Besançon, Franche-Comté, France


Our last European holiday destination was Besançon in Franche-Comté district of France. It is another city with reach history. It has been mentioned in Julius Cesar times.

The city center is surrounded by the Doubs river, in the past giving it a fantastic defensive stance and giving the modern tourist fantastic scenic views. It’s Citadelle dominates of the town and is probably the most visited attraction.

This is a very tourist friendly city with lots of small cafes, open air markets and lots of small shops to explore. If you manage to be there during quiet time you may be forgiven for thinking you have moved back in time as the city preserved its character perfectly.

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Osselle Grotto, Besancon, France (Besançon)


This very unplanned visit to the Osselle Grotto near Besancon in France was one of the most rewarding parts of our journey. The cave system is quite large spans many kilometers and although it has been known now for many years is still not fully explored. The grotto apparently contains bones from over 3000 bears, which must have lived there over the time. The colors and formations within the caves are fantastic.

The tour there takes over an hour and if you plan to visit make sure you remember the cave system maintains constant 11C, so dress appropriately.
The owners of the grotto also have an amazing mineral exhibit, which they open to the public just before the cave tour.

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