Bourgogne Franche Comte Vacations

Bourgogne Franche Comte is located in the east-central area of France, southeast of the famous city of Paris. Paris is situated only approximately an hour and a half from Burgundy by train. If one is traveling between Paris and north-east France or between Lyon and southern France, he or she will pass through Burgundy. Burgundy is bordered by the regions of Champagne-Ardenne, Centre, Rhone-Alps, Auvergne, Ile-de-France and Franche-Comté. Burgundy, France is greatly recognized for its production of wine. A vacation to Burgundy is not complete unless you experience the wines that have made this region famous: such as Chardonnay, Pinot Noir, Pinot Blanc and Sauvignon Blanc. The most luxurious and treasured wines are found in the department of Côte-d'Or, one of Burgundy’s four departments, which is a popular destinations for vacations in Burgundy. The other three departments are Yonne, Nievre and Saone-et-Loire have a variety of Burgundy accommodations.

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GEOGRAPHY OF BOURGOGNE FRANCHE COMTE VACATIONS

The historic region of Burgundy, also known as Bourgogne in French, lies in the central area of France. On its west border is the Loire River and along the southern border are the Rhone Alps. Geographically it is located southeast of Paris and is only a 3 hour drive from Paris. Through the region flow the Loire and Seine rivers, contributing to the fertile characteristic of the farmland in the region. The Côte-d’Or, translated means "Golden Slope" is the top wine producing area with some of the best French wines originating from this area. The most popular vineyards are the Château du Clos Vougeot and the Château de Pommard; there is also a wine museum in Beaune, the wine capital of Burgundy. The department of Côte-d'Or also holds Burgundy’s capital city, Dijon which is known for its antique houses and narrow streets.

HISTORY OF VACATIONS IN BOURGOGNE FRANCHE COMTE

The original inhabitants in Burgundy were from Scandinavia and arrived from the Danish island of Bornholm located in the Baltic Sea. They served in the Roman Empire. But as the Roman Empire collapsed in the 5th century they expanded their Burgundian kingdom during 474–516. They remained independent until 534, when the Franks took occupation of the region. With the death of the Frankish king Clotar I in 561 the region became a part of Merovingian kingdom. In the 8th century, Charles Martel, grandfather to Charlemagne conquered the region and subjected it to Frankish control. In 1032 the area was granted to the German king, Conrad II. The Capetian dynasty took control of the region during 987 to 1328 and during their era, they took control of Burgundy and laid the foundation for the French Nation.

CULTURE OF BOURGOGNE FRANCHE COMTE VACATIONS

The region of Burgundy, France contains a is known for it's historic architecture and wine. In the town of Tournus lies the Church of Saint Philibert, erected in the eleventh century. This church is barrel-vaulted, has three aisles, is two-storied and has a groin-vaulted entry. The features of the Church of Saint Philibert were created from a way of constructing architecture was made popular by Benedictine and Cistercian monks. Another example of Burgundy’s unique type of architecture is the Chateau at Ancy-le-Franc, found in Tonnerre. This chateau was designed in 1546 by Sebastiano Serlio, an Italian architect who brought his Italian influence to French construction. Serlio wanted to design his building in a classical influence, so he created simple contours and surfaces. As well as the wine and the architecture, Burgundy is also notorious for its cuisine. Some of Burgundy’s delectable dishes include poussin a la moutarde (chicken with Dijon mustard) and boeuf bourguignon (bacon coated in wine and vegetables).

LANDMARKS OF BOURGOGNE FRANCHE COMTE VACATIONS

* The Cathedral of Saint Bénigne was built around 1300 in a Gothic-style façade. It is located above the grave of St. Benignus, who is understood to have brought Christianity to Burgundy.

* The Palace of the Dukes of Burgundy was constructed in a neoclassical fashion between the seventeenth and eighteenth centuries. Its western wing consists of the Hôtel de Ville, while the western wing is the Musée des Beaux-Arts.

* The Burgundy Canal was built between 1775 and 1832 and extends for 242 kilometers and has 189 locks. You can ride a bike along the path or catch a ride on a barge floating down the canals.

* In the Beaune area you can stop and visit wineries, Chateau du Clos Vougeot or the château de Pommard or the Burgundy wine museum.

* Dijon is the capital of Burgundy and there you will find the Palace of the Dukes of Burgundy, Gothic Cathedral and a Museum. Plus plenty of shops.