About South-east of Paris – ‘Lower Burgundy’
Burgundy is a land of plenty. Its magnificent cathedrals compete for attention with bastions of gastronomy and world-famous vineyards. There is a colourful history of crusaders and Burgundian dukes; equally colourful architectural features such as the traditional decorative roof tiles; and a distinctive culinary pedigree laced with local specialities, from mustard and cassis (blackcurrant) to edible snails, freshwater fish, Charolais beef and classic wines.
Any trip to or through this part of France should include one memorable meal. A couple of nights in decent small-town hotels, plus daily picnics bought from amazing local delicatessens, releases sufficient funds for one or top dining experiences.
This area is swiftly bypassed by the Paris-Beaune section of the Autoroute du Soleil (A6), the main holiday route south to the Côte d’Azur. Those wishing to explore the area in depth should look at Undiscovered Burgundy [link], while the area round Fontainebleau is covered in Around Paris. The southern part of Burgundy including the famous vineyards and the wine towns of Beaune and Macon is covered in Southern Burgundy and the Rhone Valley[clickable].
As well as a direct TGV link between Paris and Dijon (1 hour 40 minutes), there are stopping services via Sens (connected to Auxerre, and Avallon for Semur-en-Auxois), Joigny, Tonnerre and Montbard (for Fontenay). Otherwise you have to rely on local bus services – or hire a bike at the station.