My Travel Adventures 2014 – Part 5

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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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I hope you enjoyed following my travels over the last year, I have had some fantastic experiences.

As always I would love to hear your comments and thoughts, what do you think of the new design and layout of the blog?

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30 Comments

  • These pictures make me want to book a trip right now! They are absolutely beautiful; I enjoy reading about your travels and look forward to reading about more!

  • Those desserts look amazing, that one looks almost like those cracker and cheese spreed snack packs you can buy. France is on the short list of countries I want to visit. My great uncle is buried in Saint-James (casualty of WWII). I look forward to reading your upcoming posts about the vineyard tours. I am a sucker for a good glass of wine.

    • Thanks glad you enjoyed the post. I am looking forward to writing about the vineyards too just need to sort through all my millions of pics first 😉

  • I’ve never been a fan of Dijon mustard, but I now wouldn’t mind visiting Dijon, France! It looks like a very interesting region, judging by your amazing photos. I’m not big on wine either, but I can sometimes appreciate a good glass of it with the right food.

  • All those places look beautiful! Just one question: how did you save enough money to travel so much? I’d love to travel, but I’m dirt poor and have other things that I need to use the money for.

    • As travel is one of my main hobbies/interests I just save/budget for my trips, being in the UK it is a good location for visiting Europe easily with lots of different airlines and booking well in advance you can get some good deals 😉

  • I went to France a few years ago – only Paris and just for a couple of days. It was a lovely place but I wasn’t too impressed, to be honest (although the pastries and macrons were *fantastic*). I really wish I had gotten out into the countryside instead. The colors in the photos of the grape orchard are fantastic! And the country-esque architecture is so pretty. I’d love to go back to France and visit Bordeaux or Burgundy. It’s awesome that you were able to have such a nice holiday 🙂

  • I absolutely love these photos! We visited Paris for a few days in 2009, but I wish we’d had a chance to see other parts of France as well! Don’t you just love getting to see the culture of it all? And walking in those little villages will send you back in time almost. It’s always surreal to be surrounded by so much history. I’m an interior designer and loved being able to see all of the old timbered homes!

  • Beautiful pictures! I envy you so much haha. I’ve always dreamed of visiting France. However, with these photos you posted I can imagine myself there. You wouldn’t mind if I set one as my screensaver, huh? 😛

  • Love the photographs. There are a lot of interesting historical and architectural marvels in Dijon, but it’s way out of the way in the Burgundy region if I remember correctly. Still the landscapes and the town center are pretty much a slice of the typical rural French experience. Amazing, really.

    • Thanks. Dijon was good as it had everything needed as a base and the train connections are very good. Beaune is probably better to stay in to be closer to the Burgundy wine region if you are short on time but we found we still managed to see everything we wanted being based in Dijon. We also went to Chablis for the day.

  • It’s a long time since I was last in France but it seems from your photos that not much has changed! I would love to follow the Owl Trail; little things like that in a town or city add to the mystery and novelty of a town, but the pastries in Rue des Forges bring back memories of excellent looking cakes, but the ones I had tasted of nothing. Did you try any of them?

  • Thank you for sharing your experience in Dijon. I plan on going to Paris next year and I will definitely have to stop in Dijon. I love to go wine tasting and look at the different vineyards. I look forward to your post about the different wine vineyards you visited.

  • Your pictures make me long to travel overseas. The architecture and well, simply the class and ancient, rooted aura of the places you visit are so enticing! And the food! Those chocolates are just making me drool! But back to the architecture, specifically the tombs. There is something there that is so moving, so much more ….soulful….than the way things are done here in the US. The only thing we have that really even comes close to the quality of these places is Colonial Williamsburg. One thing that strikes me is the difference between the lives of the rich and the poor then. Looking at that wine cellar, I can just see the peasants toiling to press the grapes and make the Duke his “vin”. The vineyard itself evokes a sense of peace, I can almost smell the earth and sweet grapes. Keep up the great posts!

    • Thank you Katie for your lovely kind words and encouragement. When I know people enjoy my blog it gives me the push to keep getting those blog posts out. Got lots more travel posts coming up 🙂

  • I would love to visit Paris. I think it would so fun to see all of this in person! These pictures are so pretty. There is so much to see in places like this that we don’t ever see. I would love eating the different foods and trying new things also. I hope one day I get to take my family here.

  • Love the square of Rue des Forges. Those timber houses remind me of when I went to Andorra. And how is it that no matter where you go you find some amazing bakeries? You must just have a nose for it or something. My second favorite thing about this post is the stone column with a little decoration carved right in it. Fantastic!

  • Beautiful! I would go there right this very moment if I can! Seriously. I have been thinking of learning the French language for some time now but I am intimidated by it. But because of your blog, you gave me the inspiration to go for it. All I have to do is to read your blog and look at all those wonderful photos you have here. Thank you for sharing!

  • This seems like a nice travel, the pictures looked so silent, I can see so little population in this place. Maybe it is not that crowded unlike other country. I love the building facade. The Gothic style, pointed arches and windows, they are all a sense of rich history. The vine yard itself is another story. I love grape vine yard. I love to see a real vine yard myself. Does it have to be a cold climate to grow grapes? Nice travel dear.

    • Thanks and welcome glad you enjoyed the post. Central France so it has an average climate all the different seasons these photographs were taken in Autumn, the first week of October just a few weeks after the harvest.

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