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June 8th 2012
Published: June 8th 2012EDIT THIS ENTRY

After a leisurely breakfast, I left the hotel about 09h00 and headed into town to buy my usual lunch - quiche and a ham salad baguette. I then went off to hire a bike for the day. My plan was to head up into the vineyards covering a total of 22 miles.

And so, in the warm sun, I cycled through the park and headed downhill alongside the Boulevard Vaubelle to the River Yonne.

Not wanting to take any chances, I used a couple of pedestrian crossings before joining the tow path at the Ecluse Auxerre. Following the canal to Vaux, I crossed the river by a narrow vehicular bridge before locating a well-marked track taking me to Champs-sur-Yonne.

After pausing for a drink of water in the centre of Champs, I crossed the railway and the busy Route National, I made my way through vineyards, to St. Bris.

Here, I'd arranged to meet the verger as I'd heard that the church held an amazing painted artefact. At so, at 11h00, I was greeted by a gentleman eager to show me the delights of this ancient building.

An hour later, I headed through Chitry, where, getting into the lowest gear possible, I slowly climbed the hill at the far end of town. Here, with an amazing view over the vineyards of Chitry, I had my lunch in the warm sun.

After crossing under the motorway, I turn left down a very minor road and managed to find time to look at the famous wine village of Chablis to my right. After the long ascent, it was nice to have the gentle descent down through Montallery, crossing the D965 and continuing on to Les Soleines.

Unfortunately, after the descent, there was a long ascent (2 miles) enabling me to recross the motorway and the final descent to Auxerre.

Back on the voie vert, it was a simple matter of crossing the canal and heading back into the town to deposit the bike.

Sadly, being the last day, the evening was spent packing - and wondering how so much could have been accumulated in such a short time!


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16th Century Carvings16th Century Carvings
16th Century Carvings

Each panel contains local (hidden) animals, e.g., a snail
Detail of the pillarsDetail of the pillars
Detail of the pillars

Each depicts one of the Stations of the Cross
The Tree of JesseeThe Tree of Jessee
The Tree of Jessee

Painted in the 16th Century, this is about 20 feet tall and incredibly detailed.
Stained GlassStained Glass
Stained Glass

This is in a style using greys rather than colours
Wooden CarvingWooden Carving
Wooden Carving

Yes ... wood ... although this 16th Century piece looks like marble.
Painted Family CrestsPainted Family Crests
Painted Family Crests

These wall paintings represent the Coat of Arms of those whose donations help build the church.


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