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GENERAL GUIDEBOOKS


Burgundy - Jura Green Guide
Michelin Travel Publications

Going into the history, archaeology and architecture of the towns and villages of Burgundy, this comprehensive guidebook details in alphabetical order, the principal towns, villages and sights giving them a star rating.

There are useful maps, details of admission times and charges. Where to stay and eat are covered in outline.

 


Food wine burgundy
a Terroir Guide by David Downie

More than just a guidebook, this is good insider knowledge. Amazon says: 'For decades, David Downie and Alison Harris have been exploring Burgundy-they walked clear across it in 2006-reporting on their finds for top magazines and newspapers worldwide. This is the third terroir guide they have collaborated on and perhaps the most detailed and personal of any so far. Burgundy is one of France's great food and wine regions. Many of the world's most sought-after wines come from there; so, too, do some of the most underrated, under-priced white wines in France, most grown in tiny, family-owned vineyards. Each of Burgundy's five wine districts is thoroughly explored in this guide, with recommendations on which wines to buy and which wineries to visit. Wine terminology is explained in a way anyone can understand. On the food side, the Burgundy still has a surprising number of luxurious restaurants, as well as dozens of country auberges visitors dream of discovering. David Downie leads you to just such places, as well as to specialty food shops where you can taste the region's terroir first hand. Burgundy's lush scenery distills the essence of French terroir. Three rivers keep Burgundy's handsome hills green year-round, and each of its sub-regions has a distinctive character where the architecture and art reflect this storied diversity'.


 

Cool Camping – France
Published by Punk Publishing

We’ve had a lot of requests for information on campsites in Burgundy, but haven’t felt competent enough to come up with any recommendations. Until now that is, there are two excellent books that are ‘must-haves’ for your travels with a tent.

Cool Camping has reinvented camping by bringing honest, comprehensive and straightforward reports of the sites visited by their team, and by adding stunning photography and a clean cut book design, have given each entry great appeal. Sixty sites in France are featured, only three of which are in Burgundy; two in the Morvan Park and the other in Nevers. As the Financial Times reviewer said, ‘this guide will have you longing for the open air’ so we hope there will be many more Burgundy entries soon.

 

 



best campsites in France
Alan Rogers Guides

If you would like a wider choice, the Alan Rogers guide lists 22 campsites in Burgundy. The descriptions are factual in varying degrees of detail, and as the Telegraph says, ‘what you read is what you get.’

The France Guide 2014 is the biggest edition ever by a long way. It now includes nearly 850 inspected and selected campsites in France and Corsica and includes a special mobile home section, full colour maps, town/village index, listings for ‘open all year’ sites, ‘dog-free’ sites, sites that offer fishing, bike hire, golf and riding.

 


 

fodor's france 2014

Take a look inside at the preview pages on Amazon and you will want to jump on a plane to Paris.

'Covering the worlds of culture and history, the dernier cri in fashion and cuisine, what's hot/what's not, day trips, night life, and all the memorable sites that have made, and kept, France as one of Europe's most popular destinations.

Fodor's France offers savvy advice and recommendations from local writers to help travelers make the most of their visit. Fodor's Choice designates our best picks, from hotels to nightlife. "Word of Mouth" quotes from fellow travelers provide valuable insights'.

 



Michelin France Atlas 2014
published by Michelin

On a scale of 1:200,000 or 1 cm = 2 km, this is an ideal touring map of France, including 75 town plans. Invaluable on a trip by car, even if you have a GPS..

 



Michelin Guide, France
published by Le Guide Michelin

The Michelin Guide France, published at the end of February each year, is the gourmet's bible. At the top end you have the Michelin starred establishments from one to three stars, which don’t come cheap. But this guide covers restaurants and hotels in all price brackets, accurately describing what you can expect from each entry, whether it is a ‘Bib Gourmand’ or a ‘Bib Hotel’, a quiet hotel or a top of the range restaurant. And it is accuracy that is the key – you know that you can rely on the information in this guide, be aware of the price bracket so that you don’t get a surprise when the bill arrives, and easily source the best places in whatever area of France you are in.

Burgundy with its reputation for fine food is understandably well represented. Following the guide prevents disappointments and mistakes.

 



ACCOMMODATION GUIDES

french vineyards
Sawday's Special Places to Stay series

French Vineyards is a guide that will be irresistible to wine-loving Francophiles. The French wine industry has survived the New World's invasion of the market and its estates - many of which are run by artisan producers - continue to produce a variety and quality of wine that holds its place in our affections. The writer and researcher, Patrick Hilyer, owns a restaurant in northern France and has found owners who combine wine production with unbeatable hospitality. He has chosen places where there is an emphasis on fine food, convivial meals and an easy-going inclusiveness

 


walking the Burgundy canal
ilovewalking series by Melinda Lusmore on Kindle

'The Burgundy Canal between Migennes and Pouilly-en-Auxois offers the perfect combination of easy walking, rural scenery, small villages and historical splendour. Within easy walking distance or a shuttle bus ride from the canal, there are seven châteaux, eleven churches, two abbeys, two of France’s ‘most beautiful villages’ and forty other points of interest such as canal bridges, museums, old buildings and the canal tunnel
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From Pouilly-en-Auxois to St-Jean-de-Losne can be walked easily in 4 days. For the first 60 kilometres to Dijon, the canal takes a romantic winding path through some of the most glorious countryside imaginable and the ‘most beautiful village’ of Châteauneuf, perched high on a hill, will be impossible to walk past. From Dijon, the canal carves a straight line to St-Jean-de-Losne'.


Coming soon: Chemin to Santiago de Compostela