One of the loveliest of France’s most beautiful villages, Flavigny-sur-Ozerain is perhaps best known as the setting for the film Chocolat starring Juliette Binoche and Johnny Depp. In ‘real life’ though, the village is famous, not for chocolate, but for aniseed lollies.
Lolly production takes place in the abbey, built in the eighth century for the Benedictine monks. The same recipe has been in use since the sixteenth century but today the lollies are available in a wide variety of flavours. The abbey and lolly production line are open to the public on weekday mornings or you can visit the lolly shop Anis de Flavigny—but check the website as opening hours for the shop and the abbey vary throughout the year.
Below the abbey, crypts from the Carolingian time (ninth century) can also be visited and are open in the morning and afternoon.
If you have seen the movie Chocolat, you will no doubt want to visit the parish church of Saint-Genest. Although this church is more than nine hundred years old, there is very much a sense of a church well-used and well-loved by the local community. On both sides, stairs lead up to a gallery where you can sit quietly, undisturbed, and contemplate all that these walls have seen over the last nine hundred years.
Let’s visit the church and wander through the back streets…
Which long-distance walk visits Flavigny-sur-Ozerain?
The Burgundy Canal from Migennes to Pouilly-en-Auxois
Where is it? Find it on Google maps
Accommodation is available at:
Couvent des Castafours
NOTE: If you are walking along the Burgundy Canal, Flavigny-sur-Ozerain can be reached using the shuttle bus from Montbard. However, the first shuttle bus arrives in Flavigny-sur-Ozerain at 11h40 which only leaves you 20 minutes to visit the abbey before it closes for lunch. A better option may be to take a taxi from further along the canal at Venarey-les-Laumes or Pouillenay.