Places in Yonne
The countryside west of Auxerre, known as La Puisaye, is a lightly populated landscape of woods, winding creeks and dark hills. The area is best known as the birthplace of Colette (1873–1954), author of La Maison de Claudine and Gigi (and 50 other novels) and is of particular interest because much of her work explores her rural Burgundian childhood.
The alluring riverside town of Auxerre (pronounced 'oh-sair') has been a port since Roman times. The old city clambers up the hillside on the west bank of the River Yonne. Wandering through the maze of its cobbled streets you come upon Roman remains, Gothic churches and timber-framed medieval houses. Views span a jumble of belfries, spires and steep tiled rooftops.
The well-to-do, picturesque town of Chablis, 19km east of Auxerre, has made its fortune growing, ageing and marketing the dry white wines that have carried its name to the four corners of the earth. Chablis is made exclusively from chardonnay grapes and originated with the monks of Pontigny.
Tours and activities
3-Night Tour from Marseille to Paris: Provence, Rhone-Alpes, Beaujolais and Burgundy
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Tips and articles
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