"On the Way to Fontenay Abbey" Montbard by hquittner
Montbard Travel Guide: 18 reviews and 75 photos
We have been through Montbard a few times as we went about our sightseeing in the area, but only stopped one time briefly at the Buffon Park. The small industrial city (pop. 8K) is sited at the Brenne River and the Burgandy Canal. We did not visit its several attractions centered around the famous early biologist, born here in 1707 and who spent much of his life here, Georges-Louis Leclerc de Buffon. He installed a forge in Montbard which has led to an existing specialized metallurgical industry here. More than that, he was the author of the first modern compendium "Natural History" (in 42 volumes, the last 6 by disciples after his death in 1788). He and a disciple were responsible for converting the King's Garden in Paris into the present day Jardin des Plantes (see Our Tips and others under Paris>Things to Do> Parks and Gardens- with many other sites).
The local Art Museum has a number of noteworthy works and there are the various Buffon sites as well as soe old buildings. It js a place to consider as a base for visiting the vicinity. The Abbey of Fontenay is only 6 km away (easily reached by cycle from a barge).
- Pros:Well sited.
- Cons:Limited Access: Canal or Car.
- In a nutshell:Located near many attractive sites.
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