Auxerre, which stands on a hillside where vineyards once grew, boasts a very eventful past. You just need to look at the city’s skyline from the banks of the Yonne to see for yourself. The skyline is punctuated by a number of buildings: Saint-Étienne cathedral, Saint-Germain abbey and the Church of Saint-Pierre all thrust their steeples proudly upwards into the sky above the city. Stroll through the city’s medieval streets and raise your gaze to admire the half-timbered façades. Head to the Tour de l’Horloge (clock tower), near the town hall, a 15th century belfry, besides which once stood the house of Cadet Roussel, an 18th century bailiff who inspired the character in the famous song of the same name.