Here we are in Dijon…
... that’s the cathedral behind me…
..we started in Square Darcy, a pretty park with sculptures and ducks and people walking dogs.
|Square Darcy, Dijon|
And wandered down into the town where we had breakfast at the place on the left, the “Liberty Brasserie” and enjoyed a croissant and coffee before heading to the Archaeological museum. The Triumphal Arch seems to have been re-dedicated to Thomas Jefferson in 1989 as an acknowledgement of his assistance in defining Liberty, Equality and Fraternity. Through the arch is “the Hotel du Nord”, a really good dinner there and on the left with the red awning, the “L’Imprimerie” another good dinner in a place themed to books and printing with ½ of Dijon from 14 to 85 yo munching to rock music…
I had my photo taken with “The Owl” held by a Chinese student (from Britain) and his Rooster alter–ego…. He’s on a similar trip to me!
One particularly keen chap was the attendent in the Archaeological museum who attached himself to us like a limpet and proceeded to explain all in French ….we did manage to understand some but he was soooo keen, for 11/2 hours!
|from a C15th Nativity scene…. Good likeness.|
You’ll notice a portrait of Rod …
Street Market on Friday was interesting; French junk has so much more ambience than Australian.
Had a nice little “rip-off” in Place de la Republic when on ordering “deux, the”, waiter (who would have made a good model for Honore Daumier, sloping head, ingratiating manner, slick smile) instead presented us with two Kir’s…. when paying bill, (E 9.80) I handed him 20.80 only to be returned 10.00 change and a sickly smile. I picked a 1E coin from his hand, “Merci !” He scowled and offered a wonderfully obsequious, “Merci, Ms”. All good fun!
Lovely city, and the Dijonnais, terrific… would like to spend more time here… but on to Lyon and daughter.