Architecture in Auxerre

 I remember the first time I saw what is called a half timbered building in France. It was an almost magical feeling, seeing something in person that I must have seen in photos or movies before. The images were floating around in my mind somewhere but it was such a pleasure to see one. We in the States, I think, are used to seeing the framing or the skeleton of a building covered up. Most of the half timbered buildings are made of oak, a very durable wood, that has been used in buildings that are still standing. It is called half timbered because the log used has been cut in half. The frame is then filled in with bricks or wattle and daub which I assume is some sort of plaster mixed with straw. Whatever, I especially love looking at these buildings.


Many are just brown wood with white fill but Auxerre had many building sthat had been painted with, I thought, great taste like this blue and white one.


I really liked this effect using brick instead of motar.


 A view of several together


 Love the red door. Notice that the street level is higher by about three feet than the original base of this house.


 Yellow-love it


 This had me doing a double take. An English phone booth. It turned out to be a gift from a English town “twined” with Auxerre.

6 thoughts to “Architecture in Auxerre”

  1. These homes are beautiful…I especially love the yellow one too, especially with that gorgeous building behind it! I haven’t seen a red phone booth in ages…we just don’t have them here anymore !

  2. OK, I had to look up Auxerre on the map, because the architecture reminded me of the Alsace region but I was surprised to learn that it is in Burgundy!
    Also, just learned why they are called half-timbered – thanks for that!
    Great tour so far, Linda – I am getting more than my money’s worth 😉

  3. I love these homes as well. When I was living in Provence, I didn’t see any (or if I did, I didn’t remember them) and then I went to visit my sister who lives in Switzerland and saw tons. It was amazing. I absolutely fell in love.

    It was such a bummer to come home to the States and realize that the things I took for granted in France – especially the architecture – just didn’t exist over here.

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