Burgundy Food Specialties

In an earlier post, I had mentioned the La Grange eatery in Flavigny-sur-Ozerain. They serve homemade cooking. Here we had roasted lamb with black lentils and sauteed zucchini. This place has many customers.

Lunch at La Grange

On morning, when the croissants were sold out, I ended up trying a local specialty. This is called a gougère and has a creamy cheese filling. Gougères are made of  savory choux pastry mixed with cheese.

This was my favorite place every afternoon.

This area was full of butterflies! Most of them were attracted to purple and burgundy colored blossoms.

What to See near Flavigny-sur-Ozerain

While in Flavigny-sur-Ozerain, most of my time was spent resting in the garden. If I wasn’t reading, then I was dozing in my lounge chair underneath a canopy of leaves.

Some mornings, we drove around the vicinity and stopped in other villages for lunch. The best place to have lunch is right there in Flavigny-sur-Ozerain though. Visit the La Grange (open from noon – 6pm) for its daily specials.

One of those morning trips took us back to Châteauneuf-en-Auxois, where we had vacationed in 2003.

Châteauneuf en Auxois

There are busloads of visitors coming to Châteauneuf en Auxois, including students on field trips.

We also visited the Abbay of Fontenay one morning (entrance fee: euro 10 p.p.) In 2004, the gardens of Fontenay were awarded the National Label ‘Remarkable Garden’ by the Ministry of Culture.

I love trees, so was in awe when I saw the gardens’ gigantic bicentennial plane tree, which was planted in 1780 and measures approximately 40m in height.

The Source of the Seine River

The source of the Seine River is located in Source-Seine, Burgundy on the Plateau of Langres in the department of Côtes d’Or. The park area is nicely kept and ideal for picnics and strolls.

This man-made grotto, built in 1865 above the Seine source, houses a statue of the nymph Sequana.

Source Seine

I did a bit of water-tasting.

We also passed through this little town, Billy-lès-Chanceaux, where we saw a somewhat bigger version of the Seine.

Billy-lès-Chanceaux and the Seine

Unfortunately, I do not have a photo of the full width of the Seine River. This one will have to do.

In Paris, the river’s width varies from 30m to 200m.

This photo is from 2014, and the padlocks are gone by now, removed by the city in June 2015.

Holidays in Flavigny-sur-Ozerain

For our summer holidays, we chose this little mountain village (population of 303) in Burgundy for its solitude, and that is exactly what we got.

Flavigny-sur-Ozerain is a quiet village with few tourists, and it is also listed as Plus beaux villages de France. This was the view from one of the upstairs windows of our self-catering vacation rental. *

Room with a view in Flavigny-sur-Ozerain

The village seen from the valley.

On Main Street, soon after entering through the Port Val, you might want to look up to one of the windows of the houses on the left. She is definitely a piece of art.

This shop was the setting for the movie Chocolat (with Johnny Depp).

This is what we did most days – relaxing, reading, drinking wine, shopping for good things to eat, and mostly lying in the garden, shaded by trees.

* In case you’re interested what vacation rental we had booked, here it is: https://www.holidaylettings.co.uk/rentals/flavigny-sur-ozerain/6122857

I can highly recommend it, if you want quiet days and need time to visit yourself.