L’Impressioniste: The Gallo-Roman town of Dijon is a delight

The abbey
The abbey

ABOARD THE L’IMPRESSIONISTE — Signals come, signals go. Even though we have no Internet service for long periods of time, the area remains breathtakingly beautiful as well as perfect, weather-wise. The rain is behind us and yesterday, as we toured the city of Dijon, our band of seven were hard pressed to find a more idyllic vacation day.

Dijon is a city that I was planning to visit years ago when my husband and I stayed in a town called Chambery and did daily trips exploring the region. Dijon and Lyon were on our dance card for the day but we completely missed the turnoff to Dijon. A “confrontation” ensued and we spent a lovely day in Lyon.

I had a second chance.

The Gallo-Roman town is a delight

From the 48 frantic gargoyles atop the city’s Notre Dame to the pigs on display in the market (where the fruits, veggies and array of cheeses are to die for), Dijon is a place you don’t want to miss. The capital of the Burgundy region, it is a beautiful city with an area-wide population of about 250,000.

Market in Dijon
Market in Dijon

And, yes, we all brought back some mustard, although the big unkept secret is that the mustard seeds come from Canada.

The church of St. Michel is charming and dates back to the end of the 15th century. The artworks inside are quite distinctive.

Dijon has a charming botanical park and countless streets with lovely shops.

It took 20 years, but I went to Dijon, been there, done that and got the mustard.

The Abbey

Honeymoon suite at the Abbey
Honeymoon suite at the Abbey

Lunch today was a short ride from the lock where our barge is tied up at a Relais de Chateaux hotel. Grounds are beautiful and the rooms are gorgeous.

Lunch was three courses with most of us opting for the prawn starter, cuttlefish and a choice of desserts. As with most meals in Burgundy, a Kir Royale came first and was welcomed by all. A tour of the four-star Abbaye de la Bussiere followed.

Rounding out the day was a visit to a 13th century chateau. Our cocktail and snacks before dinner were followed by an hour-long musical performance by two locals and a crew member. Good times, bon temps.

July 3, 2014

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