Why You MUST Visit Dijon, France ASAP

Why You MUST Visit Dijon, France ASAP

Before moving farther south, and arriving at our current stop, we spent about a month experiencing life in Dijon, France. It was actually a destination we almost overlooked! We had been planning the region, stopping in Strasbourg, Lyon, Annecy, and more when I noticed a name I recognized: Dijon. Yes, I recognized it because of the mustard. No, I had not realized before then that Dijon mustard was named after a place. Did I feel silly? Yes, absolutely.

 Dijon, France – a city that wears its history like a badge of honor while embracing modern life. From its medieval past to mouthwatering treats, here's why Dijon is an essential stop on your travel radar.

Nestled in the heart of Burgundy, Dijon boasts a history that dates back centuries. Once the capital of the Duchy of Burgundy, it's no surprise that the city oozes medieval charm. Grand palaces, Gothic churches, and cobbled streets whisper tales of a time long gone.

Must-See Sights:
Dijon's historic center is a jaw-dropping open-air museum. Don't miss the Palace of the Dukes of Burgundy, a masterpiece of medieval architecture. Stroll through Place de la Libération, where you'll find the grand City Hall with its intricate façade. And yes, the Notre-Dame Cathedral is a stunner too, with its towering spires reaching for the sky.

You can't talk about Dijon without mentioning its famous mustard. This tangy delight has been delighting taste buds since the Middle Ages. Visit the Maille mustard shop and prepare to be amazed by the variety – trust us, it's way more than just yellow!

Speaking of flavors, Dijon is a foodie's paradise. Local markets offer fresh produce, cheeses, and wines that'll make your taste buds dance. Dive into Burgundian classics like coq au vin and beef bourguignon. And oh, the wine! Burgundy is a wine region that's synonymous with excellence.

Art and Culture:
Dijon's cultural scene is thriving too. The Museum of Fine Arts boasts impressive collections from the Middle Ages to the 20th century. The Consortium Museum showcases contemporary art that'll leave you pondering its meaning long after you leave.

Jardin Darcy:
When you need a breather, head to Jardin Darcy. This serene park is perfect for a leisurely stroll, a picnic, or simply unwinding with a good book.

If you're lucky enough to be in Dijon on a Friday or Saturday, the market at Les Halles is a feast for the senses. Fresh produce, cheeses, meats, and local specialties – it's a crash course in Burgundian flavors.

Dijon was an unforgettable experience, and definitely a place we can see ourselves returning to over and over. If you add it to your list, it is a place that'll leave you with a newfound appreciation for both old-world charm and contemporary allure. From mustard to medieval marvels, this city paints a colorful portrait of Burgundy's past and present.

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