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Dijon

 

Destination Dijon

This charming French city is located in the Burgundy region and is mostly known for its delicious mustard. But this beautiful, medieval city has so much more to offer. The charming half-timbered houses, interesting buildings, outstanding museums and the proximity of the Burgundy vineyards make Dijon an ideal vacation destination. Dijon has a very well preserved medieval center which is easily accessible by foot because of the many pedestrian walking streets. Stroll around the small city center and pay a visit to the exceptional Boutique Maille Mustard. This heaven for mustard lovers is situated in downtown Dijon, midst authentic 18th century storefronts. The oak-panelled interior makes you feel to be back in the 18th century, surrounded by hand painted earthenware pots, filled with over 30 varieties of mustard. This freshly made mustard contains absolutely no preservatives and is a delight to taste! Although this smooth tasting mustard was originally from Dijon, today the Dijon mustard is produced all over the world. The seeds to make the mustard are manly grown in Canada in fact. Although the term Dijon Mustard refers to the recipe and not to the city itself, the Amora Mustard Museum is an attraction not to be missed.

The province was home to the Dukes of Burgundy and under their reign, the region became very rich and powerful. Especially Dijon was a place of tremendous wealth and an important center of art and science. The Golden Age of Burgundy began mid 14th Century. At that time the Burgundy territory included Northern France, Belgium and a part of the Netherlands. The Dukes Palace is one of the only few remaining buildings of that period. A beautiful and impressive Palace is hosting the Museum of Fine Arts.

Apart from mustard, the Burgundy is famous for its wine, blackcurrant liquor and lovely hearty dishes. Enjoy a glass of kir, a mixture of white wine and blackcurrant liquor, after a long day of visiting the many interesting sights of Dijon. Sit down in one of the charming Bistros and taste the delicious local dishes. Snails in garlic butter, coq au vin, boeuf bourgignon accompanied with a full bodied Bourgogne Grand Cru, simply a treat for your senses. Do not forget to leave some room for cheese plate to end your dinner in Burgundy style!