Awaken to Vezelay, France

Bonjour mes amis,

So glad you liked our last adventure! Our next stop is the hill top village and World Heritage Site of  Vezelay.You’re going to love this place, right in the heart of Burgandy.

My french awakening found consolation in the beautiful 12th century village of Vezelay, which is on the pilgrimage road to a church in Spain. Vezelay’s Cathedral reigns over the village, classed as one of the Most Beautiful Villages of France, perched high above the hills. Tourists maraud the main street which is uphill the entire way, but the view from the top is well worth it.

Behind the Romanesque Basilica of the imposing Cathedral of Saint Madeleine (known to the locals as Vezelay Abbey and said to contain the relics of Mary Magdalene), you can allow yourself to wander through the park especially after a music concert in the church.

Sometimes surrounded by many other tourists and locals, you will come to an abrupt wall of stone and there you’ll be completely mesmerised  by the drop dead gorgeous view on the other side.

You will be able to scan the lush green fields of unspoilt French countryside through the fog along the Cure River Valley and I defy you not to think of your childhood and want to roll through its grasses with not a care in the world.

The locals refer to the steep hill of Vezelay as “la colline eternelle”. You will feel on top of the world as we did and totally wonder whether you’ve reached heaven or nirvana especially when  the small community of nuns of the Franciscan Order dart to and fro throughout the village.

Vezelay is an artisan’s delight. You’ll be able to absorb the colours of textured woollen crafts and newly painted canvases, while aromas waft from the many quaint restaurants which line the main cobbled street of Rue St Pierre.

And why not stay here so you can really enjoy the fabulous wine from local vineyards and not drive home? There are bed and breakfasts within arms reach.

The scent of the many candle making shops is seductive. Rich fragrant  candles are shaped into divine decorative fruits of every imaginable size and shape and fill open woven baskets outside the shops for all to pick up and inhale. I can still smell the sweet scent of plump strawberries, mandarin and lemon which fill the air here.

Good quality crafts prevail in Vezelay. Browse the many galleries and dealers selling genuine products of exquisite artistry.

If painting and knitting and crotchet is definately not your thing, find supreme joy in a glace cone of rich ‘vanille’ at the bottom of the village.

Or be really daring and see it all from a seat in a hot air balloon trip over Burgandy.

http://www.france-balloons.com/balloon-ride,bourgogne.php

One way or other, Vezelay holds the answers to your prayers.

Au Revoir,

Best Wishes, Therese Waddell

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