Shearwin's in Europe 2018 travel blog

Palais du Ducs

Rude’s Arc d’Triomphe statue

The head remembered last nights Pinot however we were away at 0830 hrs for a sandwich and pastry breakfast at a Paul’s Boulangerie.

A stumble upon find of the office of tourism confirmed that Dijon doesn’t have a hop on/off bus and 3.5 Euro later we departed with a map of the cities’s walking trail which was forecast to take an hour to complete. There is the Owl Trail and three loops.

We completed the Owl trail and the Zola Loop at 1530 hrs; somewhat longer than indicated.

Highlights of the walks were the Jardin Darcy with it three tiers of landscaping and a prominent water feature, the Place du Theatre surrounded by the 8 column fronted Theatre, the Eglise St Michael and La Neuf. La Neuf contains the local library formed from the nave of the abbey church of St Etienne ( one church put to practical use) as well as the Rude Museum. Rude was the Dijon sculptor who created the famous busts of Laperouse ( features in Australia’s first settlement) and Marshall Ney. He is also responsible for one of the major works on the Arc d’ Triomphe.

One of the grandest buildings of the city, the Palais Des Ducs Des Etates De Bourgogne contains the fine arts museum which traces the life of the four great dukes of Burgundy. This very wealthy and powerful dynasty have left an impressive legacy of art that is on display in the museum. It also contains the tombs of John the fearless and Philip the bold; very impressive art pieces.

We stopped for a shared Salad lunch in the Place de Zola just before the 2 pm close down.

After , we continued to stroll the city noting many more points of interest while taking in the atmosphere of this very old part of the city. Dijon like most French cities and towns is littered with eating establishments of all types. We concluded the afternoon around 1600hrs by booking a Trip Adviser recommended restaurant L’Armore for dinner at 1930 hrs.

We were on time for our booking having walked the 900 metres and taken a drinks break in a nearby cafe that was decorated in purple and red and could easily have had a red light hanging out the front. Our dining enthusiasm was destroyed when we were told that the restaurant was booked out. It appeared I had booked a similar named restaurant but in Paris. As we did not have time to make that reservation time we retired to the area of the central market for an alternative. The restaurant was attractive, the Chardonnay was fine but the 3 course Plat, especially the over cooked duck left something to be desired.

After dinner we walked back to the Palais du Ducs to view the lighting. Another wine later, we wandered back to the hotel impressed we had made the effort to stay up late and see the city at night; it was 2245 hrs.

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