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.

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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.

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The extensive crypt of St Philibert church of Tournus lies on the edge of revelry.

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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.

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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.

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Looking south from Mont du Vallon (2952m).

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Méribel Mottaret (1750m) lies nicely between the two extremes of the Les Trois Vallées area (700km of slopes).

 

 

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