Happiness is knowing how to enjoy the simple things in life, such as a breath of fresh air in the great outdoors, far from the dust particles, CO2 emissions and other pollutants of our urban world. An invitation…

Up high on the roof of the Jura

Nestling 1,148m up, in the heights of the Jura Massif, the alpine chalet La Petite Echelle seems to come straight out of a fairy-tale with a mountain setting. People come to spend the night and eat simple and traditional cuisine that reflects the image of a local area made up of pine trees and rolling hills that transform with the seasons from vibrant green to immaculate white.

Other pleasures nearby

  • Contemplate the superb 360° panoramic view across the Alps from the peak of Mont d’Or

  • Walk around Saint Point Lake, the 3rd largest natural lake in France that has been jealously preserved.

  • Visit the Château de Joux and learn how one of the pioneers in the fight for the abolition of slavery, Toussaint Louverture, was imprisoned here.

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Up high on the roof of the Vosges

A few kilometres from Belfort town centre and its TGV station boasts the very best of the mountains, the promise of fresh air and the superb elevated landscapes of the famous « Blue Line of the Vosges » as described by Jules Ferry. It is undoubtedly at the Ballon d’Alsace, the highest peak at 1,247m, where you will be able to fully enjoy the view and gaze at a horizon that emerges from the blue-white haze.

Other pleasures nearby

  • Stroll along the Ballon d’Alsace family discovery trail that in 1H (4km) lets you better understand all the natural and historic treasures of this strategically significant natural balcony that has been fought over in the past.

  • Drop in on the town of Belfort, its colossal lion and fortifications by Vauban.

  • Keep the holidays going by dipping your toes into the waters of Malsaucy Lake.

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Up high on the roof of the Morvan

The high point? Haut-Folin. Altitude? 901m. It’s enough to make hardened mountain climbers smile, but should also delight the relaxed traveller that isn’t looking to win any races but rather seeks the opportunity to enjoy a journey whose reward is a sense of freedom and a breath of fresh air.

Other pleasures nearby

  • Excavating the land of our Gaul ancestors and learning more about the ancient fortified town of the Gauls at the Bibracte archaeological site & museum.

  • A few kilometres from there, taste a truly “bon bonbon”, one of the first in France, the Anis de Flavigny at Flavigny-sur-Ozerain

  • On foot, on horseback or by bike, travel along the many trails that take you deep into the heart of a pristine and well-preserved natural environment.

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Enjoy the silence….

Of all the daily nuisances that blight out lives, noise is undoubtedly the worst. So, “Enjoy the Silence” may seem an odd notion, nonetheless… Imagine yourself on the shores of a lake as dusk approaches, with just the lapping of the water and a summer breeze blowing in the leaves… Nothing else. Does it still seem like a strange notion to you?

Colline de Vézelay

Places to recharge the batteries and get away from everything are plentiful… But there are two unique spots, where the weight of the past demands respect. The power that they exude is matched only by the feeling of liberty they provide. Vézelay is one of those sites. At the foot of a majestic basilica, the view out across the green spaces of the Morvan bestows upon the visitor a sense of calm and serenity that is truly timeless.

Other pleasures nearby

  • Discover Avallon, a town fortified by Vauban on the doorstep of the Morvan

  • Climb atop the double bridge of Pierre-Perthuis for the ideal 360° view across the Morvan.

  • Visit the Art Colas lace factory in Clamecy and Vézelay, where the passion and savoir-faire of the Master lace workers has been at play since the XVIII Century


Abbaye de Reigny

Enjoying the silence is a rare commodity these days… But there are still a few places out of the ordinary that allow you to do just that. And what better place than an abbey? Rest assured, we are not going to suggest you join a religious order to get in here. The 300 Cistercian monks that occupied this spot during the Middle Ages have sice left, allowing you the chance to enjoy a most relaxing break.

Other pleasures nearby

  • Visit the Arcy sur Cure grotto (11 caves in total), a reminder of prehistoric times that date back 33,000 years.

  • Stroll along the River Cure, on forest paths that cut between centuries old trees and tumultuous streams.

  • Discover the caves of Bailly that were cut into the living rock, the birthplace of AOC Crémant de Bourgogne sparkling wine. This is an exceptional visit to caves the likes of which you have never seen before.


Recharge your batteries….

C’est dans l’air du temps : on rêve de parenthèse bien-être, de quiétude et de repos loin du tumulte quotidien. Qu’à cela ne tienne, en Bourgogne-Franche-Comté, les thermes de Salins-les-Bains et luxeuil-les-Bains vous invitent à buller…tout simplement

Roman baths at Luxeuil-les-Bains

Already in Antiquity the Romans were on the right track. They built the very first thermal baths for relaxing in. Now it is your turn to take advantage of the thousand-year-old benefits of these hot water springs that are so rich in oligo elements. I bet you are already feeling better!

Bonheurs en plus, pas loin:

  • Feel as though you are in Canada in the Mille Etangs region

  • Do your hair and put on your finery to explore Luxeuil, a town built in pink sandstone that is full of charm and surprises.

  • Lose yourself amidst the cherry trees and step inside the Eco-museum devoted to the cherry in order to get the inside track on the story of Kirsch

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The Dead Sea in Salins-les-Bains

The White Gold of the Jura has been a source of wealth for the region for many years and is today your ally for detox and beauty treatments at an entirely renovated 800m² centre that is bright and Zen. On the programme: traditional Jacuzzis, hammam and massages, but especially the hot water springs that are reputedly richer in mineral salts than the waters of the Dead Sea. It makes you feel like diving right in!

Other pleasures nearby:, pas loin :

  • Trace the history of the White Gold of the Jura at the salt museum in the Grande Saline salt works, and then at the Saline Royale that is listed by UNESCO.

  • Make a small incursion into the Jura wine region just a few short kilometres away.

  • Stretch your legs along the walking trails and see the mountains start to rise at Mont Poupet.

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