A day trip to Dijon

August 25, 2014

We took a bullet train from Paris to Dijon. They go very fast. You need a reservation to ride one; the date, time, and seat are assigned.

Dijon is the capital of Burgundy. Dijon is known for mustard, and Crème de Cassis. Burgundy wine comes from the area.

The Owl and the Pussy Cat

Dijon's symbol is an owl.

Dijon If you rub the owl with your left hand, your wish will come true; but only if you keep the wish a secret.

Phillip the Bold's Tomb

I was very much taken by the small alabaster statues of the mourners that decorated Phillip the Bold’s tomb. These figures, created in the late 14th century, show a level of emotion and character not usually seen in early Renaissance sculpture. I also was taken by the challenge of photographing the figures in poor lighting conditions.

Dijon Effigy of Phillip the Bold

The Frog Fountain

After lunch and some free time for sightseeing and shopping, we met our group at the frog fountain.

Dijon Three thirst frogs
Dijon Frog Fountain
Dijon Then we took a bullet train back to Paris.