Enjoy the landscape

A great way to see the area is by bike along the Canal De Bourgogne. Bikes can be hired locally to cycle the canal or the quiet country roads. You can hire canoes and kayaks in the nearby village of Lezinnes or cruise down the canal from Pouilly-en-Auxois in either a two hour or whole day journey. In the summer the river is also great for swimming, and children can play for hours in the shallow, gentle waters. Continue reading “Enjoy the landscape” »

Churches and monasteries

Burgundy is rich in religious history.  The Abbey De Fontenay is a Cistercian monastery founded in 1118, and now a world class UNESCO heritage site. The Abbaye De Notre Dame du Petit-Quincy at Tanlay was founded five years earlier in 1133. It’s monastic buildings and ruins are very atmospheric, and during the summer months it offers contemporary art exhibitions and nightly visits by torchlight.

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Burgundy is full of beautiful chateaux. In the neighbouring town of Ancy le Franc is one of the finest examples of the Renaissance period in Burgundy. A masterpiece by Serlio, celebrated architect to Francis I, this magnificent Renaissance palace, built between 1544 and 1550 for Antoine III de Clermont, is the only example in France of a building with four equal wings forming a perfect square. Continue reading “Chateaux” »