Vezelay, a designated UNESCO World Heritage Site, and famous for it’s Chardonnay and Pinot Noir…oh, and our next stop…

This delightful hilltop town was originally established in approximately the 9th century, the location being naturally very defensible. The Basilica of St Magdelene is also a designated World Heritage Site, and while beautiful I only photographed it from the rear as sadly the front was (like so many of the buildings we visited) covered in scaffolding, undergoing renovations. Understandable I suppose, since it dates from the 11th century! This little town is, like so many in the region, a photographers paradise, and I found myself using not only the two standard lenses (24-105 and 17mm), but also the 70-200mm. This I used to create a panorama of a town that can be seen from Vezelay; in particular from the grounds of the Abbey. I don’t know the name of this little town, but just liked the resulting panorama which I have posted here.

Most of the panoramic images that I post have been created from a minimum of 5 individual images, although sometimes it is many more. I post them here to give a feel for the landscape we were enjoying traveling through, but of course the small size limitations of the blog web page (maximum1272 pixels in width) mean that sadly nearly all of the fine detail is lost. Really these images need to be printed to a decent size in order to be properly appreciated… Maybe one day…

Vézelay, a commune in the Yonne department in Burgundy in north-central France
I absolutely loved the ubiquitous wisteria in France, and this restaurant has a stunning entrance portal… © Michael Evans Photographer 2013
Vézelay, a commune in the Yonne department in Burgundy in north-central France
Halfway up the hill, looking back down the street in Vezelay… © Michael Evans Photographer 2013
Vézelay, a commune in the Yonne department in Burgundy in north-central France
another ‘still life’ moment… © Michael Evans Photographer 2013
Vézelay, a commune in the Yonne department in Burgundy in north-central France
…not content with covering one building, the wisteria will possibly take over the town one day! © Michael Evans Photographer 2013
Vézelay, a commune in the Yonne department in Burgundy in north-central France
Still having fun shooting the lovely signage… © Michael Evans Photographer 2013
Vézelay, a commune in the Yonne department in Burgundy in north-central France
One of many lovely restaurants on the way up the hill… © Michael Evans Photographer 2013
Vézelay, a commune in the Yonne department in Burgundy in north-central France
Ahhh…more wine to taste.. The vineyards surrounding the town are believed to have been established in the 9th century also. Today the main grape varieties are Chardonnay and Pinot Noir… © Michael Evans Photographer 2013
Vézelay, a commune in the Yonne department in Burgundy in north-central France
Another turret… © Michael Evans Photographer 2013
Vézelay, a commune in the Yonne department in Burgundy in north-central France
Marie… a house in Vezelay… © Michael Evans Photographer 2013
Vézelay, a commune in the Yonne department in Burgundy in north-central France
Le Porc-Epic in Vezelay! © Michael Evans Photographer 2013
Vézelay, a commune in the Yonne department in Burgundy in north-central France
Taken with the 70-200mm f2.8 L IS USM… the final stitched image of 9 frames offers incredible detail. I can see a farmer working in the field at one end of the image, and a motorist stopped by his car at the other end of town…unfortunately lost in translation to a web friendly file… © Michael Evans Photographer 2013
Vézelay, a commune in the Yonne department in Burgundy in north-central France
Back of the UNESCO World Heritage listed church in Vezelay…© Michael Evans Photographer 2013
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22 thoughts on “Vezelay, a designated UNESCO World Heritage Site, and famous for it’s Chardonnay and Pinot Noir…oh, and our next stop…

    1. Hi Dennis, thank you for your knowledge and taking the time to comment – we were on the road for about 5 weeks, and by the end were becoming a little forgetful of the names, so I found myself photographing the town signs with the red line through them (denoting that we were leaving the town) just to match up all the files when we arrived home!

  1. Bonsoir les amis, c’est tout simplement ravissant ! J’avais déjà vu des photos
    de Michael Evans ! J’aime beaucoup ces vues ! Il aime certainement le
    Chardonnay et le Pinot noir !!! Moi, également ! A bientôt pour d’autres
    photos et merci a vous Victor Tribunsky pour ce partage !!! ♥♥♥

    1. You know that you mention on your blog that you feel like you are still searching for your photographic niche, well I do believe that one way to bring your photography into focus (excuse the very poor pun!) is to travel, immersing yourself in new sights, sounds, smells tastes and emotions – maybe a trip to France? Definitely recommended!

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