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Abbaye de Fontenay
Friday, 29 June 2012


To continue our bumbering in Burgundy day, we drove on to the Abbaye de Fontenay after visiting Vézelay, Muséoparc Alésia and Flavigny-sur-Ozerain. 


Many friends over the years have recommended for us to visit the Abbaye de Fontenay and now we understand why. 


The abbey is so tranquil.  The buildings and the grounds have been restored beautifully by a private family. 



It is also an UNESCO Heritage Site.  The abbey was founded in 1118, and it is one of the oldest Cistercian abbeys.


The cloisters were a special favourite of mine.



We both enjoyed our time there and found it hard to leave.  We have many wonderful memories of our bumbering in Burgundy day and of course Byron's photos! 

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Muséoparc Alésia
Monday, 25 June 2012


To continue our previous blog of bumbering in Burgundy, we continued from Vézelay to the Muséoparc Alésia.  The museum takes in three sites - the very large statue of Vercingétorix, the excavations of a Roman city and the actual museum.  Every French school child learns about the battle between the Gauls led by Vercingétorix and Julius César in 52BC.   



The excavations were extensive and interesting.  The Roman town was built on the hill after the battle took place.



Byron has wanted to visit the museum and see the statue ever since he read about Vercingétorix.  The museum was excellent and it appeals to children as well as adults.  We spent about 3 hours all together exploring all three sites.

Children will love speaking to the 'Roman soldiers' and seeing their battle gear and learning about Roman forts. Byron says the helmet weighed about three kilos and it was uncomfortable!





Bumbering in Burgundy
Thursday, 21 June 2012


I first heard the word 'bumbering' years ago while listening to Vicki Gabereau, who is a Canadian talk show host, and decided it should be a real word.  It basically means ambling.  Byron and I have both added 'bumbering' to our English vocabulary. A few days ago Byron and I hopped in the car with our trusty picnic basket and headed east.  We had often talked about seeing the Abbaye de Fontenay, the MuséoParc Alésia and Flavigny-sur-Ozerain.  All of these places are close to each other, so we thought we could do all of these places easily in a day.  And we were right! 

As Vézelay was on the way we stopped for a visit and a croissaint.  Bien sûr!  We never tire of visiting Vézelay and we see something new on each visit.  Vézelay is part of the Santiago de Compostella trail.  As you walk up the hill from the car park there are scallop shells embedded in the street as in the photo above with Byron's shoe.



The cathedral is beautiful. From Tuesday to Friday you can hear the monks and nuns chant the mass at 12:30pm. 



Richard the Lionheart was in Vézelay for three months before he lead the third crusade from there.  Take the time to walk around the town and learn more about the history in that area.  



I loved this sign in Vézealy for a bed and breakfast.

On my future blogs I will talk about MuséoParc Alésia and the Abbaye de Fontenay.  You are thinking I forgot about Flavigny-sur-Ozerain that is on the list of the 100 Most Beautiful Villages in France.  This is where the movie Chocolat was filmed.  It is a beautiful village and we forgot to take photos.  Sorry!

I just finished reading 'The Foods of France' by Waverly Root published in 1958.  For those of you who enjoy French food and French history, this is a very enjoyable read.  Mr. Root is a very good writer and also very amusing.

Festival du Mot
Tuesday, 12 June 2012


At the end of May, La Charité-sur-Loire hosted the 8th annual Festival du Mot.  As usual it was a success.  The Festival du Mot celebrates the French language. 


Throughout the five day festival there are concerts, comedians, theatre, seminars and children's activities.  The festival attracts many visitors from France and other countries.  


When you walk around La Charité-sur-Loire you will notice many buildings with writing on them.  If you look closely they all have the word 'mot' in them.  Mot is the French word for 'word'.  Some the sayings are elegant, thought provoking and others are very funny.

This the wall of the parking lot near our house.  As you can see it is full of writing and each year they have an artist that adds another saying. 


Byron finds the phrase about Cambronne below very funny.  If you are unsure of the meaning please send us an e-mail to This email address is being protected from spam bots, you need Javascript enabled to view it




Bluebells and more bluebells!
Sunday, 27 May 2012


Burgundy in the spring is beautiful as we have so many different wildflowers in bloom. 


For the past six years we have celebrated spring by having a picnic with our dear friends Wendy and Derek amongst carpets of wild bluebells.  Normally we have a four course picnic, but this spring the weather was against us. 



So we had a lovely bottle of rosé amongst the bluebells and then went to a local bistro for lunch.  It turns out the ground was dry enough for a picnic after all our rain.  Ah well, it was nice to spend an afternoon in a local bistro!  

For those of you who enjoy cooking and would like to improve your French, have a look at  This is a fun website and gives you lots of ideas.  I like the part where people give their feedback on the recipes.  Enjoy!


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