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Zoom in on: burgundy Janine Marsh visits Burgundy and falls in love with its many charms Photo: Dave Fenwick
Photo: Chateau Tanlay, Yonne Burgundy has it all: glorious countryside, vineyards, amazing gastronomy, a fabulous history, picturesque villages, awesome towns, the Burgundy Canal and an incredible capital city – Dijon. There are also more chateaux in this region than any other in France many of them available to the public as hotels with well stocked wine cellars, gourmet restaurants and swimming pools. Wine, chateaux, gastronomy! Of the hundreds of reasons why you will fall in love with Burgundy, or to give it its French name Bourgogne, and be tempted to visit again and again - these three stand out for me: the wonderful wines - some of the best in the world; the plethora of delicious cheeses and the astonishingly beautiful chateaux. Not to mention the diversity of the local landscape, the chance to stay in a fabulous chateau, amazing heritage, picturesque villages, the waterways, the peacefulness of the countryside, amazing cycle routes, the friendly people, delicious gastronomy and a city that's quite simply extraordinary - Dijon… Dijon Capital of Bourgogne- Franche-Comté The Dukes of Burgundy were once more powerful than the royal family of France. Hugely wealthy, they were patrons of the arts and spent fortunes on making Dijon as beautiful as possible. An enormous palace, wide open squares, medieval streets with gorgeous mansions – their legacy is there on every corner. Wander round Dijon town and soak up the beauty of this historic town that bears so many traces of its illustrious and very prosperous past. Pop into a modern clothes shop and discover an ancient well left over from the 15th Century. Dip down an alleyway and find a hidden medieval house that looks like it was built yesterday.
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