Today was a mustard day as we drove to Beaune which is a city about 40 minutes from Dijon. We visited the last mustard factory in Burgundy for a tour and it was wonderful.
Not only do you receive a tour of the factory and learn how Dijon mustard is made, they boys also had the opportunity to make their own mustard. David and Alex loved it.
After making the mustard we tasted it.
After the tour finished (about 90 minutes) we sampled the mustards the Fallot factory makes and it was delicious. We bought a lot of mustard to bring home with us.
After the Fallot tour we visited the L’Hotel-Dieu of Beaune which was established 1443 as a charity hospital for the poor. It is an amazing facility with a long and rich tradition of providing free health care for the poor. It also housed paying patients. The tour took about two hours and while impressive, it was a bit depressing because in some ways the French of the 1400s had a more humane view of health care than we have in the USA in 2012.
Virtually any tour that has audio guides is an instant hit with David and Alex. The audio guides are usually easy to use and provides loads of information.
The finished the day back in Dijon with a visit to the Moutarde Maille house of mustard which has been making mustard for 265 years. No factory tour, just a great little shop filled with mustard. I bought mustard here, too.