From one extreme to the other. From a part of Spain where you wouldn’t know you were in Spain to a part of France which is very, very French.
Beaune is in Burgundy. It was once the capital of the Duchy of Burgundy and is now a centre for the wine industry. I believe it has a considerable tourist industry based around the its vineyards but I’m not expecting to see any stag parties there! The time of year I’m going is the time of the “Vendange”, the grape harvest, and I’m hoping I might be able to get some casual work picking grapes {not too much work, though!}
I’m visiting friends who have spent quite a bit of time there. Nick, who I’ve known since we were students together, has like me recently quit-his-job-but-definitely-NOT-retired. He and Anne have moved to Beaune to try and make a go of living there. Nick is trying to work from home as an indexer. He also trying to become qualified as a proof-reader and delights in pointing out the mistakes in the first line of my travel blog! Anne has more regular income teaching English and is also hoping to get some work on the Vendange.
I’ve decided to drive down. It’s years since I’ve driven in France and I’m quite looking forward to it. I would have liked to have gone through the Channel Tunnel - something I’ve never done - but feeling a pit poor and unemployed I decide on the cheaper option of the ferry.
I load up my car with emergency supplies for Nick and Anne - in this case baked beans, curry paste, peanut butter, a jar of Marmite {that’s for me} and some English beers. I’m told that baked beans are a luxury item in France, only found in the exotic foods section at Carrefour and costing a couple of Euros per tin. It’s nice not having to worry about baggage allowance and just to be able to pack everything and throw it all in the boot of the car. For example I can’t decide which shoes are best to take for the Manky Foot so I end up travelling with more shoes than Imelda Marcos.

Trip Length: 9 days
Blog Entries: 9
Photos: 45
Words: 6696

Blog Entries

Date Blog Title Location
September 9th 2009 To Calais Without a Florescent Green Jacket Europe » France » Nord-Pas de Calais » Calais
September 10th 2009 Beaune - No KFC or Maccy D Europe » France » Burgundy » Beaune
September 11th 2009 Beaune - God's Hotel Europe » France » Burgundy » Beaune
September 12th 2009 Beaune - Market Day Europe » France » Burgundy » Beaune
September 13th 2009 Beaune - Les Joyeux Temps de La Vendange Europe » France » Burgundy » Beaune
September 14th 2009 Dijon - Steve the Stupendous and Nick the Nice Europe » France » Burgundy » Dijon
September 15th 2009 Beaune - Le MOT Europe » France » Burgundy » Beaune
September 16th 2009 Beaune - Chocolate Nuns Europe » France » Burgundy » Beaune
September 17th 2009 Beaune - Going Home Europe » France » Nord-Pas de Calais » Calais
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