WHAT TO SEE IN BURGUNDY & CHABLIS WINE REGION
Burgundy, `Land of fine art and living` is one of the most fascinating regions of France, Surrounded by hedge-rowed countryside, fabled vineyards, and magnificent Romanesque abbeys, all the sights - from the medieval sanctuary of Cluny to the charming wine village of Beaune - invite the traveler to partake of their mellow splendor.
The Burgundy wine of Chablis and Beaune, Nuits-St-Georges and Mâcon is world famous and the vineyards are confined to relatively small areas, so it is easy to tour the region by car.
The Gastronomy of the Region: cheese, Charolais beef, mustard sauces, blackcurrants and escargots. Visit the markets and fine shops, go wine tasting, and try out the local recipes such as Boeuf Bourguignon and Gougères. Burgundy is a gastronomic delight!
The small villages - dressed for visitors, and brimming with geraniums in summer, ideal for a leisurely wander followed by lunch. Among them, Avallon, Sens, Joigny, Tonnerre, Auxerre, Montreal and Noyers-sur-Serein. The historical center of Chalon-sur-Saone and the attractive village at Brancion.
Beaune - famous for its wine caves and its medieval hospital complex and Dijon, one of France’s prettiest cities and famous for its mustard.
There are chateaux to visit, with both `traditional` castles such as those at Ancy-le-Franc and Tanlay Chateaux, as well as the Chateau de Sully,
The Romanesque architecture of the abbeys and churches of Burgundy is regarded as some of the finest in the world: Fontenay Abbey, one of France's finest abbeys and architectural treasures. In Yonne, Vezelay Abbey and Pontigny Abbey. The well-known abbey at Cluny. The Paray-le-Monial basilica and the church at Anzy-le-Duc are other important religious monuments.
Stepping further back in time, see the Roman ruins at Autun. The attractive village of Semur-en-Brionnais and the towns of Tournus and Macon are also highlights of a visit to this southern part of Burgundy.