Burgundy-Franche-Comté

Southeast of the Paris Region, Burgundy naturally calls to mind wine, particularly the chardonnays and the pinot noirs of the Gold Coast (Côte d'Or) with the town of Beaune at its center. Yet there is much more to draw a traveler: medieval religeous sights and history (Fontenay, Vézelay, Cluny), Gallo-Roman history at MuseoParc Alésia, art in Dijon, natural wanderings, perhaps by bike, in the Morvan Park and Forest, and the general beauty of Burgundy's green rolling hills. Burgundy is bordered by the Loire River to the west, while the roads west lead to Franche-Comté (the cities of Belfort and Besançon; the department of Jura along the Swiss border).

Alesia: Investigating the Roman Conquest of Gaul in Burgundy

The Battle of Alesia of 52 B.C., the last major stand of the Gauls, led by Vercingetorix, against the Romans, led by Julius Caesar, is one of the most famous battles in the history of the territory that would become France. Yet until recently there was little a visitor could see, even at the very site of the battle in Burgundy, to help understand the logistics of that great confrontation.

New TGV Line Speeds Up Burgundy-Alsace Train Route

The first high-speed train route in France that is not centered around Paris opened today (Dec. 11, 2011), quickening the connection between Burgundy and...

Cycling Western Burgundy: Into the Woods, Along the Canals

Whenever I mention that I’ve been biking in Burgundy, people assume that I’ve been touring vineyards. With each trip they imagine that I’m increasingly...

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