Northern Italy & Burgundy 2011

Views of Burgundy

Photos by Walt & Gloria Fogler-Mancini


There are many things to be seen in Burgundy, not the least of which are its countryside and vineyards.  Long ago, the monastery at Cluny backed the planting of grapes.  There are many castles and chateaux such as the Chateau de Berzé-le-Chatel below.

Burgundy has about 1200 km of canals and rivers.  Though built for commerce, today they are primarily used by pleasure boats.

The city of Beaune is the wine capital of the Côte d’Or.  While it had Roman origins, it was fortified with walls and a moat when it was the residence of the Dukes of Burgundy in the 15th and 16th centuries. The central old town’s layout and buildings have details from many eras.

The Hospices de Beaune or Hôtel-Dieu, was founded in 1443 as a hospital for the poor by Nicolas Rolin, the Chancellor of the Duke of Burgundy. 

Roger van der Weyden’s Last Judgement was commissioned for the chapel of the Room of the Poors in 1445. 

The small wine cooperative, Clessé, has an 11th century church and fields of sunflowers, as well as vineyards.

The 17th century Château de Savigny-les-Beaune displays the collections of its owner, Michel Pont.  There are more than 80 aircraft, 300 motorbikes and about 30 Abarth racing cars (including some Monsieur Pont drove).  It also produces fine wines.

Chateauneuf-en-Auxois is officially one of the most beautiful villages in France.  The chateau is from the 15th century.

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January 11, 2012                                                                                                                                                                                                                                         wgfm