RE: VISITS TO THE SURROUNDING AREA
Welcome Team: Are you talking about the people who told you what to do in Taizé, sold you your meal tickets etc? Of course, they don't want people to use Taizé as a kind of cheap base to explore the area and not join the community at all. That's why they always tell this to newcomers.
But you are able to do some exploring in your free time, you have enough hours between bible groups and work shops. Don't miss Cluny, very close to Taizé, there are the ruins of a huge abbey, also very good food and wine.
There are also some prehistoric caves nearby,near Azé, south west of Tournus.
West of Tournus there is Brancion, if you go up there you have a wonderful view.
All this can be done in a few hours, if you do the tour in the caves maybe longer, but nobody will frown at you, they won't even notice.
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