DIJON pt 1 – NEW CONTENT 2017

Dijon is a gloriously civilised and arty city, in east central France, which in its heyday as the capital of historic Burgundy was more powerful than Paris. The Dukes of Burgundy controlled lands not only in eastern France but on into the Low Countries centuries ago. So Dijon has charming old medieval buildings. It was hardly damaged in World War Two because it was not a manufacturing city or major rail hub. The palace of the Dukes of Burgundy spreads across the city centre with galleries and other historic buildings. But Dijon is also the capital of the Burgundy wine region with all those famous names like Nuits St Georges, Gevrey Chambertin and Vougeot close to the city. Gustave Eiffel – yes the Tower man – he came from here. And there are quirky food connections too… Dijon mustard is known globally… you can buy it draught from the Maille shop, from things like beer pumps. And don’t miss the gingerbread makers with their nineteenth century shop – Mulot et Petitjean… these guides run to 40 minutes and 37 minutes… which I think is excellent value…