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Rue Carnot is one of the busiest shopping streets in the town. Here, is the L’Ancien Hospice de la Charité, once a hospital, but now an old people’s home. To the right of the front door is a swivel-gate where new-born babies were abandoned by placing them unseen in a barrel which then swivelled around and when the bell was rung, the nuns rushed to collect the baby. A walk around the town on the Heritage Trail brings you to the Hôtel Dieu, the Old St.Vincent Hospital.
Mâcon was the birthplace of one of France’s greatest writers, the poet Alphonse de Lamartine (1790-1869). He was active politically in the area and the house in Rue Lamartine where he lived until his wedding still stands. Château St-Point, west of Milly where he wrote many of the Méditations Poétiques and Jocelyn, and where he and his English wife are buried, can be visited. There is a Lamartine Heritage Trail which passes through places he lived, loved and found inspiration.
But above all, Mâcon is famous for its wine and
the annual wine fair held each April.
Two thirds of the wine is white, coming from the Chardonnay grape with
Pouilly-Fuissé, St-Véran and Mâcon-Villages Blanc
being the most famous. The other third is red or rosé from the
Gamay or Pinot Noir grape. Less highly priced than the wines of the Côte
d’Or, you can enjoy the wine of Mâcon and Beaujolais with
a picnic lunch or dinner without damaging your wallet. For an overview of the wines in this region, see Jancis Robinson's article. To taste the best
of the region’s wines visit the Maison des Vins, 520 Maréchal
Lattre-de-Tassigny. Part of the building is a museum dedicated to wine,
you can eat local specialities there and of course, buy some bottles.
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