February 17, 2018

Viva La France-Back to Burgundy!

As we saw in my post Burgundy France – Land of Plenty, there are a lot of reasons to visit Burgundy and one of them is definitely the quaint, captivating, enchanting, picturesque, and charming villages that dot the countryside of this region southeast of Paris, France.

Here are 7 that fit the endearing, remarkable, wonderful and special category.


Semur-en-Auxois Burgundy France


Artists flock here to gather inspiration from this medieval jewel. This village is full of grand houses, narrow and cobbled streets, cafes and shops. Wander through the medieval gateway on your way to visit Chocolatier Bruno Coeur who was part of the movie Chocolat. No visit is complete without a visit to the gothic church, fortified castle or crossing one of the bridges spanning the Armancon River. A stroll along the ramparts offers amazing vistas!


If you enjoy old villages,  this is the one for you. Dating back to prehistory (the first mention was in 800’s) Bligny holds a marvelous 12th century church and many vestiges of yesterday – a sundial, wood gutters, crucifixes, washing wells and water mills. Enjoy a ride on a steam engine or visit the Hemp and Woodworking museums.


Overlooking the Canal du Bourgogne is the fortified village known locally as just Chateauneuf. This is one of those medieval villages that will transport you back to the Middle Ages upon arriving! Besides the normal narrow streets and alleyways, shops, restaurants and arts and crafts, this village has a magical castle at its center. After visiting the 12th century Chateau de Chateauneuf-en-Auxois that is when it is time to wander the medieval streets before stopping to enjoy the atmosphere of this beautiful village.

Chateauneuf-en-Auxois Burgundy France

Chateauneuf-en-Auxois Panorama by Christophe.Finot


Built on top of a hill, the village people work hard to preserve the history found in Favigny. Another village with ties to the movie

Flavigny-sur-Ozerain castle Burgundy France

Flavigny-sur-Ozerain Castle by Christophe.Finot

Chocolat, this medieval marvel is surrounded by 3 streams and has many alleys and walkways that lead past interesting architecture at every turn. Make sure to visit the Benedictine Monastery with its Carolingian crypt and the local confection, Anise of Flavigny. If you are lucky you may experience some Gregorian chants!


Sitting high atop a hill, this town has an enchanting feel to it. This pilgrimage city offers strollers a chance to explore the alleyways and courtyards while gazing at the preserved 15th, 16th and 17th century houses. The UNESCO World Heritage Site is also home to one of the most beloved churches in France; the Romanesque Basilica of St. Mary Magdalene. Its relics

still draw many visitors today. In 1190, Vezelay is also the place where King Phillip Auguste of France met up with Richard the Lionheart of England before departing for the 3rd crusade.


Everything here is medieval! This village has truly preserved its history and it is waiting for you to explore. It all starts with the amazing views as you drive up the steep road leading first to the castle. Dating back to the 10th century this castle still has preserved walls and turrets. Continuing into the village, you will find a 12th century Romanesque Church, 14th century covered market and many medieval houses to marvel at.

Martailly-les-Brancion Burgundy France

Martailly-les-Brancion by D Villafruela


One of the more picturesque villages in the region, Noyers’ has a very well preserved medieval center dating back to the 15th century. Inside the town walls, you will find 78 monuments that have been classified as historic which include the remains of a castle, church, town hall and a 19th century public washing area. Wandering the cobbled streets you will find beautiful half-timbered houses, medieval squares and arches. There is also a very nice river walk outside the walls.

Noyer-sur-Serein Burgundy France

Noyer-sur-Serein by Palamède

There are many other gorgeous villages that could have made this list,

What did I leave off?

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  5. Lisa says:

    I would want to visit the Benedictine Monastary and the Romanesque church of Mary Magdeline. That village from the movie Chocolat would be another I’d like to experience. These are such great places.
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    • Debbie Beardsley says:

      There are a lot of small villages to visit in Burgundy! I definitely could spend quite a bit of time there.

  6. We’ve only visited Paris and Colmar in France. We will definitely have to go back and explore more areas in France and now, Burgundy is on the list!

    • Debbie Beardsley says:

      There is truly a lot to and see in France. I haven’t been to Colmar yet but it is on my list.

  7. Enchanting and Magical….I need to see all of these places my friend. So happy I subscribed to your blog. I really love it!!
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    • Debbie Beardsley says:

      Aw thanks Jeff! Burgundy does seem to be a wonderful place. It makes me want to plop down and explore in a very slow pace so I can savor every last bit of it!

  8. Sailor says:

    Beautiful! Lots of amazing pictures. It reminds me of my wine tasting training in France for 2 weeks.
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  9. Burgundy looks fabulous!
    When I see places like those you’ve featured, it makes me feel like I was born in the wrong century. I can so relate to them.
    Thanks for sharing, Debbie. My travel bucket list is getting longer and longer!!!!!

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    • Debbie Beardsley says:

      Sometimes I feel like I was born in the wrong era too! I am really drawn to medieval villages.

  10. Arti says:

    Though I have never been to any foreign country, but its very satisfying to see and experience them virtually through your posts 🙂 All of these villages are beautiful, but Bligny-sur-Ouche especially sounds exciting to me!
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    • Debbie Beardsley says:

      Oh yes I am living vicariously through quite a few bloggers that are in areas I have never been to 🙂

  11. Christopher says:

    Excellent list and beautiful pictures. Thank you!

  12. inka says:

    It gets better and better. Maybe I can make a detour on my way to Rochefort in August.
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  13. eva hamori says:

    Can not wait to start our French adventures! Burgundy sounds fantastic, and those little villages at every turn.
    Great pictures too.
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    • Debbie Beardsley says:

      So tell me more about your trip! When are you going? Where? I would love to hear about it.

  14. Rachel says:

    Very beautiful! I haven’t been to France in 20 years but I definitely intend on returning. It makes me feel like going back to a different era. Thanks for sharing the photos.
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    • Debbie Beardsley says:

      I know how you feel! France is a wonderful country and is full of awesome things to do and see.

  15. looks amazing! watching the tour de france at the moment, so catching a lot of the scenery of france. love the medieval villages. something about them that is so enchanting. don tmind that movie chocolat either, even if it is a bit of a chick flick!
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    • Debbie Beardsley says:

      Medieval villages are quite a draw for me too. I enjoyed Chocolat and agree it is a chick flick!

  16. I haven’t had the chance to spend much time in France outside of Paris. Burgundy definitely sounds like an area I would want to explore. Also, very timely article on France for this week (I will have one on France later this week as well)! 🙂
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    • Debbie Beardsley says:

      I agree. . . I think a week in Burgundy sounds fantastic! All my posts this week will be related to France too 🙂

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