A charming walled medieval village.
This sleepy village is almost picture perfect- from its medieval walls and timbered houses with easy access to the countryside for long walks through green fields.
In Burgundy, about 3 hours south of Paris. Map.
BURGUNDY MUST BE my favourite French region. It is easily reached from Paris. Yet if feels like a different country (which, for many years, it was: Burgundy was an independent state, only to be annexed by France in the late 15th century.)
Noyers to me typifies Burgundy: beautiful stonework, historic buildings, green fields, streaming water, moss, and impressive trees. Stones, moss, water: it sounds like enough to make a zen monk salivate and indeed, Noyers is peaceful and calming.
It is situated outside the main wine-growing areas and although it does get some visitors (and has been selected as one of France's 100 most beautiful villages), usually it is a quiet village that pretty much looks like it did a few 100 years ago (if you take away the randomly parked cars that is.) If you spend a few days here you'll probaby get to know all 700 inhabitants quickly enough.
Noyers sits in a meandering loop of the slow-moving Serein, a small stream that historically has been used to power the local mill. The town is protected by the original medieval walls, featuring 19 towers, and surrounded by the river on 3 sides. On the east side, the river comes close to the town, leaving just enough space for a pleasant walking path between town walls and river.
|Promenading along the Serein river, just outside the walls.|
|Stone buildings, old trees and moss are all part of the zen-like Burgundy landscape.|
|Noyers-sur-Serein's main square.|
|Carvings on one of the many half-timbered houses.|
|The view through the gate on the southern end of town...|
|...as well as through the gate on the north side.|
|A Renaissance house, with elaborate stonework and a gabled window.|
|Here's your word-of-the-day: Noyers is rich in pollarded trees.|
|Blue table and stools....|
Noyers Tourist Office