Well we wanted to do a day trip from Beaune and it was so hard to pick a few villages to explore in Burgundy as there are so many to choose from so we decided to explore Favigny-Sur-Ozerain as it was only a hours drive from Beaune where we we're staying and it was also famous for its aniseed sweets as well as the location of where the film "CHOCOLAT" was filmed in 2000 with Johnny Depp, Juliette Binoche and Judy Dench, a fact that draws in the tourists alone. For the most part when we arrived to this quaint village it was pretty quiet as from the tourist point of view maybe just a few stragglers walking around but we had the village pretty much to ourselves, "YES"" It was easy to see why it was chosen for the film, it is utterly delightful. It is a tiny with a population of around 320, and is built on a hill around a Benedictine abbey which dates back to 719. Monks still inhabit the monastery but we weren't so luck to spot one while we we're there.
This is the little shop that sells this very special and unique local product called "Anise" The Anise is based on a recipe created by the early monks so many century's ago. You can buy them in beautifully printed tins exclusively presenting the village. I think almost every flavor imaginable, and we bought quite a few tins to take home.
This old antique van was used in the movie Chocolat.
This little scruffy mongrel dog followed us everywhere we went, you would turn around and puff he would appear so I got many photos of him, he was so cute.
Flavigny is a delight, the epitome of a romantic French village seemingly untouched by time yet with several discreet businesses, reminiscent of the chocolate shop in the film Chocolat, which keep the locals employed. I took a look in the window below into the empty building inside and there was nothing inside of it, totally vacant but a very rustic old building.
Walking through Flavigny is like walking back in time. Tiny cobbled lanes wind between quaint stone houses with old painted blue doors and colorful window boxes and flowers growing everywhere and the only sounds to be heard are birds chirping or the occasional noises coming from the sounds clicking from my camera.