PHOTO: Six Streets Converge at Place des Cordeliers in Dijon, France

Place des Cordeliers in Dijon, France

Private mansions such as the Hôtel Gauthier (left) and the Hôtel Rigoley de Chevigny surround the rectangular Place des Cordeliers square in Dijon, France. The place is named for the former convent of the Franciscans (once known as Cordeliers), which is a few feet away on Turgot street. Following the Franciscans, who settled in Dijon in … Read more

PHOTO: Fifteenth Century Half-Timbered Houses in Dijon, France

Half-timbered houses in Dijon, France

The city of Dijon, France may be best known for mustard and gingerbread, but architecture buffs also find it an intriguing destination. Fortunately, Dijon was spared from major destruction during the bombings of World War II, thus much of its ancient architecture survived intact. These half-timbered houses in Dijon are tucked into a narrow lane … Read more

PHOTO: Stone-paved Streets and Medieval Houses of Beaune, France

Ancient masonry facades and colorful wooden shutters adorn the medieval houses of Beaune, France

Walking through the old stone fortifications that once surrounded Beaune, France, is like riding a time machine back to the Middle Ages. Ancient masonry facades, stone lintels, and colorful wooden shutters adorn the medieval houses of Beaune. Millions of footsteps have polished the stone-paved streets to a high sheen. Drainage gutters still run down the … Read more

PHOTO: Hotel Dieu in Beaune, France, a 15th Century Hospital for the Poor

The 15th century Hotel-Dieu in Beaune, France, once a hospital and charitable almshouse, is now a museum

I stepped into the inner courtyard of the Hotel Dieu in Beaune, France, and stopped in my tracks. Across the brick-paved courtyard, half-timbered butter yellow walls soared to gable roofs covered in multi-color polychrome tiles. This was like no hospital I’d ever seen. Hotel Dieu, which translates literally to hospital in English, is one of … Read more