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Europe » France » Burgundy » Vezelay June 15th 2017

This entry by Tom. Today was always going to be a long day with a lot of things going on and that’s what happened in some expected ways plus some unexpected ways. Caroline and I had a plan to re-visit Guédelon for the first time since our first trip six years ago. I planned to leave early and meet here there as soon as I could, at or not long after 10am when it opens. Luce and Donna would drive her there in the van, we‘d check out all the changes and progress on the site since 2011, and we’d ride the final 60 km or so of today’s route to Vézelay. It was going to be another hot day. After breakfast at the Campanile, I got rolling at about 20 minutes after 8am with most ... read more
stone mason talks to students at Guédelon
work site at Guédelon
Caroline at Guédelon

Europe » France » Burgundy » Vezelay August 19th 2012

On Thursday we drove to Cluny to see the Cluny Abbey, or what’s left of it. The Abbey church was the largest church in Christendom up to the 16th century, only to be surpassed by Saint Peter’s Basilica in the Vatican. All that remains of the church now is the south transept, the cloisters, part of the south wall and part of the entry portal. From the height of the nave and the footprint of the abbey church, we could visualise the immenseness of this church. On Friday, we drove to Vezelay. On the way we stopped at Autun for a couple of hours. We visited the Cathedral and the remains of a Roman amphitheatre. We then proceeded on and arrived at Vezelay. Vezelay is dominated by the ... read more
Cloisters and South Transept of Cluny Abbey
Monastic buildings of Cluny Abbey
Saint Lazarus Cathedral in Autun




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