You may be tempted to visit Chalon during the pre-Lent carnival (Feb or March), which features a parade of giant masks and a confetti battle, or for one of the most remarkable festivals in Burgundy, the three-day Montgolifiades which has a display and a race of dozens of multicoloured hot-air balloons, it take place in the last weekend of May (w montgolfiades71.com). As most of the sponsors are wine producers, the event is a great excuse to drink and be merry.

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