The French city of Dijon is the capital of the Burgundy region. Originally a Roman settlement, it became the seat for the Dukes of Burgundy and by the late 15th century had developed into a very wealthy and cultural city.
Amongst Dijon’s many museums, the Musée des Beaux-Arts, found in the Ducal Palace, is home to a European painting collection starting in Roman times and continuing to date.
The Palace of the Dukes and the States of Burgundy is also worth visiting. Dijon Cathedral, dating from the 13th century, is dedicated to Saint Benignus. The city’s multi coloured terracotta roofs are very distinctive.
Despite being known for the world-famous mild mustard, which is not a unique local product, Dijon produces world-class wines. As well as sampling delights like the Gevrey-Chambertins and Vosne-Romanées, a drive through the idyllic “route des Grands Crus” will take you through some of the prettiest countryside in France. Make sure that you leave time for an aperitif; try the locally produced blackcurrant liqueur Crème de Cassis, which is also a ingredient of Kir.
The city is host to the Dijon International & Gastronomic Fair in early November, which celebrates its 82nd year in 2012. Early September sounds like a good time to visit the city with the Les Puces Dijonnaises flea market attracting those looking for bargains. The Dijon Velotour is a fun cycling event, the 15 kilometre circuit takes in many of the city’s attractions.
Dijon has a public transport system of buses and a new 2-line tram system. You can hire bicycles to get around the city at a more leisurely pace. The main railway station (Gare de Dijon-Ville), has high-speed TGV trains to Nice, Strasbourg and Paris.
Posted : Monday, September 24th, 2012 at 10:00
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