Bourgogne Things to Do

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Bourgogne Things to Do

  • Hospices de Beaune

    Beaune Things to Do

    "Last Judgement" by Van der Weyden. Rogier Van de Weyden also called Roger de la Pasture, born in Tournai about 1400, death in Brussels where he was the official city painter, is one of these 15th century painters called "Flemish primitives" to distinguish them chronologically from the Flemish painters of 16th c. (P. Bruegel a.o.) and 17th c. (P....

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  • Auxerre

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    another wonderful Cathedral of my France, traveling thru it is like a book of magic where history, beliefs and architecture blends to perfection. This is the Cathedral Saint Etienne of Auxerre, or ST Stephens Cathedral. This is the official site in French http://www.cathedrale-auxerre.com/ the admission is free and there is a small charge to see...

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  • Churches

    Beaune Things to Do

    The basilica Notre Dame of Beaune built in the 12th century by the bishop Etienne de Bagé, one of the largest Romanesque churches of Burgundy, was built on the model of the abbey of Cluny and the cathedral of Autun. However the frontage with its two bell-towers and a porch built at the 14th century masks the Romanesque original style. I preferred...

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  • Nuits-St-George

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    "Discover the world of blackcurrents" - is what they promise. It is an interesting and enjoyable experience. You will need an audio guide, as the tour is in French only. The visit starts by watching two short movies about cassis. Then you have time to visit the museum, after which you are taken to the plant. There is an oppurtunity to taste cassis...

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  • Wine tours

    Beaune Things to Do

    Staying in Beaune it is very easy to take trips to the nearby villages to try and buy such famous wines as Pommard and Montrachet for example. The villages are literary tiny, couple of street where you can take a small walk and private wineries where you can degustate wines and choose a bottle or another for later on.

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  • Fixin

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    or laundry sites, this one at Fixin not only is a nice wine country but they are very historical. This one is from the 19C and the most beautiful so say the local tourist office in Burgundy. In 1827 they were transfer to the route des Grands Crus or great wines at Fixin. It feeds from the waters of the Chaulois river. Nice to see on the road to...

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  • Wine museums & cellars

    Beaune Things to Do

    I would say that this is a bit touristy, but well worth the 10 Euro. The visit starts with a short tour and then you will have the oppurtunity to taste 15 wines. The wines are from all over Burgundy, we had wines from Chablis, Fixin, Vosne-Romanee, Beaune, etc. The quality of the wines vary, but it is a fun experience and a beautiful setting. They...

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  • Beaune

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    The Hôtel-Dieu of the Hospices de Beaune was used as a hospital up until the 1960s. The Hôtel Dieu is now a museum that shows how the hospital cared for people from 1443 through to the 19th Century. The multicoloured roofs of the Hôtel-Dieu have become one of the symbols of Burgundy. This place is not only contains an old hospital, but three...

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  • Market

    Beaune Things to Do

    Les poulets rôtis à la broche se trouvent sur de nombreux marchés mais ici la qualité Poulet de Bresse ajoute un plus. En face des poulets nous avons trouvé de beaux paniers tressés dont un panier à bois qui nous a accompagné chez nous.

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  • Monuments others

    Beaune Things to Do

    Around the centre, you’ll find the ramparts with several towers & bastions, mostly built in the 15th century. You can walk along the ramparts, either on the inner side or the outside. We walked part of it, and especially the inner way was pretty up and down. There are several signs that give you information on the different towers that you are...

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  • Museums others

    Beaune Things to Do

    Near Saint-Léger-sous-Beuvray, an easy day trip from Beaune or Dijon, is Bibracte, a marvelous, open museum of Gaulish life set on a hillside that holds an archeological dig you may tour. Bibracte is the reason you go to St. Leger and the museum is not in the town but on Mont Beuvray, a few kilometers from the town. In the 2nd and 1st centuries BC...

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  • Cathedral St Etienne, Sens

    A must to see in Burgundy, this is Sens to make you alert in all your senses !! This is the Catholic site of ithttp://www.gcatholic.org/dioceses/diocese/sens0.htmThe Cathedral of Saint-Étienne (St Stephen),has as its true title the name of Cathedral metropolitan and Primatial Saint-Étienne de Sens . It is regarded as the first Gothic cathedrals...

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  • Lavoirs de Fixin

    or laundry sites, this one at Fixin not only is a nice wine country but they are very historical.This one is from the 19C and the most beautiful so say the local tourist office in Burgundy. In 1827 they were transfer to the route des Grands Crus or great wines at Fixin. It feeds from the waters of the Chaulois river.Nice to see on the road to the...

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  • Prieuré Notre Dame de La...

    passing and enjoying it, got me a picture and here it is, the wonderful prieury of Notre Dame at La Charité sur Loire. At one time it was the second biggest roman middle ages church after that of Cluny II.The story goes that it began construction in 1052 under priory brotherr Dom Gérard, on land given by duke Guillaume Ier, count of Nevers. In...

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  • Basilique Marie Madeleine, Vézelay

    One of the high points of Catholicism in the world, the basilica of Mary Magdalene holding the remains of the venerated saint at a culminating high point in Vézelay. UNESCO heritage site.http://whc.unesco.org/en/list/84/The religious part of it is wonderful told here in Frenchhttp://basiliquedevezelay.cef.fr/?q=contacts/nous-contacterSo much to...

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  • Collégiale Notre Dame, Semur-en-Auxois

    One of the wonderful churches of Burgundy, this is a collégiale or college of priest elevated to Church. It is magnificent and Worth a detour in the area.a bit of history I likeAt this location stood a Romanesque church built in 1060 by Robert le Vieux, leader of the first Royal race of the Dukes of Burgundy, in atonement for the murder he had...

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  • Palais Ducal or ducal palace of Nevers

    This is impressive and needs more time that I even provided passing by the city. The Palais Ducal is shown here in French at the city mayor's officehttp://www.nevers.fr/le-palais-ducalMy introduction comes from it that I translated at best. A bit of history I likeIn 1464, Jean de Clamecy, son of Philippe de Bourgogne, inherits the County of the...

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  • Cathedral Saint Vincent,...

    another jewel on my tours of burgundy of many years. The parrish site in French for the religious info is athttp://www.paroissesaintjust.org/saint-vincent2/index.htmla bit of history I likeThe construction of the Saint-Vincent de Chalon Cathedral extends over six centuries. The building combines the Romanesque and the Gothic. According historical...

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  • Cathedral Saint Etienne, Auxerre

    another wonderful Cathedral of my France, traveling thru it is like a book of magic where history, beliefs and architecture blends to perfection. This is the Cathedral Saint Etienne of Auxerre, or ST Stephens Cathedral.This is the official site in Frenchhttp://www.cathedrale-auxerre.com/the admission is free and there is a small charge to see the...

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  • Cathedral Saint Lazare,Autun

    one of the classic old cities of Burgundy and a must to visit the Cathedral Saint Lazare here. For a more spiritual information see the parrish of Autun site in French herehttp://www.paroisse-autun.cef.fr/This Church was built in the 12C and made into a Cathedral in the end of the 20C, replacing a previous Cathedral of Saint-Nazaire.the most...

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  • Ecomusée de Pierre de Bresse

    These are spectacular properties often castles that are been turn into ecological muséums or écomusée. There are all over France, however, this one i was taken by my wife's brother here in France and it was spectacular indeed.We were driving following him, as he used to worked in this region, and it was a long ride into mountaineous areas, and only...

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  • Visit chateaus

    Everyone goes to the Loire Valley to see chateaus and that's fine because there are so many spectacular chateaus there. However, many towns in France have a chateau and Burgundy is no exception. You can visit a chateau every day of your trip and not see them all.We took one day out of Beaune last spring and searched chateaus listed in the local...

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  • Visit the Markets

    A visit to at least one "Farmers' Market" is a must during your Bourgogne visit even if it only to take some photos of the wonderful product on sale. There are covered markets in lots of towns (Dijon for example). A dedicated building set up for the market - "halle(s)" in French. Also "street" markets are common even in small villages.Armed with a...

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  • Pilgrims’ Way – Walk, Cycle, Drive

    Visiting Bourgogne? Keep in mind that one of the Medieval Routes taken by Pilgrims on their way to Santiago de Compostela in Spain to pay homage to the relics of Saint James/Sainte Jaques/Sant Iago passes through the Region. The symbol of Saint James, the scallop shell, which marked the Pilgrim's route and were carried externally to mark them as...

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  • Châteaux - visit a couple

    Although probable not as famous for its castles as the Loire Valley in the Centre Region of France, Bourgogne has a plethora of Châteaux worthy of a visit.More importantly, it hosts a site which I believe is compulsory for any true tourist interested in architecture, history and France:- Guédelon, south-west of Auxerre near...

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  • Bougogne by Bike, Velo, Cycle

    The Burgundy Promotion Board has realised what a mighty asset the tow paths associated with the canals of Bourgogne are. They have promoted them and disused railway lines and paths through vineyard areas as “ green roads” (voies vertes )suited to exploring the region by bike.Although I suspect their web-site needs a little updating, it is the...

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  • Food - Try the Regional Specialties

    Visiting Bourgogne? Do some homework on the Food of the region and its famous Recipes.Two that come to mind Beef Bourguignon – Beef stewed in red wine & veal stock and Coq au Vin (chicken in red wine). Other regional dishes include Snails in Garlic Butter and Jambon Persillé (Cold cubed Ham in Parsley layered Aspic). One Fish speciality I have...

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  • Hire a Canal Boat

    Bourgogne waterways map tnx to VNFHire a boat and steer it yourself.In French -“location de bateau sans permis” – hire boat without requirement for a boat operators licence. No previous experience required. A quick lesson on which is the pointy end of the boat and away you go!!Bourgogne is easily accessed by car or public transport from major hubs...

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  • Visit “Most Beautiful” Villages

    As part of your planning for a visit to France you should put villages that have been classified as the most beautiful in France on your “hit list”. Any road trip will be made much more interesting if you are aware of this list of 155 beautiful places. Bourgogne has several listed villages and there are a couple just outside of the region well...

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  • Through the locks

    Ecluses - the french call them. It's a way for boats (and its contents) to get over heights.The Canal Nivernaise has quite a few of them.Each lock has a person that operates it - though sometimes it is the same person for several locks.Some of the locks are automatic - which means, the operator just has to push a button. On our travel these were...

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  • Hospices be Beaune Hotel-Dieu.

    The Hôtel-Dieu of the Hospices de Beaune was used as a hospital up until the 1960s. The Hôtel Dieu is now a museum that shows how the hospital cared for people from 1443 through to the 19th Century. The multicoloured roofs of the Hôtel-Dieu have become one of the symbols of Burgundy. This place is not only contains an old hospital, but three...

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  • Chateau at Couches

    With sections dating from the 11th Century, a visit to this old castle makes a nice day trip. A guided tour is recommended so as to appreciate its medieval past. You can also enjoy a wine-tasting in the cellars!In April, May and October, it's possible to arrange individual visits from 2.30pm to 6pm on Sundays and public holidays. In June and...

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  • Beaune

    Beaune is a beautiful town. A lot of interesting history. May be called the Wine Capital of Burgundy. There is a lot to do and to see, so spend at least 1-2 days here.You can do guided wine tours from here which is a very insightful and enjoyable half-day trip.I have built a page on Beaune, as it deserves its own.For more details, you can visit my...

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  • Auxerre Has An Interesting Cathedral and...

    A trip to Burgundy would not be thorough if Auxerre were not included. There are interesting churches and a pleasant town to experience. The cathedral shows a definite audacity in its lightness of texture and internal soaring space and there is plenty of very old and 16C stained glass.

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  • Going To Vezelay Is A Must

    After Dijon and Beaune (or maybe sooner) Vezelay is a top destination in Burgundy.It has a church situated on the crown of a hill above a quaint village and am attractive view for miles around, with the Morban to the south. The church houses the finest Romanesque sculpture in the forms of 148 capitals and 4 tympani. Be sure to have a guide in hand...

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  • Stop A While in Parc Naturel Regional du...

    Stop in the Parc if only to look at the scenery or even to have a picnic. We traversed the park going from Saulieu to Vezelay by car, stopping briefly at Pierre-Perthuis.

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  • See Cluny:How Far the Once Powerful Can...

    Cluny is a town (pop. 4.7K) that has lived in the shadow of its famous monastery since 910 when it was founded. An extremely tall church tower stretches up from the center of the town. It is a surviving fragment of the church (Cluny III) of the once dominant monastery of Cluny and in 100 when it was built, it was the largest church in Europe...

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  • The Cathedral at Autun Is a Romanesque...

    Some of the finest Romanesque sculpture extant is present in the Cathedral of Autun and the Musee Rolin across the square. It is the work of a Master who worked there between 1125-45 and was brazen enough to carve his name in the tympanum of the church. There is no doubt about his predominating hand on the works, To top itoff , a bewitching view of...

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  • See the Chateau de Sully

    The Chateau lies north of the town of Sull which is north of the D973 which runs between Beaune and Autun. There are many imposing chateaux in France that are not in the Loire region. Many rich and powerful landowners chose not to tag along with the King and lived their opulent lives on their lands, building and decorating as they saw fit and free...

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  • Make a Brief Stop at Nolay

    Nolay is a small town (pop.1.6K) deep in the white wine district of Burgundy to the south of Beaune. It is on the D973 which goes east to the Chateau de la Rochepot and west to the Chateau of Sully and Autun. It is pleasant to sit in the square and have a coffee while looking at the ancient 14C Halles and the adjacent church.

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  • See Beaune and Use It As A Base

    Beaune is a small city (pop. 22K) at the heart of the wine trade and in the middle of the best white wine terroirs of Burgundy. It is the site of a famous annual wine auction that supports the Hotel-Dieu, an ancient hospice and medical facility. The ancient site is today a remarkable museum, made all the more important for housing and displaying...

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  • Nuits-St-George : Cassissium

    "Discover the world of blackcurrents" - is what they promise.It is an interesting and enjoyable experience. You will need an audio guide, as the tour is in French only.The visit starts by watching two short movies about cassis.Then you have time to visit the museum, after which you are taken to the plant.There is an oppurtunity to taste cassis and...

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  • Plan A Stay in Dijon

    Dijon is a goodly sized city (pop. 150K+) with a fine Art Museum which displays not only great Burgundian treasures and masterpieces but a wide array of other items of quality. Its streets contain many fine old mansions and houses and there is a cuisine that is among the best in France. It should require more than one day to enjoy all of its...

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  • Flavigny-sur-Ozerain Is Also Near...

    The town of Flaivigny (pop. 400+) isone of the attractions near Montbard and Semur. Flavigny is noted for a few ancient remnants which can be seen in an hour or so. First is a 13C church, with a few 15 and 16C interior embellishments, and a simple facade. This is followed by a brief walk to see the medieval defensive works and the remains of the 8C...

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  • Visit the Royal Abbey of Fontenay...

    This Cistercian Abbey was founded by St. Bernard in 1118. It is in severe Romanesque style and has not been altered much since its construction. Only a couple of minor deletions have occurred (a lavabo and the refectory) and very little has been added (a bishop's residence). This makes it a fine example of an intact monastery and an example of...

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