Vezelay is a town which is not usually high on the regular tourist trail, but instead is high on the list for Christian pilgrims. Vezelay is on one of the routes that lead from France to Santiago de Compostella in Spain which adds to its significance. It is located in the north of the Burgundy region and on the edge of the Morvan Regional Park. It is another hilltop town (hmm I sense a theme here of hill-top towns ie San Gimignano also saw Gordes in Provence) and is a UNESCO world heritage site - The gorgeous town of Vezelay is dominated by the Basilique Ste Madeleine, small streets, alleyways and a few great open green spaces. (My French uncle assures me, that the Basilique has the best acoustics, as his choir often sing there - he lives in the region. He was pretty impressed that I had chosen Vezelay for a pit stop en-route to Paris).
Vezelay was picked for being a small town on the map heading from the South of France and then onto Paris - it was where, we the Frenchies planned to catch up with our dear Australian friends who were also travelling in Europe and making their way from Paris to Switzerland - we had one day where outr itinerary allowed for a catch up/reunion... and so this is how we came to visit Vezelay it.
Vezelay was another great memory , especially for the kids. It was wonderful to see the kids run loose in the parks and the trail that surrounds the town but most of all they could hang out with their Aussie friends - The kids had a great time running around town and kicking an australian football at one of the Parks.
We arrived a night before our friends to had two nights in Vezelay which is plenty of time to relax and also to explore this hill-top town. Vezelay is a really gorgeous place to just walk around and take it all in.
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Ultimately for the Frenchies the hotels and the restaurants are of less importance, the memories are what we take home with us. That is not to say I don't research my hotels for the Travelling Frenchies holidays (but in the nearly 5 months that we were on the road, there was only one place I stayed in that I just hated and I wanted to run out of as fast as possible)