|Town of Talloires on Lake Annecy|
|Canal leading into Lake Annecy|
|St. Francois Church 1610 Annecy|
|Palais de I'Ile|
|Le Thiou River|
The drive to the small city of Beaune was rather adventuresome. Our GPS which we rely heavily upon led us on a roundabout route which crossed through logging forests and was eventually blocked by a fallen tree across the road.
|Notre Dame Cathedral Beaune|
|Hotel-Dieu Charity Hospital|
|Vineyards surround Beaune|
When we finally found our way over the mountain and onto a toll road, the driving was much easier. However, in Europe the toll booths are not attended and one must pay with credit card; we've done so a number of times. On this occasion, the machine chose to keep our American Express card. It took a while to get a human being to appear, open the machine and eventually discover the whereabouts of the card.
|French princess: her cart says 'Shopping Gourmand'|
Beaune is also known for Hôtel-Dieu, a magnificent medieval charity hospital founded by the Duke of Burgundy in 1443. It is now a museum with exhibits that reflect its history. Thanks to donations over the years, the Hôtel-Dieu now owns 63 hectares of valuable vineyards and holds the world’s most famous wine auction every November.