The lesson of Burgundian

By: Tatyana Kogut.
Each trip is a lesson. A tour around Burgundy is a lesson colourful and unforgettable: not just a combination of happenings that excite your feelings and mind, but one integral event. For centuries local customs and way of life have been the same: a gullet of Burgundy wine, personal baker and personal greengrocer, church bells is the evening, morning baguette and a cup of coffee. Immersing into Burgundian life is easy  many people are united by one European culture and, having dug deeper, many will find that they have French routes. What are the constituents Burgundy consists of? The Fontenay Abbey, where Cistercian started selling wine on commercial basis. Sens, with a wonderful covered market building and Roman-Gothic St-Etienne cathedral. Autun and fantastic sculptures adorning the cathedral St. Lazare. Despite their menacing name  the Last Judgement  the figures are not fearful at all, sometimes even funny. The charming Vézelay is from where pilgrims's trip to Santiago de Compostela started. Beaune  and its Hospices de Beaune  an ancient hospital, which could easily compete with modern architectural sights. The capital city Dijon, the prosperous port Auxerre, the tiny Nevers...Burgudy's historic destiny is rather quaint.

In the XV century the region was one of the most prosperous Duchies north of the Alps. Dijon and the cities which at that time belonged to Burgundy  like Bruges, Ghent, Brussels and Liege  could compete even with Italian ones. But following this military and artistic rise there was a period of decline when Burgundy surrendered to the Habsburgs and, later  to France. So, when it comes to policy, one thing that makes Burgundy so special is its past. At the same time, when people hear of Armagnacs and Burgundians, first thing that comes into their mind is French cuisine. But that's nothing bad. Its just the stratification of cultural layers: history, architecture, cuisine, wine. The last ones are often inseparable. For instance, alcohol always comes with food: Pernod before the first course, wine while eating and cognac or Calvados after it. Despite popularization, methods of drinking like this still astonish the north and the east of Europe. Details of this mystery are known to the Mediterranean only, especially to the French Burgundy region which produces 1,5 million of bottles per year. Half of them are exported to 150 countries around the world. Centuries never pass without traces. Refined-mannered men and women of Burgundy, keen on arts and courtly literature, knew nothing of the good ways to enjoy food. Quantity meant more than the quality, the way it looked was more important than the way it tasted. They built multicoloured pyramids of game, launched candy caravels along the rivers of wine, arranged meat in the form of a fish. Arts and painting celebrated their victory over cuisine. But nowadays Burgundy is a gastronomic heaven: the beef of Charollais, world's best escargot (snails), Epoisse cheese etc. It comes as no surprise that four local restaurants were awarded with Michelin stars. Nowhere else in the world can you find a concentration like this. Yes, that's the right word for Burgundy  concentration. While driving along the region every half an hour you will come across either a charming town with market squareFind Article, or a fairytale castle. Returning back to the past is really exciting. Based on the information from the internet.

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