Vezelay has an excellent Tourist Information Centre - website here
Musée Zervos, rue St Etienne. Excellent collection of modern art. Open every day except Tuesday 15 March – 15 November (daily in July and August), 10 h – 18 h.
Do not leave without visiting the Basilica of St Mary Magdalen. Early morning is best, as there are few people around. The local monastic community holds daily services and unless you want to take part in the service it is best to avoid those times. In particular, there are marvellous carved stone capitals, with biblical and monastic themes, and a crypt with relics of St Mary Magdalen. The ramparts behind the basilica are very good for picnics and evening walks.
CYCLE HIRE / CANOEING / KAYAKING
All these are available in St Père
There are many marvellous walks in the area, and the paths are good and well marked. There are several circular walks of varying lengths: cards with details are in the house and also available at the Tourist Information Office. We have done all the local ones and can recommend them!
There are specialist shops for books, music, clothes, local food specialities and gifts, and all are worth browsing.
TOURING and PLACES TO VISIT
Here are some of our favourite places. The website Burgundy Eye is a great source of information with details of these and many others.
Other highlights include Chateau Couches with its teddy bear topiary; Chateau de Tanlay (pictured above); the Parc de Morvan with walking and cycle routes and lakes, especially Lac du Crescent and Lac des Settons; Autun with its marvellous ‘bibliotheque lapidaire’ hidden away in the cathedral, Beaune with its medieval Hospices, wine, jazz and Baroque music festivals, and Dijon with its ducal palace.
Montbard is about 40 minutes away by car, and is the gateway to Fontenay (Cistercian Abbey); Alésia, a major Gallo-Roman site, the source of the Seine, and Flavigny, a striking mediaeval village. All are within easy reach of each other and make an excellent day out, with lunch at the local communal restaurant in Flavigny (April – September, plus Sundays in March and November).