Tuesday, 3 February 2015

Day 116: Cheesy!

Today we drove to the medieval village of Flavigny-sur-Ozerain, which is a member of the Les Plus Beaux Villages de France (The most beautiful villages of France) association. It's also where they filmed the movie Chocolat.

We parked on the edge of the village and walked in, a light snow falling around us. As we reached the first buildings, a small tabby cat ran over and proceeded to follow us as we wandered around the village. It was almost lunch time, so we kept an eye out for somewhere to eat, but the village seemed to be almost completely deserted and there wasn't a single open establishment of any sort to be found. It was very beautiful, though!

Bellies beginning to rumble, we hopped back in the car and drove to the town of Semur-en-Auxois. However, our lunch-finding difficulties continued – the short menu du jour window had closed and each place we went into had run out – but we eventually managed to find somewhere half decent.

We were now a short drive from the village of Époisses, where my favourite runny, smelly cheese is made, so we popped over to buy a little round and have a coffee. The village itself is quite lovely, with a very impressive chateau at its centre. We had our coffee in a classic French bar/tabac/restaurant, where an elderly American woman was loudly translating her French guide to France to her rather bemused husband.

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