Chablis and the countryside towns of Burgundy
This morning we went into Chablis village which, not dissimilar to Barolo, offered plenty of opportunities to get to know the Chablis wine much better. The village of Chablis itself is very pretty and didn’t feel overrun in anyway by tourists, in fact it was actually pretty quiet.
We had a nice walk around popping into some of the Chateaux outlets to look at the wines and also found a nice waterside walk leading into a park, which allowed Juno to have a god run around. Although, we were met by the dogs disallowed sign, we figured now that we were in France and not in Germany we could ignore it – it did pay off and we saw others doing the same.
They clearly have a lot of Japanese tourists in this part of the world as quite a few of the signs and adverts were in Japanese as well as French.
Unusually well planned for us, we had mapped out our route around Burgundy whilst in Lake Titisee so had a bit of ground to cover today, albeit at a pretty leisurely pace. We set off from Chablis just after lunch and winded through the countryside to a “pretty little village” called Noyer-sur-Seine which has a village centre that looks relatively untouched from medieval days and is claimed to be one of the best preserved of its kind.
It was ok – it was pretty hot at this stage and we had a walk around somewhat aimlessly before returning to Knigel and setting off for the next “pretty little village” – Semur-sur-Auxois described in the Rough Guide as being impossibly beautiful. And to be fair it was, the vistas were pretty stunning. We walked a tourist route for a couple of hours to take in the natural vantage points and appreciate the views and architecture.
I think by this stage though we were both feeling a little fatigued (which you may have picked up) about “pretty little villages” and I in particular am feeling a bit “pretty little villaged out”. I think I was probably a bit of a grump which Mich and Juno may noticed!
We have not, for different reasons, had much of an opportunity to explore on foot, with Juno, the countryside and go for long walks which was one of the major things we wanted to do and so having had a sit down and a drink decided that we would head into the Morvan National Park and set up camp. We want to get ourselves out and about, and have a look at our plans over the coming weeks to focus more on this type of activity rather than moving from pretty village to pretty village (of which France is absolutely stuffed full of).
So we found a campsite on the east side of the Morvan National Park in a place called Saulieu which on first impressions was pretty run down and relatively quiet but we have found ourselves on a perfect pitch right in the corner meaning Juno has got a lovely big garden to chill out in. There are walks within the boundary of the campsite to take her out for a quick trot first thing and last thing and longer walks starting from the site deep into the local forests. We also have a wifi mast right next to the motorhome, the fridge is full of good food and drinks, and we’ve got stacks of episodes of Games of Thrones on the laptop. All is good again with the world.
Now, if we could only shake these rain clouds off our tail…