At 16 km, Flavigny sur Ozerain was built around the Benedictine abbey of Saint-Pierre, itself built in the 8th century. Ramparts, fortified gates, cobbled alleys, in Flavigny, do not miss the Grange de Flavigny where the farm women prepare homemade dishes by the fire in winter, or in summer, on the terrace facing the Saint Genest Church. Enter the church to admire the polychrome statue of the breastfeeding virgin dating from the 14th century. At the entrance to this “most beautiful village in France” is the famous Anis de Flavigny factory.
To visit absolutely, 21 kms away, the castle of Count Roger de Bussy Rabutin, cousin of Madame de Sévigné, military, courtier, philosopher and epistolary writer. Banished from the court of Louis XIV by Mazarin because of his libertine escapades, he took advantage of his exile to sharpen his satirical pen and revealed the gallantry of the high nobility of France in his “Histoire amoureuse des Gaules”, intended to entertain his mistress, the Marquise de Montglas. The intriguing Marquise de La Baume had this manuscript copied and published, which, circulating freely, was the cause of a great scandal. Embashed by King Louis XIV, then
liberated but exiled permanently in Burgundy, he embellished his castle at Bussy-Rabutin with mottoes, paintings and nearly five hundred portraits of court people, accompanied by spiritual and caustic “subtitles”. A “monumental” precursor of French satirical newspaper “Le Canard enchaîné”!
24 km away, Fontenay Abbey, which celebrates its 900th anniversary in 2018, is the best preserved Cistercian Abbey in the world. During the summer, high quality concerts are organised there, at the end of which you will discover the Abbey at night, illuminated by dancing flames of a thousand candles.
At 22 km, the great Buffon forge, a model factory founded in 1768 by the naturalist from Montbard, will transport you to the world of steelmaking in the Age of Enlightenment.
Less than an hour by car, you will reach the Burgundy, Beaune, Clos Vougeot, Volnay, AuxeyDuresses, Chablis wine roads.
In Dijon, you will appreciate the power and richness enjoyed by the Dukes of Burgundy, you will visit the Consortium, one of the most interesting museums of contemporary art in France. In the central market halls, market gardeners, futures, cheese makers, poultry and butchers offer you their most beautiful products. You’ll want to buy everything and eat it all.
The Canal de Bourgogne and its towpaths converted into hiking trails for cyclists and walkers, Châtillon sur Seine and its Vase de Vix, Alésia, Vézelay, the list is endless.