stroll through the historic centre to discover the half- timbered houses and polychrome tile roofs. You will enjoy a 2 hour Historic Walking Tour to discover the architectural features of Burgundy’s capital. Be sure to visit the wonderful market, “Les Halles”, even if only to feast your eyes. You will be fascinated by its warm and friendly atmosphere and by the multitude of regional products.Also we will be able to visit the closeby town of Beaune and its world famous “Hospices”.With its Gothic facades, and the colored tiles of the roof the Hôtel-Dieu is considered a jewel of medieval Burgundian architecture.
Folklore and heritage
At the foothills of the Pyrenees lies the famous castle of Quéribus,
the last stronghold of the Cathar heresy of the 13th century, built on an impressive rock promontory. Just a few minutes’ drive away we find the Moulin d’Omer which dominates the village of Cucugnan. On site, Roland, the miller, will host us and explain to us the work involved in an active windmill and how he has dedicated himself to bringing back old local varieties of organic wheat,he will tour us around the bakery adjoining the mill and taste the bread and other brioches. Old stones often shelters the most pleasant surprises.
We want to bring you to the Château des Plantes,
where our host, Gilles, an internationally recognized expert for his work in essential oils and natural dyes, will introduce us to the secrets of Woad paste. Gilles will show the process from the plant sources to the extraction of the dyes. You’ll also learn about the ancient dyeing techniques used to obtain the typical blue colour called “pastel”, and the production of oil and cosmetics based on the woad paste of the “Pays de Cocagne”.