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37km (23 miles) E of Mâcon; 425km (264 miles) SE of Paris; 61km (38 miles) NE of Lyon

There are two reasons to visit the ancient capital of Bresse: The first is to explore the intensely romantic national historic monument Brou Monastery, as well as arguably the best-preserved apothecary in France; the second is to dine on the only free-range chickens in the world to have their own appellation d’origine contrôlée (certificate of origin).