Next on the map, was Vézelay – a beautiful hill top village in Northern Burgundy – which we arrived in on a cold and rainy Saturday afternoon.  We were greeted by our host, Casimir, owner of Le Compostelle, our modest but very comfortable accommodation for the next few days.   The staff of the hotel could not have been more accommodating, and when you have an 18 month old who refuses to sleep at night {only one of the nights, thank goodness}, you become very appreciative of people like this.  An awe inspiring 11th Century Abbey – the Basilica of St Magdalene – sits at the peak of the town, looking over  Vézelay and the surrounding countryside.  There are also a lovely selection of restaurants and boutiques to visit as you wander through the town.  One of our days here, {to allow maximum time for Jack to sleep}, we set off in the car at morning, map in hand, and drove all day – discovering each little town or château as we went.   As we stopped in a tiny town for a lunch of pappardelle with beef ragù, surrounded by locals enjoying their Sunday family lunch, I thought ‘this is what it means to travel’.

Vézelay, France | brownpaperbelle.com
Vézelay, France | brownpaperbelle.com
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1 Comment on Travel Series: Vézelay

  1. Baking With Gab
    July 30, 2013 5:08 pm at 5:08 pm (4 years ago)

    What a gorgeous place! Beautiful photos.

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