Sunday, October 15, 2017

Taking the Train from Dijon--Post 8 of 9

"Tree" sculpture made of metal
We had our last French breakfast with M this morning. She gave us some French coffee beans to take home. We packed sandwiches to eat on the train. Tavaux baguettes are so wonderful as is the Comté cheese! We so appreciated all that M did for us while we were there. She made our visit extra special in all ways!

J drove us to the city of Dijon which is the capital of the combined region of Bourgone-Franche-Compté. In 2014, these two regions were combined. On this trip, J actually drove on a toll road. He said in this case it was the best way to arrive at the capital city. It was about a 45 minute drive. Taking the "scenic" route would have added another 30 to 45 minutes.

While we were walking around Dijon, I saw a sculpture that when I first noticed it, I thought it was a topiary plant; but, it turned out to be made of metal!

Saint Michel Church
The history of the city is unique and I enjoyed that J pointed out a number of historical buildings as well as explained the importance of each one.

If the word Dijon sounds familiar. . .think mustard. . . as in Dijon mustard. This mustard originated here although most of the mustard seeds are now imported from Canada! Still, there were lots of varieties of mustard. . .blue cheese, pistachio, green herbs and black olive were a few of the varieties that I sampled. I did purchase a sampler of mustards--there were nine varieties.

Then we stopped in to a cafe to enjoy a hot chocolate or a coffee. On the way to the train station, we saw the city hall and the opera house. Then it was time for us to get on the train and say good-bye to J.

He was a terrific tour guide and he too made our trip memorable in all the right ways! I look forward to the next time our paths cross.


Monica said...

I think you had a really wonderful vacation, Terry! These posts will be a great reminder in your next blog book! said...

Monica, it was a special vacation. Getting to see the sights with a "local" was priceless!