Our last trip of 2014 was in October when we travelled to Dijon in Eastern France after spending the day in Paris. Dijon is in the Burgundy region of France, the world-famous wine growing region, notable vineyards, such as Vosne-Romanée and Gevrey-Chambertin, are found nearby and the road from Santenay to Dijon is known as the “route des Grands Crus”, where eight of the world’s top ten most expensive wines are produced. The city of Dijon is of course also well-known for its famous mustard, Dijon mustard first originated here in 1856.
We spent a few days based in Dijon, having a base here enabled us to enjoy the city while also getting out and about in the world-famous vineyards.
Dijon, Eastern France
The Musée des Beaux-Arts
Located in the former Palace of the Dukes of Burgundy in the historic centre of Dijon, The Musée des Beaux-Arts in Dijon is one of the oldest museums in France. It is well-known all over the world, due to its huge collections ranging from Egyptian art to the 20th century.
The reconstructed tombs of the first two Dukes of Burgundy, Philip the Bold and John the Fearless are found in the great hall.
The Owl’s Trail
There is a lot to see and do in Dijon and it’s easy to find your own way around town. Just follow the Owl’s Trail or “Le Parcours de la Chouette“. The trail is named after the stone owl at the Notre-Dame church, La Chouette, the little owl carved on one of the pillars is the bringer of good luck, stroked by countless passers-by. Adopted by the town as its emblem, little gold owls are embedded in the pavement all around the centre of Dijon, you can buy a guide to the Owl’s Trail at the Tourist Information Office. This provides brief explanations of the 22 stops along the trail.
The Old Town – Rue des Forges
The Rue des Forges is a lovely area full of old timbered houses, quaint shops, and cobblestone streets. It was great to stroll around, enjoy a cake or two and photograph all the fantastic buildings.
Wine tastings & tours
We did a few tours on this trip and visited several vineyards which as always was an amazing experience. I intend to post more about these tours individually so meantime here are some photo highlights.