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Located in eastern France bordered by Switzerland, Bourgogne-Franche-Comté is particularly known for red Burgundy wine, Comté cow’s milk cheese, and Dijon mustard.

In 2016, France merged two of its former regions, Bourgogne and Franch-Comté. Bordered to the east by the Jura Mountains, the combined region comprises 8 departments around the region’s capital of Dijon, filled with towns and villages, rivers and canals, nature reserves and vineyards.

City préfecture (Department)


  • Dijon, region capital (Côte d’Or)
  • Auxerre (Yonne)
  • Nevers (Nièvre)
  • Mâcon (Saône et Loire)


  • Vesoul (Haute Saône)
  • Lons le Saunier (Jura)
  • Besançon (Doubs)
  • Belfort (Territoire de Belfort)


In the area of Bourgogne, the Palace of the Dukes is a highlight of Dijon, the largest city; other popular towns include Auxerre along the Yonne River, Beaune with its cobbled-stone streets, Mâcon on the Saône River, and Autun with Gallo-Roman ruins.

See the Bourgogne-Franche-Comté tourism pages.

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Exporing Touraine in the Loire Valley

The city of Tours and Château d’Artigny was a good starting point for our self-guided driving tour throughout the Loire Valley of France. Our day’s agenda took us through the region of Touraine, to Château de Chenonceau and Château d’Amboise. We first arrived at Chenonceau, one of the loveliest and most romantic of all the chateaux… From there, we headed off to the town of…

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Chateau d’Artigny

Upon leaving Chartres, France, we headed off to Château d’Artigny near Montbazon, a few miles away from the city of Tours. Sitting along the Indre River in the heart of the Loire Valley, this near-replica of the 18th-century château at Champlâtreux was completed in 1928. We called it home for a few days while we took in the local sites. However, this…

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Chartres Cathedral

In addition to enjoying rich cafés, fresh local cuisine, regional wine and chévre cheese, we set out to experience the home to some of the world’s greatest architecture… the Loire Valley. This fertile terrain is rich in scenic antiquity and France’s aristocratic past. Abundant with historical fortresses, chateaux and churches, high on my list of places to visit was the UNESCO World Heritage…

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