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January 4, 2019

France: Autun

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Autun, a typically attractive French commune

Our visit to Autun in Burgundy France was proof that the brown road signs along the French autoroutes work. We passed by the signs promoting Autun several times as we sped through the area on the north-south motorway. Repetition was the key: A visit became inevitable only after seeing the signs several times. At this point Autun seemed almost famous. How could we not visit?

By the time we arrived for a weekend stay in Autun in April of 2018 the personally inflicted brown sign hype had left us with unreasonably high expectations. When we arrived we found a pretty ordinary historic French town.

That’s not to say that Autun is unattractive or that its history isn’t interesting. It is both attractive and historic. It’s just that the bar in France is high for a commune to be truly remarkable. There’s a lot appealing interesting towns in France. The field is very competitive. Yes Autun is a cathedral city with ruins to prove its importance in Roman times. But then there are a lot of places like that in France. Each is worth visiting.

Cathedral of Saint Lazarus of Autun or in French the Cathédrale Saint-Lazare d’Autun is commonly known as Autun Cathedral.

We stayed in the Hotel Les Ursulines, a former 17th century convent overlooking the ramparts of the medieval old town of Autun.

Last Judgment by Gislebertus in the west tympanum of the cathedral

Autun’s cathedral

A passage couvert or covered passage in Autun

 

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