Beautiful villages

featured as one of Les Plus Beaux Villages De France. Noyers has wonderful half timbered 15th Century buildings – no wonder there is always a film crew in town! There are several very good shops and restaurants. Continue reading “Beautiful villages” »

Ancient civilisations

The Treasure of Vix is an amazing royal Iron Age burial haul housed at a new museum at Châtillon-Sur-Seine. The famous battle at Alesia is where the Romans and Julius Caesar finally conquered the Gauls under Vercingetorix. The town remains can be visited and a new 50 million euro visitor centre which has just opened. Continue reading “Ancient civilisations” »

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” »