Yes, the Dijon of mustard fame. We had spent the night in Beaune, and our plan was to take the train the short distance further for a brief visit to the capital of the Côte-d’Or département and of the Burgundy region.
After a breakfast of café crème, fruit juice and a croissant, we strolled the town of Beaune once again in the morning light working our way to the train station, and arrived at the Gare de Beaune in time to catch our mid-morning train for the 30 minute ride to Dijon. It was a beautiful spring day with vineyards all along the route through one of the most famous wine producing regions in the world.
The area of Dijon has been populated since Neolithic times, and was later a Roman settlement named Divio on the road between Paris and Lyon. Home to the Dukes of Burgundy from the early 11th until the late 15th centuries, Dijon was the seat of extreme wealth and power, earning respect as one of Europe’s great centers of art and science.
The varied architectural styles in Dijon represent many of the main periods of the past 1800 years. It is this diversity of styles that makes walking around this city interesting. Add to that the fact that Thomas Jefferson visited Burgundy in 1787 for 10 days of wine tasting while serving as the first U.S. Minister to France (1785-1789).
Unfortunately, we were in Dijon for only a part of the day, so we only touched on the many things the city offers. Still we enjoyed wandering this famous city and its rich architectural treasures.