But one of the most important changes for Burgundy was the
construction of Le Canal de Bourgogne also known as the Burgundy Canal. This
construction took over two centuries (200 years) and spans for more than 250km and it
completely changed the social evolution for hundreds of small villages and hamlets along
the whole of its route.
The destiny of Burgundy completely changed with the Canal construction, raising its status
from a rural farming area to a that of a great region with navigable waterways connecting
all the way from the north of Europe through to the Mediterranean sea.
Today the canal retains a small amount cargo carrying vessels, but the majority of the
barges are for the purpose of tourists, as many have been converted into floating luxury hotels offering voyages for people to view the region
from an entirely different perspective.
Markets and fresh products are readily available, which are cultivated in the fertile
plains of the Bourgogne region.
We all know that wine and cheese go together and the
varieties of cheese on offer are incredible. They come in all different styles from
strong in character or mild and fresh. A visit to Burgundy is not complete without
trying a cheese board with your red wine of choice.
Now we are sure that you have heard of Boeuf Bourguignon. Well, it is the white
Charolais cattle, which can be seen in the green pastures on the hill slopes, that are
bred to give a remarkable quality of beef, which of course is the most important
ingredient within Boeuf Bourguignon.
Instead of taking a boating trip, taking a ride
in a hot air balloon is another great way of seeing the Burgundy region. In the
early morning or early evening you can often see not just one or two but anywhere up to
fifty balloons floating through the sky with their occupants being able to get a birds eye
view of this fascinating area.