Dijon, France│This little city, in eastern France, is the perfect little place to stop if you are traveling around the country. The city is both quaint and historic, with medieval and renaissance architecture to admire. Dijon offers cultural sights, like churches and art museums, plus a wide selection of dining and shopping options. Dijon’s location in the Burgundy region makes it accessible to some of the area’s best vineyards and wine farms.
The city has retained varied architectural styles from many of the main periods of the past millennium, including Capetian, Gothic and Renaissance. Many still-inhabited town houses in the city’s central district date from the 18th century and earlier. Dijon architecture is distinguished by, among other things, toits bourguignons (Burgundian polychrome roofs) made of tiles glazed in terracotta, green, yellow and black and arranged in geometric patterns.
The historical center of this city has been registered since July 4, 2015 as a UNESCO World Heritage site. It is not hard to see why. This really is a gem of a city, and we couldn’t have been happier to have stopped here on our Europe Road Trip. Our main reason for stopping here was because we absolutely love Dijon mustard, so how could we not visit the place were it was created. Dijon mustard came about in 1856, when Jean Naigeon of Dijon substituted verjuice, the acidic “green” juice of not-quite-ripe grapes, for vinegar in the traditional mustard recipe.
Dijon holds an International and Gastronomic Fair every year in Autumn. There are over 500 exhibitors and the event draws roughly 200,000 visitors each year. It is known one of the ten most important fairs in the whole of France.
We parked our car in the city center and saw most of Dijon on foot. As you can see in the above image, we followed the Owl Trail.
Other Posts from Dijon, France:
Discovering Dijon’s Owl Trail
Mustard Tasting in Dijon France