Have a picnic beneath the bridge. On a sunny day, there is nothing better than a picnic lunch outdoors - baguettes, red wine, cheese, fruit, etc - all bought from the local Monoprix. I was all set for a long afternoon siesta after that but Susan insisted we do some touristy stuff.
Many fountains can be found in Besançon. Small ones, big ones, historical and modern ones. Most of them are from the 16th and 18th century though.
Especially Grande Rue (if you walk from Place de Huit Semtembre to Cathedral Saint-Jean) has many fountains to offer.
Discover them on your own or take a guide with you ...
Besançon is known for its many hidden stairways. The one on the picture is located on Grande Rue, just after Place du Huit Semptembre on the left side.
Anyway, they are hard to find because from the outside you see just an ordinary door. Even natives might not know where they can be found. A good guide is of help!
Another one we visited was in the Northern corner of Place Victor Hugo.
Square Castan (named after the archaeologist responsible for the excavations in the 19th century) is represented by a vast, semicircular unidentified building with the remains of a theatre and a nymphaeum.
An idea of the size of the original edifice may be gained from the eight Corinthian Roman columns which have been re-erected on the edge of rue de la Convention.
Today parts of the area are used by shelterless people as a sleeping place during summer.
If you walk towards Cathedral Saint-Jean or the Citadel, look to your left before passing through Porte Noire, otherwise you might overlook Square Castan.
Porte Noire is a triumphal arch, probably built in the 2 nd century in the reign of Marcus Aurelius is particularly remarkable for the fine proportions of the central bay and for its richly sculpted decoration in which allegorical, mythological and military themes abound. .
The Palais de Justice lies behind the Hôtel de Ville (and therefore a bit hidden) and was once part of the same building. It was built in 1585 by the architect Hugues Sambin.
Above the porch, enclosed by beautiful wrought-iron gates , stand two statues representing Justice and Strength.
Inside the building, the room once occupied by the Parliament of Franche-Comté, is decorated with exquisite Louis XV woodwork and a ceiling painted by P. Gervais in 1909.
The underground of Franche-Conté
A big part of the Franche Conté includes its underground world, with its 4000 caves and tunnels, where nature permitted itself all the fantaisies.
Here Les grottes d'Osselle, 20 km south of Besancon.
La Source de la Loue
Spontaneous spring rushing out of the mountain side with no apparent origin. I am not even sure people know where the water is coming from, the underground of the region worst than a swiss cheese.
Cascade du Hérisson
Beautiful natural spring that flows from nowhere. It's always green and moist. The surrounding forest is so quiet, you can hear your hearthbeat.