France August 2015 – St-Père-sous-Vézelay

When we first started visiting Burgundy about 15 years ago this church was in a very poor state.

There’s been a lot of restoration work in the last few years…

…but there’s still a lot to do.

I’m glad it’s happening…

…as it’s such a beautiful church.

Despite there being a car park, tourists park all over the place. I love that this householder has put cones out, but made them look pretty.

France 2015 – Vézelay

I was lucky enough to have the opportunity to visit this lovely place twice this year.

The first time was with my parents.

I’ve posted lots of photos of the ‘obvious’ sites over the years, so here are some little things that caught my eye. A nice light fitting…

…a very well behaved spaniel (FYI in my experience any man wearing a beret in France is Belgian)…

….some amazing wax fruit…

….a nice old car…

…and a very funny tourist sign. 

February 2015 – Commagny Priory

It’s been a while hasn’t it? In February found me back in Moulins-Engilbert. The Boy was having a ‘writer’s retreat’, while I had a retreat. Last summer I decided that I was going to take up a new hobby, visiting Cluny Abbeydaughter houses‘.  Given that there are 181 or so, this will take a while.
The Benedictine Saint- Hilaire Priory in Commagny, isn’t a ‘Sites Clunisien’, as the community was probably attached directly to Rome. Although I couldn’t add it to my ‘I-SPY’ list, hey it’s a nice Romanesque church, so why not.

The church is XIIth century, and the priory house (which is a private residence nowadays) was built in 1336.

The day I visited was absolutely freezing, so I didn’t linger inside for long.

The roof was absolutely beautiful, rather like an upside down Viking longboat.

The light was beautiful that day.
I adored the stairs. They look like an enormous pencil sharpening.


I must pop back again as apparently there’s a holy well, mentioned in ‘The Golden Bough‘ no less. I don’t think The Weeping Cross would forgive me if I didn’t track it down.

Burgundy 2014 (Le Retour) – Panneçot

Given that we’ve been visiting our relatives in Moulins-Engilbert for over a decade, we’re often asked if there’s anything new to see. There is, including a little tea room...

 …next to the local canal

…which our hosts had only discovered this year.
The Boy and I like it so much that we went a number of times.
It wasn’t just popular with us!

There were big plastic boats…

…small plastic boats…

 …and beautiful wooden boats.

I’d love this little summer house overlooking the canal basin. 

France 2013(2) – Lac des Settons

I’ve been very slow to blog my holiday pictures this time, I think it’s because for once, I really didn’t want to come home.

The Boy and I are far from being ‘Beach Holiday’ people, but we ended our trip with a blissful couple of afternoons sat next to a beautiful reservoir, the Lac des Settons.

We read, snoozed and I swam in fresh water for the first time in forever.

It was close to perfection.

France 2013(2) – Mont Beuvray

Mont Beuvray is a very special place.

It’s the site of the Gaulish settlement, Bibracte…

…and there’s still a lot of digging going on. This was a Roman villa.

There are some amazing tree roots…

…and a Holy Well…

…some interesting modern structures to cover excavations…

…views over the beautiful Morvan…

….rocks…

…and walks through the woods.