Ex libris

When away from books, manuscripts and dazzling illuminations, and with a few days to spare along the eastern ribs of France, make sure you tick the following: a. visit (at least) a Romanesque basilica in Burgundy; b. stop for (at least one) wine-tasting along the Côte d’Or; c. Move from the Pinots to the pine trees in the neighbouring Alps; d. go skiing in Haute-Savoie and watch the world from an altitude of 3230m.

The church of St Philibert of Tournus, built in the early 11th century as a Benedictine abbey, is a masterpiece of Romanesque architecture in Burgundy.
The extensive crypt of St Philibert church of Tournus lies on the edge of revelry.
Nunc est bibendum. Clos de Vougeot is one of the wall-enclosed vineyards in Burgundy. The Château du Clos de Vougeot is to the left.
The trouble with skiing in the world’s largest ski area (Les Trois Vallées) is that it takes forever to move from one valley to another.
Looking south from Mont du Vallon (2952m).
Méribel Mottaret (1750m) lies nicely between the two extremes of the Les Trois Vallées area (700km of slopes).



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