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Guidebook for Charly

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Guidebook for Charly

Arts & Culture
The beautiful medieval cathedral town of Bourges is steeped in history and its cathedral is one of the largest in France, renowned for its striking tympanum, sculptures & stained glass windows. It is recognised as a UNESCO world heritage site.
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Cathédrale Saint-Étienne de Bourges
14 Place Étienne Dolet
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The beautiful medieval cathedral town of Bourges is steeped in history and its cathedral is one of the largest in France, renowned for its striking tympanum, sculptures & stained glass windows. It is recognised as a UNESCO world heritage site.
Gien’s Château overlooks the Loire and is one of the oldest châteaux. It contains a museum devoted to hunting, history and nature in the Loire Valley.
Château de Gien
1 Place du Château
Gien’s Château overlooks the Loire and is one of the oldest châteaux. It contains a museum devoted to hunting, history and nature in the Loire Valley.
Chateau Meillant is a must visit if you are in the area. Beautifully situated and amazingly sculptured and decorated chateau. Excellent and very amusing guided tour. Afterwards you can walk in the in the lovely park and see vintage vehicles and carriages and super model buildings in the outbuildings.
Château de Meillant
1 Rue d'Uzay
Chateau Meillant is a must visit if you are in the area. Beautifully situated and amazingly sculptured and decorated chateau. Excellent and very amusing guided tour. Afterwards you can walk in the in the lovely park and see vintage vehicles and carriages and super model buildings in the outbuildings.
This palace was built by Jacques Coeur - A powerful merchant at the head of a huge network of trading posts, Jacques Cœur was appointed finance minister to King Charles VII in 1438. He was ennobled in 1441 & became the King’s right-hand man. The palace (1443-1451) is testimony to his rank. Court jealousies led to his arrest in 1451. Escaping from prison, he fled to Rome. He died of disease when leading a Crusade in 1456. Jacques Cœur became a legendary figure & French poet François Villon wrote of his life and deeds. We love the lifelike statues that adorn the false windows - they look as if they are gossiping.
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Le Palais Jacques-Cœur
10Bis Rue Jacques Cœur
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This palace was built by Jacques Coeur - A powerful merchant at the head of a huge network of trading posts, Jacques Cœur was appointed finance minister to King Charles VII in 1438. He was ennobled in 1441 & became the King’s right-hand man. The palace (1443-1451) is testimony to his rank. Court jealousies led to his arrest in 1451. Escaping from prison, he fled to Rome. He died of disease when leading a Crusade in 1456. Jacques Cœur became a legendary figure & French poet François Villon wrote of his life and deeds. We love the lifelike statues that adorn the false windows - they look as if they are gossiping.
Parks & Nature
Apremont-sur-Allier’s Château is surrounded by a spectacular flower garden inspired by Vita Sackville-West’s landscaped garden in Sissinghurst.
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Apremont-sur-Allier
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Apremont-sur-Allier’s Château is surrounded by a spectacular flower garden inspired by Vita Sackville-West’s landscaped garden in Sissinghurst.
Essentials
Local Boulangerie - essential for those fresh morning croissants!
Jacob Yvan
16 Place de l'Église
Local Boulangerie - essential for those fresh morning croissants!
There are 3 medium size supermarkets in Dun sur Auron; LIDL Mon – Sat 9 – 7pm CLOSED Sunday Bi1 Mon – Sat 9-7pm, Sunday 9-12 SuperU Mon–Thu: 9 – 12, 2:30-7pm Fri-Sat: 9-7pm, Sun 9-12 Like most locals we shop at all 3 for our weekly shop.
Intermarche Dun Sur Auron
14 Route de Bourges
There are 3 medium size supermarkets in Dun sur Auron; LIDL Mon – Sat 9 – 7pm CLOSED Sunday Bi1 Mon – Sat 9-7pm, Sunday 9-12 SuperU Mon–Thu: 9 – 12, 2:30-7pm Fri-Sat: 9-7pm, Sun 9-12 Like most locals we shop at all 3 for our weekly shop.
Friendly Vets - reasonable price - c €30 for worming and passport stamp required for return of dogs to UK.
Veterinary Office AuronVet
32 Route de Bourges
Friendly Vets - reasonable price - c €30 for worming and passport stamp required for return of dogs to UK.
Food Scene
A friendly restaurant just 10 minutes away where you can enjoy a leisurely evening of fine french dining.
Hotel le Lion d'Or
6 Place de I'hotel de ville
A friendly restaurant just 10 minutes away where you can enjoy a leisurely evening of fine french dining.
Stunning setting in the choir of the 17th century Abbey of Saint-Ambroix! Originally a Michelin star restaurant but when the owners wanted to offer a more welcoming atmosphere they declined the Michelin star and created a unique brasserie in Bourges. The restaurant was awarded the Bib Gourmand by the Michelin Guide in January 2017. http://www.lespetitsplatsdubourbon.com/
Les Petits Plats du Bourbon
60 Avenue Jean Jaurès
Stunning setting in the choir of the 17th century Abbey of Saint-Ambroix! Originally a Michelin star restaurant but when the owners wanted to offer a more welcoming atmosphere they declined the Michelin star and created a unique brasserie in Bourges. The restaurant was awarded the Bib Gourmand by the Michelin Guide in January 2017. http://www.lespetitsplatsdubourbon.com/
Yummy Homemade food in a beautiful location near to the Cathedral This restaurant is in a little chapel nestled in the old ramparts of Medieval Bourges near to the Cathedral. A unique restaurant where all the food is handmade and served by its owner. Primarily a tea salon offering delicious desserts & cakes. She also offers lunches (incl. vegetarian friendly) to excite the taste buds - though you will need to make reservations - I would even suggest making reservations for tea and cakes as there only about 6-8 tables. But it is worth it.
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Cake Thé
74 Rue Bourbonnoux
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Yummy Homemade food in a beautiful location near to the Cathedral This restaurant is in a little chapel nestled in the old ramparts of Medieval Bourges near to the Cathedral. A unique restaurant where all the food is handmade and served by its owner. Primarily a tea salon offering delicious desserts & cakes. She also offers lunches (incl. vegetarian friendly) to excite the taste buds - though you will need to make reservations - I would even suggest making reservations for tea and cakes as there only about 6-8 tables. But it is worth it.
Tasty burgers including a good veggie burger (lentil based, with slices of avocado and a salad). Modern functional decor.
Little Gourmet
Tasty burgers including a good veggie burger (lentil based, with slices of avocado and a salad). Modern functional decor.
Shopping
Pretty medieval local town 10 minutes away. Good range of shops, bars & restaurants. Recommend the artisan boulangerie & patesserie & Huilerie D'Auron (which has been making Walnut & Hazlenut oil by hand since 1860). Good Saturday market (8am to c. 1pm) which has about 50 stalls with local produce. 3 medium size supermarkets; Lidl, Bi1 & SuperU.
Dun-sur-Auron
Pretty medieval local town 10 minutes away. Good range of shops, bars & restaurants. Recommend the artisan boulangerie & patesserie & Huilerie D'Auron (which has been making Walnut & Hazlenut oil by hand since 1860). Good Saturday market (8am to c. 1pm) which has about 50 stalls with local produce. 3 medium size supermarkets; Lidl, Bi1 & SuperU.
This oilery has has been making Walnut & Hazlenut oil by hand since 1860. Their oils are famous throughout France.
Huilerie d'Auron
This oilery has has been making Walnut & Hazlenut oil by hand since 1860. Their oils are famous throughout France.
Entertainment & Activities
Just 13 Km away - A preferred spot for our angling friends. Typical fish there are Pike, Trout, Catfish, Tench, Roach, Zander and Pike. See https://comptoirdespecheurs.com/France/coin-de-peche/4353-especes-Pondy for more details.
Le Pondy
Just 13 Km away - A preferred spot for our angling friends. Typical fish there are Pike, Trout, Catfish, Tench, Roach, Zander and Pike. See https://comptoirdespecheurs.com/France/coin-de-peche/4353-especes-Pondy for more details.
Sightseeing
This beautiful hilltop village is the centre of the Sancerre wine growing region. Stunning views, guided tours available, lovely restaurants and bars to sample and buy Sancerre wine.
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Sancerre
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This beautiful hilltop village is the centre of the Sancerre wine growing region. Stunning views, guided tours available, lovely restaurants and bars to sample and buy Sancerre wine.