Dijon, the capital of Burgundy, is not short of panache or attractions for anyone who wants to discover a whole section of French history. Its medieval heritage with the Dukes of Burgundy and the fine wine route, give this Burgundian city a feel that is both grandiose and provincial.
Just like Bordeaux, it's the architectural wealth of the city center that gives you your first surprise. Half-timbered houses along the rue de la Verrerie, intricately-worked facades like the maison Maillard and the blonde color of the stones in place François Rude... Dijon knows how to show off its heritage. A skill for visual display that we found in abundance on the plates of restaurants that serve local cuisine with worldwide renown. Who could honestly say they've never heard of the unmissable beef bourguignon or coq au vin? Dijon really wouldn't be the same without its specialties but also without its Michelin award-winning gourmet restaurants.
The Burgundy capital's ultimate piece of staging is the Gothic Notre-Dame Dijon church and its army of gargoyles on the facade. A quite simply grandiose spectacle that absolutely must be complemented by a more popular tradition, that of the "lucky owl"; touch it with your left hand and your wish will come true! And if you're attracted by the idea of a less grand side of Dijon, get up early and head for Les Halles, a stone's throw from the medieval center. In its covered market, you'll discovers a Rabelaisian town, earthy and lively, with its passionate craftsmen, its busy producers ... All in a glass and wrought iron setting that dates from the 19th century.
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