Europe 2012 travel blog

white cows..taken Dijon to Paris!

unexpected corners

in the mustard shop

Jennie rubbing the owl for good luck

the start of the owl walk Darcy Place

Jennie Sitting in the foyer of the Hotel de Cloches as if...

Burgundian flags in the main street (more around the cormer)

Left Switzerland in pouring rain. Fortunately the worst of it happened on the French motorways not going up, down and around winding Alpine roads. The road we were on from Lausanne to Dijon in France had no tunnels. WE would our way through the Alps.

Memories of what I was able see during the drive and in the pouring rain.

Cows!! vineyards, orchards and lots of crops. Somewhat amazed by the amount of farms that seemed to be crammed in. Productivity is probably way higher than ours. Fields were really small but packed solid.

Through the Alps, even with the limited visibility, we could see waterfalls, rushing rivers, tall forests of trees, high mountains looming over us and the winding road either going up or down above and below us.

AS we got further into France the white cows appeared again (not that we'd seen that many of them) and gradually the flatter river flood plains.

WE spent two nights in Dijon. A day and a half in the city.

Every city has something that makes it a bit different. Here, there were again surprises down narrow lanes. But not being as ancient they were more decorative and ornate than Lucca.

The mustard of course rates a mention. We had thought English mustard was much hotter than French and the smooth Dijon mustard pretty bland. We learned differently. The best mustards were spicy and very tasty, However there was a glitch. The three main types are made with wine and only guaranteed for two weeks. Customers bring their jars in and have them filled up. SO their standard export Dijon mustard, made with white vinegar, may well be as bland as we know it. But they did have alternatives, loads of flavoured mustards: herbs spices, and fruit. All of which keep well, and which were very tasty.

Other things on my Dijon memories are the quirky gargoyles on buildings in all sorts of niches and spaces as well as on the more usual below roof. On one building each was in a different pose of holding up the roof.

The owls hold a special place in Dijon. There is one low on a wall that the locals believe brings good luck if you rub it.

Most cities have guided walks. Dijon also has a self guided one called "the Owl Walk". After purchasing a book for 3 Euros you start off following little brass triangles with an owl on them. When you hit a point of interest there is a bronze owl plaque in the footpath.

The front was the point of interest on the walk: not the interior! but we had to see inside.

There were lots of other interesting houses and statues that were not included in the walk book, but were well worth the time to look

The main street had the flags of Burgundy towns fluttering all down its length

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