Châteauneuf-en-Auxois: jewel of medieval architecture in Burgundy
The castle, situated in the heart of a protected medieval village, looks out over the valley crossed by the Burgundy Canal. The square 12C keep is surrounded by 15C houses built by Philippe Pot, Knight of the Golden Fleece, counsellor of the Dukes of Burgundy and then seneschal of Louis XI. The motto of Philippe Pot, “Tant L Vault” is displayed on the mantelpiece of the monumental fireplace in the Salle des Gardes. The castle contains the polychrome replica of Philippe Pot’s tomb, the original being a prized possession of the Louvre in Paris, and a fine collection of 17C tapestries relating the life of Moses.
Fancy free in the Ouche valley
Starting in Pont-d’Ouche, the valley is a succession of picturesque villages and bucolic landscapes. Stop off to admire the landscaped gardens at Barbirey (art exhibitions in summer) and the Cistercian abbey (now a hotel) at La Bussière.
The Ecluse de la Charme: simple, friendly and on the waterfront!
Such is the slogan of the Ecluse de la Charme. The lock has been welcoming and attracting passing tourists (on foot, on bike, on horseback or on boat) since 1990. It stages permanent exhibitions throughout the summer months, together with cultural, sporting and leisure events and activities: tasting of regional products in partnership with 18 regional producers, recitals of French songs, traditional music, theatre, evening cabaret entertainment, “guinguette” atmosphere (traditional waterside restaurant), dances. The lock is also an official Information Point attached to the Sombernon Tourist Office.
Dijon: the Capital of the Dukes is now a regional capital
Art, history and heritage… Sports, culture and leisure… Wines, local produce and gastronomy – Dijon and the Dijon vicinity is a veritable land of milk and honey. The former Palace of the Dukes and States-General of Burgundy lies at the heart of the Capital of the Dukes, the capital of a present-day region of France. The Palace is now home to the Town Hall and one of Europe’s great museums, the Fine Arts Museum, whose treasures include the tombs of the Burgundian Dukes and masterpieces of medieval painting and sculpture. Protected historical town centre: half-timbered houses, mansions, numerous churches, etc. Dijon is also an environmentally conscious town, with the courtyards of its town houses, its public parks and gardens and the port on the Burgundy canal marking the start of the Coulée Verte, the pedestrian path leading to the country.