Wednesday, 27 April 2011

Dijon cuts the Mustard

Hello all,
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… 
Jefferson Arch
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!
Architecturally, Dijon’s Medieval to Modern is a virtual history of styles and its understanding was assisted by enthusiastic and friendly Dijonnais. 


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!  
You’ll notice a portrait of Rod …
from a C15th Nativity scene…. Good likeness.


Street Market on Friday was interesting; French junk has so much more ambience than Australian.

Market, Dijon


Romanesque tiled floor. crypt, St Benigne, Dijon
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.
Cheers petals,
Shane

4 comments:

  1. Hi there, Shane wombat and Clan,
    So sorry we missed saying goodbye to you. We´d just come out of winter hibernation when somebody said, "I want to buy your house!" So..after much hard work, lifting, pulling, hauling, packing, grunting, swearing a lot(?)and all that stuff, we sold our house--last Tuesday! We see you´re having a great time out there in the world. Hope you enjoy every minute of the adventure! We love the pics.--and the words! Wish we were there...Cheers from the AussieCat&theGreatDane from Sverige...

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  2. Hi Shane and Clan! I am the Chinese student from Liverpool University encountered you at Dijon. It's unbelievable that I could find the photo of me and the mascots of both of us taken by you on internet! Really enjoy your articles about the places you visited!

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  3. Hello Chinese anon... send me an email and I'll send you the whole thing... ta for contacting and hope your trip was fun.

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  4. Hi Shane, This is the anon Chinese guy ^^, I'll really appreciate if you could send the photos to my mailbox at aestate@live.cn, it's really happy to read about your blogs! Thanks,

    Bin

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