Awaken to Villeneuve Sur Yonne in Burgandy, France

Bonjour mes amis,

I hope you’re all having an inspiring week. I’d like to introduce you to Villeneuve sur Yonne- a town along the Yonne river about 112kms from Paris, between the villages of Sens and Joigny. This town is not so familiar to the many tourists visiting Burgandy and that is precisely why you should go.

You never know what “out of the way” may bring and sometimes it’s the least expected or the quiet divergence which brings us our greatest pleasure. My french awakening can attest to the fact that “out of the way” can also be great fun and my general rule of thumb is to keep an open mind when travelling through France (or life for that matter).

The little town of Villeneuve sur Yonne can be easily scanned through the windscreen of your car as you pass through its main street. It will take you not ten minutes to cruise from one end of the main entrance archway gate to the other.

From the Gate of Sens to the Gate of Joigny…

Villeneuve sur Yonne offers a single line of modern shops typical of a small town- a pharmacy, garden supplies, grocery store, post office, boulangerie and so on, in a vintage skeleton of 12th century stone.

But slide out of the car and there’s another story…Wander its outskirts (down and around) and you’ll touch the lapping water of the beautiful Yonne river and have the opportunity to go cruising with the current in a local barge or boat.

Or keep walking in any compass direction and discover history poking its head up here and there …

And if you’re lucky enough, (and it’s not difficult my friends) you’ll discover a little bed and breakfast with adjoining restaurant called ‘The Owl’s Nest’ or  locally known as ‘Auberge La Lucarne aux Chouettes’.

You won’t realise until much later that this unsuspecting little cottage which was once a boathouse, is owned by one of my favourite actresses, Leslie Caron. Take a closer look at her establishment here:

http://lesliecaron-auberge.com/US/auberge_us.html

(I love the use of blue toile fabric and the French quilts on the beds!)

You know this is the same lovely, elegant yet fiesty Leslie Caron who starred in my mother’s favourite film called ‘Gigi’ as a girl. Perhaps it was her favourite film because she fell in love as I recall, with Maurice Chevalier. His swooning French husky voice and cheeky sense of humour certainly won mum over and she has been secretly in rapture over him to this very day. (Sorry your secret is out mum!) Have a listen to Maurice and let me know what you think.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xSGM3ZTP2nw&feature=related

(Don’t you think that Maurice Chevalier must have had THE most romantic name in the world. It just rolls off the tongue, non?)

Leslie Caron has been lucky indeed for many reasons. This amazing woman is beautiful and independent with an extensive repertoire of films, still acting while well and truly in her seventies. Her more recent film, ‘Chocolat’ with Juliette Binoche, Judy Dench and my own heart throb Johnnie Depp, makes me think that she chooses wisely and that the apple does not fall far from the tree, mum!

So what’s a famous film legend living in a little place like this? Living luckily indeed.

There’s plenty of life in Villeneuve sur Yonne. And by the looks of what this local is carrying, I would say there’s plenty of romance yet.

Thank Heavens.

It’s always been up to you HOW much you see!

Au Revoir,

Best Wishes, Therese Waddell

copyright@2010 Therese Waddell

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2 Responses to “Awaken to Villeneuve Sur Yonne in Burgandy, France”

  1. Beverly Champion Says:

    Beautiful site-Southern girl (Alabama), have always had a passion for ANYTHING French- Think it began around age 7 by plundering(southern for rambling), in Momaw’s old trunk and found a white cotton hankie embroidered with the Eiffel Tower sent over during WWII. I was mesmerized! The language, culture, food, fabrics,colours– Everything is so incredibly fascinating! Thank you for sharing. You are very blessed! Bonjour!

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