Le tour de la France par deux enfants, chs. XXIX to XXXVII – Franche-Comté

Previous Location: Vosges in Lorraine

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The Pinchon illustrated map for Franche-Comté

Chapters XXIX to XXXII – The boys have an arranged ride from Épinal in the département of Vosges, province of Lorraine, to Vesoul, the main city in the département of Haute-Saône in the province of Franche-Comté, where they spend the night, then the next day start on foot to Besançon in the département of Doubs, but when rain falls, they catch a ride with a woodworker who turns out to be a drunk. The resolution of this misfortune continues into chapter XXXII, when the boys, at last, arrive in Besançon.

The city of Vesoul is especially known for its celebration of Saint Catherine on the 25th of November each year. Foire de la Sainte-Catherine à Vesoul : la tradition des Catherinettes and Vesoul : le retour de la Sainte Catherine, très attendu par le milieu agricole and C’est votre tour à Vesoul : préparatifs de la Sainte Catherine, all from France 3 Bourgogne-Franche-Comté. See also Vesoul : les petits secrets de l’église Saint-Georges from France 3 Bourgogne-Franche-Comté.

Chapter XXXIII – The boys begin working for a merchant, who promises to take them all the way from Besançon eventually to Saint-Etienne in the département of the Loire in the province of Lyonnais.

Chapter XXXIV – A digression on the proper care of horses.

Chapter XXXV – The boys travel to Lons le Saunier and Salin les Bain, known for their salt; then to Les Rousses, on the Swiss border, known for its cows. All these towns are in the Jura département in Franche-Comté.

Videos: Au fil de temps : Salins-les-Bains from Météo à la carte; Salins-les-Bains, sur les traces du sel jurassien, also from Météo à la carte; and Les alpages du Jura et le fort des Rousses.

Chapter XXXVI – Julien visits a cheesemaker. Video: Rencontre : Fabien, le fromager à l’ancienne du Jura from Météo à la carte.

Chapter XXXVII – The merchant and the boys stay at a farm where the men work on watch parts in the evening, and the women knit socks.

Vesoul and Besançon, Salins and Lons le Sauner are all marked on the Pinchon illustrated map for Franche-Comté.

Echappée en Franche-Comté & Jura from Échappées belles.


Longfellow’s Poem of Places

Besançon in Doubs

Toussaint L’Ouverture by William Wordsworth (1770–1850)

Toussaint L’Ouverture by John Greenleaf Whittier (1807–1892)

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