Beaune Off The Beaten Path

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    Church Saint Nicolas de Beaune

    by gwened Written Oct 30, 2013

    an old wooden church Saint Nicolas. It is located as to what it was the outside walls of the city and now it is surrounded by city center at Rue du Faubourg-Saint-Nicolas.

    It was built in the 12C, and renovated in the 14 and 15C. One of the most significant parts is a tympan at its front door monolith sculptured in the 13C evocating an episode in the life of Saint Nicolas.

    It has a beautiful porch in wood decorated with figures also in wood that dates from the 15C. Its clock square is mounted on a arrow tower en tuf added in the 15Clèche en tuf ajoutée au XVe siècle

    Church of Saint Nicolas de Beaune the tympan at front door from 13C the belltower of St Nicolas
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    Hit the road and see some sites

    by Herkbert Written Jul 6, 2013

    If you have a vehicle available, by all means drive around some of the wonderful towns near to Beaune. We visited Pommard, Meursault, Sully, Chateauneuf and Savigny-les-Beaune among others. Plus a little further away are Vezelay, Fontenay and many other wonderful places to see.

    Whether you prefer the highway or driving the back roads, you're sure to enjoy the beautiful scenery and rich history.

    Chateau Sully Chateau Pommard Meursault Scenes while driving along Clos Vougeot
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    Noyers is a Most Beautiful Village

    by Beausoleil Updated May 7, 2013

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    We really enjoy Burgundy and one reason (besides the wine) is the diversity of things to do and see in the region. There are lovely chateaus, quaint villages, working farms, interesting museums and gorgeous countryside.

    Whereever we are in France we look for the Plus Beaux Villages because they are guaranteed to be stunning. There are flowers in every window, excellent restaurants, quaint houses, cobblestone streets . . . you get the idea.

    Noyers is an easy drive from Beaune and a lovely village, on a river with a couple very nice restaurants. I have done a Noyers Travel Page here on Virtual Tourist and you can look at it at Noyers by Beausoleil
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    Noyers-sur-Serein
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    Montreal is a Village of Character

    by Beausoleil Updated May 7, 2013

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    Beaune is a marvelous base for exploring Burgundy and, believe it or not, there is a lot to do besides taste wine in Burgundy. There are chateaus, quaint villages, farms, museums of various kinds. One of the things we love to do is find any of the Plus Beaux Villages or Villes & Villages de Character near where we are staying and spend at least a half day wandering through them. There are flowers in all the windows, a lovely Old Town (often the entire town), some tourist attractions and nearly always a very nice restaurant or two. Many are built on a hill so the views are fabulous.

    I've created Travel Pages for many of the small villages near Beaune and here is the VT address for Montreal so you can explore the village. Montreal by Beausoleil

    Old Town Montreal in the Yonne region of Burgundy
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    Way off the beaten path!

    by Beausoleil Updated May 7, 2013

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    It's quite a drive from Beaune but it was something I'd always wanted to see so we took a day to drive to Ronchamp to see the marvelous Corbusier Chapel. The drive is lovely and the chapel was all I'd dreamed it would be. The views from the chapel were stunning and we found a terrific restaurant nearby so it was a day well spent. I highly recommend it.

    I put a lot of information on my Ronchamp Travel Page so you can see photos and Tips, including the restaurant, there.

    Here's the link to my Ronchamp Travel Page with links and phone numbers. Ronchamp by Beausoleil

    Corbusier Chapel in Ronchamp
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    Bibracte is fascinating

    by Beausoleil Updated May 7, 2013

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    Bibracte is a marvelous, open museum of Gaulish life set in a hillside that holds an archeological dig you may tour. Bibracte is near St. Leger however the museum is not in the town but on Mont Beuvray a few kilometers from the town.

    The walls are all glass on the valley side of the building so as you walk through it, you can look out at the countryside where the people being depicted lived. There is also a very nice gift shop and in summer there is a cafe on the site. Off season you must bring a picnic or drive into town for lunch.

    In the 2nd and 1st centuries BC at the end of the Iron Age, a large Gaulish town stood on Mont Beuvray. Surrounded by ramparts, Bibracte was the capital of one of the most powerful peoples in Gaul, the Aedui. It is here that Vercingetorix was proclaimed head of the Gaulish coalition in the year 52 BC. It is also at Bibracte that Julius Caesar, the victor of Alesia, completed the writing of his "Gallic wars" that you probably read in Latin class.

    Click on the photo to see more pictures inside the museum.

    If you like, you can look at my Virtual Tourist page on Bibracte under St. Leger at Bibracte by Beausoleil

    Bibracte in Burgundy Bibracte upper floor with glass walls Grisly exhibit at Bibracte Fascinating downstairs hallway at Bibracte Student group grinding grain at Bibracte
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    Chateauneuf in Burgundy

    by Beausoleil Updated Nov 3, 2011

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    Another interesting chateau in Burgundy is in Chateauneuf southwest of Dijon. Drive north out of Beaune on the D970 and then the D2. It's very hilly and beautiful. You quickly leave wine country and have huge vistas. Next you come to the Canal de Bourgogne and drive along beside it passing several locks. We followed signs for Pont-d'Ouche and then Chateauneuf-en-Auxois. When we got to Chateauneuf, we followed signs through the tiny narrow very hilly streets to parking . . . above the town in a shaded meadow with signs to walking trails. You can hike through the wooded countryside or go down into the town and visit the chateau that is only partly renovated but nevertheless interesting and eat lunch at Au Marronnier Restaurant. (see my Beaune restaurant tips)

    The town sits on top of a very high hill and can be spotted miles away. The buildings are all of native stone and incredibly picturesque and during summer the flowers grow from every possible inch of ground. It's lovely.

    Street in Chateauneuf in Burgundy Chateauneuf in Burgundy Door inside the Chateau Kitty in Chateauneuf Fountain in Chateauneuf
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    Hunting for hidden chateaus

    by Beausoleil Updated Nov 3, 2011

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    Take a day off from wine tasting, rent a car and search out the chateaus of Burgundy. Most are open to the public and often on weekends there will be festivals with fun and food. There will not be many foreign tourists, only French tourists, so you can meet the French having an outing . . . always great fun.

    We spent a day searching near Beane and found: (click on photo for all chateaus)
    Chateau de Rully, open by appt. all year except Mondays; call (0)3 8587-2089 or check the web site at http://www.chateau-rully-bourgogne.com/

    Chateau de Germolles, open varying hours except Mondays; call +33 (0)3 8598-0124 and check the web site for hours and shows at http://www.chateaudegermolles.fr/

    Chateau de Couches, (0)3 8545-5799 with more info at http://www.chateau-de-couches.abcsalles.com/prive/en

    Chateau de Sully, (0)3 8582-0986, varying open hours and interesting activities, check the web site at http://www.chateaudesully.com/

    Chateau de Rully near Beaune Chateau de Germolles Chateau de Couches Chateau de Sully having a Day of Patrimonie Chateau de Sully -- activities (check the bicycle)
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    Chateau de Rochepot

    by Beausoleil Updated Feb 22, 2006

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    There are chateaus in Burgundy too. You don't have to stay in the Loire. A very pretty chateau near Beaune is La Rochepot. This is a pristine chateau (no ruins here) with guided tours. You wait for your tour in the lovely flowered courtyard and can climb to the ramparts for wonderful views of the surrounding countryside. (On the D973 SW of Beaune)

    The tour guide we had was very personable. He spoke only French but we were given a paper guide in English. I discovered if I quickly read the English first, I could easily understand the guide. I even managed to answer one of his questions in French!

    After the tour, we looked for lunch and found Relais de Chateau de Rochepot just down the hill in the small village. You can eat outside or inside and it was chilly that day so we ate inside by the cozy fireplace. Our meal was wonderful and I highly recommend it. The restaurant phone is +33 (0)3.80.21.71.32

    The chateau is closed on Tuesdays. You might check the web site before going. Chateau info is below.

    Burgundy roof on Chateau de Rochepot View from the ramparts of Chateau de Rochepot Inner courtyard of Chateau de Rochepot Courtyard from the ramparts, Chateau de Rochepot
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