Exploring France – Part One

We’ve just spent an amazing couple of days exploring parts of France we’ve always wanted to visit.  On Friday, we jumped on a train and travelled to Dijon.

The train ride is a pleasant one, taking passengers through the picturesque French countryside, and in less than 2 hours we’d travelled from Lyon to Dijon.

With only one day available to explore the Burgundian capital, it goes without saying that we were keen to make the most of our time in Dijon.  A little bit of internet research suggested we would do well to consider ‘The Owl’s Trail’.

The Owl’s Trail is a self guided walking tour around the historical centre of Dijon.  You buy the guide book for 3.50€ from the Tourist Information Office (there is one conveniently located at the Dijon train station, as well as two other offices in the town) and then follow the little brass owl markers to numerous points of interest.

We found the tour both interesting and informative, and it ensured we got a great overview of Dijon.  Highlights included Jardin Darcy, the covered market and the Palais des Ducs. I am sure families travelling with children could have a great time doing this tour, as the kids would be very entertained keeping track of the owls – I know Scott and I were!

The guide book also makes suggestions of additional things to do along the way.  One of these was to climb the tower of Philippe le Bon.  The 46m high tower was built to reflect the power and wealth of the Dukes of Burgundy. If you can deal with the 316 steps to the top of the tower, you are rewarded with a gorgeous view of the entire area, including the famed tiled rooftops.

Tickets for the tower climb/tour cost 3€ and can be purchased from the Tourist Office at 11 rue des Forges.

There are also many opportunities to try the renowned food, wine and, of course, mustard of the Burgundy region – restaurants, bars and food stores are plentiful, catering for all tastes and budgets. I got the feeling that it would have been difficult not to find something yummy in Dijon!

If you are ever in the area, I’d certainly recommend a visit to Dijon.

Until next time – au revoir.


About Janelle

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