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The province of Burgundy is a oenophile's Nirvana, but the countryside offers so much more than what is in a bottle. In a remarkably varied landscape, the villages of Burgundy seem caught in a time warp. Town after town contains villages with 16th-century stone houses, and châteaux are spread across the land, including Château de Sully, called "The Fontainebleau of Burgundy." Beaune, 197 miles (315 km) southeast of Paris, is the wine capital of Burgundy, lying at the center of the major vineyards. To its north is the Côte de Nuits and to its south the Côte de Beaune. For medieval art treasures, wine, mustard, and ...

The province of Burgundy is a oenophile's Nirvana, but the countryside offers so much more than what is in a bottle. In a remarkably varied landscape, the villages of Burgundy seem caught in a time warp. Town after town contains villages with 16th-century stone houses, and châteaux are spread across the land, including Château de Sully, called "The Fontainebleau of Burgundy." Beaune, 197 miles (315 km) southeast of Paris, is the wine capital of Burgundy, lying at the center of the major vineyards. To its north is the Côte de Nuits and to its south the Côte de Beaune. For medieval art treasures, wine, mustard, and history, Dijon is the capital. Linked to Paris by an expressway (A6/A38) or a high-speed TGV train, Dijon makes the best gateway. The tiny village of Vézelay is still lost in its glorious past of the 11th and 12th centuries, when its Basilique Ste-Madeleine was one of the focal points of pilgrimage in Christendom. Other highlights are the vast Parc du Morvan south of Vézelay, with its lush forests, blue lakes, and tiny villages. Its dozens of scenic trails lure the hiker and backpacker.

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  • Location: France is bordered by Belgium, Luxembourg, Germany, Switzerland, Italy, Monaco, Andorra, and Spain. Burgundy is in the middle of France.Paris
  • Language: French
  • Currency: Euro
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