TRAVELS WITH YOUR NAVIGO – CHÂTEAU DE CHANTILLY

The Chateau de Chantilly and its domaine. Photo, thegoodlifefrance

Although France has so many impressive châteaux scattered throughout the country, there is one that never fails to take your breath away.  The Château de Chantilly in Picardy is one of the most spectacular in France, set in a vast estate of 7,800 hectares.  At less than 50kms from the centre of Paris, armed with your Navigo Pass it’s easily accessible for a perfect day out.

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ALL DRESSED UP FOR CHRISTMAS!

Printemps Dept. store on Bvd. Haussmann. Photo, hoteletatsunis

France is famous for its illuminations during the festive season.  Despite the huge drop in numbers of visitors, and almost in defiance of the difficulties faced by everyone during this extraordinary year, Paris in particular is dressed with its usual impressive lighting displays to celebrate the holiday season.

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TOWNS OF CHARM AND CHARACTER IN BURGUNDY

Cathedrale St Etienne, Auxerre. Photo, bourgognemedievale

The historic Burgundy district is blessed with some of the most beautiful rural landscapes in France.  There are world-renowned vineyards to visit and charming small cities, but the region also has a wealth of picturesque towns and villages rich in historical and gastronomic heritage that are a joy to discover.  It’s worth striking further afield from its beautiful regional capital, Dijon, and the wine capital of Beaune to explore some of the other riches of the region.

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MORE GEMS OF THE BURGUNDY DISTRICT

Hot air balloons departing from a Burgundian chateau. Photo, exclusivefrancetours

Burgundy has such a wealth of attractions, ranging from the famous vineyards and the two major towns of Dijon and Beaune, it’s easy to lose a sense of time in these places and not leave enough to explore the region in greater depth.  There are so many rewarding sights to discover, ranging from hilltop medieval villages and Gallo-Roman strongholds, to the quiet beauty of abbeys and monasteries, not to mention hot air ballooning or a gentle cruise along one of the region’s canals.  There’s huge selection of exciting things to see and do, enough for many visits.  Here are a few more interesting suggestions.

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BURGUNDY – LAND OF FINE ART AND FINE LIVING

A typical Cote dOr village in autumn. Photo, matteocolombo

Burgundy is full of surprises and contrasts.  Running from Auxerre in the north to Mâcon in the south, this is a vast and varied landscape of wide rivers, dense forests, granite hills, limestone valleys, meandering country lanes and rolling hillsides.  Of course, even without all this beauty, the attractions that draw most visitors are the region’s wonderful food and world famous wines.

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