SPORTING ACTIVITIES : GOLF - three excellent golf courses nearby - MONTCHANIN/LE CREUSOT, 18 hole championship standard - CHALON 18 hole, AUTUN, 9 hole. Lots of paths have been created along the canal and former railway lines for keen CYCLISTS, ROLLER BLADERS and WALKERS - 'La Voie Verte'. Bicycles are available to rent at En La Marre at a modest price.There are details available in our apartments of other cycling and walking routes among the vineyards and hills. WATERSPORTS (sailing school , pedalo, boat, windsurf boards) are available on the lake at AUTUN by the golf range; TORCY (Le Creusot) has windsurfing, canoeing, kayaking and rowing, and the LAC DES SETTONS (Morvan Nat. Park) has all watersports, also swimming with beach facilities. FISHING is very popular and available in the many lakes, rivers and canals. Permits are required and weekly/daily ones can be bought in the 'tabacs'. There are several equestrian centres nearby for HORSERIDERS: e.g. Ecuries les Bruyeres, St. Pierre de Varennes (6kms) : email@example.com; Centre Equestre et Poney Club de Montalvin, Le Breuil (Le Creusot) (6kms); ROCKCLIMBING is also available 6kms away at 'Le Bout de Monde', NOLAY. For others check out: www.climb-europ.com
RIVERTRIPS: Why not have a boat trip on the River Saone? Various excursions (day, lunch, dinner, picnic etc.) are available all season at CHALON SUR SAONE (26 kms). Booking required at the Tourist Office in Chalon: email: firstname.lastname@example.org
For a once-in-a-lifetime experience why not try:
BALLOONING OVER THE VINEYARDS: a truly magical experience for that special occasion - two companies operating from BEAUNE: www.airadventures.fr; www.air-escargot.com
Ballooning championship 'Les Montgolfiades' takes place in June at CHALON SUR SAONE with balloon rides and winetastings: www.montgolfiades71.com
CULTURAL ACTIVITIES: For Culture vultures Burgundy has much to offer, apart from its roman history:
AUTUN, CHALON-SUR-SAONE, BEAUNE and DIJON all have theatres and cinemas and many cultural events take place all season.
There are numerous art and sculpture exhibitions throughout the region, especially in TOURNUS, CLUNY, BEAUNE and DIJON.
For MUSIC lovers there is a wide range of events taking place to suit all tastes, from jazz and blues to folk and classical and the summer months are busy with musical concerts in the surrounding towns and villages.
More details of main cultural events are available on our website: www.france4two.com and in the apartments at 'En La Marre'.
WINE AND FOOD: Chris and Judith are great lovers of the local food and wine and can advise on restaurants and wine-buying; they are happy to make reservations for their guests.
Burgundy is the gastronomic centre of France and many wine and food-related events take place throughout the region all year. An example of main events:-
April: - all month. Many food and wine events throughout the region
May: 1st weekend - SAULIEU: 'Journees Gourmandes' - tasting of local produce and wine. Many wine events in other villages throughout the month
June: Lots of winetastings ets. going on all month
July - Bursting with wine and food activities, some combined with music, such as 'Les Musicaves': www.musicaves.fr. COTE CHALONNAISE: open door at private wine growers and co-operatives for tastings of local wines and cheeses;
August: 1st weekend - 'LA RONDE COUCHOISE' : weekend of open door at cellars in the Couchois, tasting local wines and produce; also in NOLAY 'Du Cep en Verre', festival of wine and folk music
August - SAULIEU: Charolais Festival - lots of charolais meat and other local produce to sample
August/September: DIJON - 'Fetes de la Vigne': www.fetesdelavigne.fr
Plus many more, especially in October after the grape harvest - details at EN LA MARRE
Useful website for checking out any activites, events, etc. are:
www.burgundytoday.com - some of the information listed here you will not be able to click on until nearer the time of the event