Burgundy, land of vineyards, art and spirituality
Burgundy, between the north and south of France, deserves more than a passing stop:
This wine growing country, which has always been crisscrossed by travellers and today is well serviced by TGV trains, owes its wealth to its religious and political history.
It is impossible to walk very far without coming across a vine that belonged to a powerful abbey, the most famous being Cluny, whose monastery was the most important Christian spiritual centre at one time, and Citeaux, which established up to 12.000 monasteries throughout the world. Today, Vezelay, Fontenay, Notre Dame of Dijon and many others testify to this prestigious past.
Travelling through the region is like leafing through a book of wine maps: Chambertin, Nuits Saint Georges, Pommard, Meursault, Montrachet, Vougeot, etc.
Vineyards and historic buildings are indelibly linked in Burgundy : in Beaune, the Hôtel Dieu and its famous wine sales, in Dijon, the Dukes' Palace, in Autun, Auxerre, etc.
The people in Burgundy are very welcoming, opening their wine cellars and kitchens and offering such delights as bœuf bourguignon, cheese, spice bread, etc.
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Berry is the geographical centre of France
Bourges possesses a rich patrimony that bears witness to the wealth of the Dukes of Berry who made it their capital:
XIIIth-century St Stephen's Cathedral, recognised by UNESCO as a world heritage site, has remarkable stained-glass windows and exquisite sculpted column capitals around its portal.
Jacques Coeur Palace, named after the king's merchant and treasurer, who built it in the XVth century, as well as many Gothic mansions in the old town.
The city is particularly animated during the spring festival, "Printemps de Bourges".
Jacques Coeur's rich patrimonial legacy can be seen by travelling the "Jacques Coeur Route", near Bourges, to the Chapel d’Angillon, and on to visit the birthplace of Alain Fournier, author of "Le Grand Meaulnes", in which he gives a wonderful description of this region.
The memory of George Sand is very much alive in the Berry and Creuse regions:
In Nohant, the castle where the artist often lived amongst celebrities: Chopin, Delacroix, Flaubert, Dumas, Gautier and performed: more than 200 plays were performed in her theatre over 25 years.
Nearby places such as Gargilesse, Chateaubrun, Moulin d'Angibault, etc. are imprinted with the memory of George Sand and have been described in her novels as "romans champêtres". XIIth-century Noirlac Abbey is one of the best-preserved Cistercian abbeys in France, alongside Fontfroide and Fontenay.
Come discover this "land of plenty" with transglobe itineraries through Burgundy and Berry, and take advantage of quality services at reasonable prices, as well as a large choice of prestigious sites and hotels for your important gatherings.
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