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We had dinner in the restaurant attached to our hotel. You have to tell them before if you plan to eat there. They have a set "menu", a choice of appetizers, soup, main course and dessert for 22 Euro. A lot cheaper than ordering the items by themselves! A Crémant de Bourgogne as apéritive, a good local wine during the meal, I'm getting hungry and thirsty again just describing it.
They have an open fireplace in the dining - room; it made a very cosy atmosphere. We were somewhat startled when the background music switched to "Silent Night", after all it was early March, even when it was cold and snowing.
The choice of vegetarian dishes is limited, but they were very friendly and helpful and took their time to explain the ingredients to us.
Update July 2008:
The restaurant is just as good as ever! The price for the menu has gone up, it's now 25 Euro and we had to pay for the water. In March 2006 this was free, maybe because we were staying in off-season.
We had an appetizer brought to us by the waiters, who explained that it was salmon paste with pepper, excellent. Then goat cheese pastry,fish, guinea fowl, ratatouille, black currant sorbet, a cheese platter, a good regional wine, alltogether 115 Euro for four people , more that we'd usually spend but worth it for a special occasion.
Updated Jul 27, 2008
Address: Place de L'Abbaye, F 71250 Cluny
About 15 kilometers from Cluny there is a large cave system, the Grottes de Azé.During the stone age people have lived in the caves. The skeleton of a cave bear was found there and can still be seen. There is a small museum where you can learn more about the stone age and the caves.
We were there in August 2004, it was very hot outside, but cold inside, also wet. When you plan to join a tour into the caves, bring a warm sweater and wear good shoes, no sandals.
The tour is in French only, but there are leaflets in English available.
Written Mar 21, 2006
Favorite thing: I cannot tell you much about the oldest house in Cluny, so I cannot make this a "what to do" tip. It's just a very nice memory. It was raining heavily, but I was determined to take a few pictures. So I was standing in the pouring rain, when a very old man came and asked me if I was a tourist. I thought he was very polite, dropping the "crazy". Who else but a crazy tourist would be standing in the rain taking pictures??
He then showed me the oldest house in Cluny and told me all about its history.However, about halfway down his long speech my French deserted me, so I only remember that the house changed colour some time during the centuries. I'm not sure if it was white and now is grey or if it was grey and now is white. It didn't look very white to me, but I was seeing it through a sheet of grey rain.
When he had come to an end, we were both pretty wet, but I could tell that he was really happy to have found someone to give this information to.Of course I took a picture of the house and thanked him. (And then went back to the hotel to change into something dry.)
Written Mar 21, 2006