A Travellerspoint blog

Cluny Abbey

Day 26 — July 26, 1996 (Friday)

Ancient building near Cluny Abbey

Ancient building near Cluny Abbey

Up early to fight with a shower on a chain. We survived and got reasonably clean. The French are not seriously into shelves so you get to be a pretty good juggler taking showers here.

Left Beaune headed south on N74. Meursault is a pretty city. Chagny is not. Drove through Chalon-sur-Saône with all its ugly apartment buildings and finally picked up the D14 at Tournus. This took us into beautiful farm country with some very high hills and forests and the occasional picturesque village. At Cormatin we took the D981 to Cluny — a beautiful drive. [Keep in mind that around 2012 or 2013 all these road numbers changed so if you try to follow this, use town names, not route numbers.]

*****

The Fabry tower at Cluny

The Fabry tower at Cluny

Parked the car — for once there was plenty of parking — and bought tickets to the Cluny Abbey Museum and Abbey. We spent the morning wandering the grounds — and being gently chastised when we accidentally wandered into an unmarked “forbidden” area. The lady announced it was, “interdit — strictly forbidden.” Oh well . . . . a small sign would be useful.

We had a light lunch at a sidewalk café in the shadow of the Abbey, then walked around town (literally) to our car and started back to camp. We took the D981 all the way to Chagny, driving through or past one quaint little village after another. You could never choose a favorite town here; they are all so pretty.

Cluny Abbey

Cluny Abbey


Cluny Abbey Church

Cluny Abbey Church


Floor of the Cluny Abbey Church

Floor of the Cluny Abbey Church


Cluny Abbey Church

Cluny Abbey Church


The Cloisters of Cluny Abbey

The Cloisters of Cluny Abbey


Fireplace in the Cluny Museum

Fireplace in the Cluny Museum


Jacques d’Amboise Palace

Jacques d’Amboise Palace

The Round Tower at Cluny

The Round Tower at Cluny

Walked up to the camp café and commandeered a table and chairs to write and read the paper. Took our things back to our campsite and returned to the café for dinner. Dinner was fine until two Dutch couples with a total of four children were seated beside us. Felix (the littlest) emitted shrill screams periodically and somehow four children managed to seem like forty. Their folks got them ice cream before dinner to shut them up — didn’t work. I actually gave up my evening coffee to escape the Dutch terrors. What must the French think; their children are all so well behaved!

Posted by Beausoleil 14:41 Archived in France Tagged abbey cluny burgundy 1996

Table of contents

Comments

Cluny looks really lovely, but screaming children in the confined space of a restaurant are hard to bear!

by ToonSarah

It is, Sarah, it is. Our youngest daughter once suggested no-child areas similar to no-smoking areas for just such non-angelic children. It's tough on a plane too . . .

by Beausoleil

Even worse on a plane - you can't just leave or change seats and a long haul flight is far longer than most meals!

by ToonSarah

This blog requires you to be a logged in member of Travellerspoint to place comments.

Enter your Travellerspoint login details below

( What's this? )

If you aren't a member of Travellerspoint yet, you can join for free.

Join Travellerspoint