Flavigny sur Ozerain

sits broad and solid on its hilltop in Burgundy, not far from the supposed battlefield of Alésia, where Julius Caesar finally defeated the Gauls under Vercingetorix. A walled city, Flavigny knew prosperity in the Middle Ages, when it was a safe haven and a place of pilgrimage. The walls, however, failed to keep the English out during the Hundred Years War. Today, it has a population of about 600 in winter, many more in summer. 

Flavigny is one of the Plus Beaux Villages de France. Thanks to the walls, the village is almost entirely medieval; I particularly liked the doorways. 

For photos (old but not too faded) see



Les Anis de Flavigny, actually made here,  are tiny aniseed-flavoured sweets, often seen in bakeries and next to supermarket checkouts.

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