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Auxerre town guide


Very much a town of Central France, visitors will find Auxerre just over a hundred miles from Paris, slightly closer to Dijon and fifty miles from Troyes. It is the main town of the Yonne department and is situated on that river.

The river is the heart of Auxerre and a good way to see the town is from it, Bateaux de Bourgogne can be found at the main quayside the Quai de Republique. Either on foot or from a boat, look for the half timbered houses set in narrow lanes. The somewhat haphazard patterns formed by their roofs contrast with the towers and spires that rise above them. The main church is the Cathedrale de St-Etienne which has some superb stained glass. Pottery and ceramics enthusiasts might also like to visit the Musee Leblanc Duvernoy and find out about faience pottery and see some examples of this particular craft.

While in Auxerre you should surely try some local Chablis wine perhaps as a precursor to using your hire car to explore some vineyards later on in particular the villages of Pontigny and Tonnere are worth a visit.

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