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Burgundy Travel Guide France

Burgundy is a fascinating region of France, often known as the land of fine art and living and even today the area has a slow pace of life.

The landscape is made up of gentle rolling hills that are from granite and limestone, yet eroded by the centuries, and of oak, maple and pine forests.

In Morvan the hills climb to almost 700 metres above sea-level and yet in complete contrast to this, the rivers of the Saone, Yonne and Loire have over the years smoothed the lowlands.

Burgundy Province

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Burgundy Province of France

But one of the most important changes for Burgundy was the construction of Le Canal de Bourgogne also known as the Burgundy Canal.  This construction took over two centuries (200 years) and spans for more than 250km and it completely changed the social evolution for hundreds of small villages and hamlets along the whole of its route.

The destiny of Burgundy completely changed with the Canal construction, raising its status from a rural farming area to a that of a great region with navigable waterways connecting all the way from the north of Europe through to the Mediterranean sea.

Today the canal retains a small amount cargo carrying vessels, but the majority of the barges are for the purpose of tourists, as many have been converted into floating luxury hotels offering voyages for people to view the region from an entirely different perspective.

Markets and fresh products are readily available, which are cultivated in the fertile plains of the Bourgogne region.

We all know that wine and cheese go together and the varieties of cheese on offer are incredible.  They come in all different styles from strong in character or mild and fresh.  A visit to Burgundy is not complete without trying a cheese board with your red wine of choice.

Now we are sure that you have heard of Boeuf Bourguignon.  Well, it is the white Charolais cattle, which can be seen in the green pastures on the hill slopes, that are bred to give a remarkable quality of beef, which of course is the most important ingredient within Boeuf Bourguignon.

Instead of taking a boating trip, taking a ride in a hot air balloon is another great way of seeing the Burgundy region.  In the early morning or early evening you can often see not just one or two but anywhere up to fifty balloons floating through the sky with their occupants being able to get a birds eye view of this fascinating area.

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