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Palace of the Dukes of Burgundy
The elegant, classical exterior of this former palace can best be admired from half-moon Place de la Libération and the cour d'honneur. The kitchens (circa 1450), with their six huge fireplaces and (for their time) state-of-the-art aeration funnel in the ceiling, catch the eye, as does the 15th-century Salle des Gardes (Guard Room), with its richly carved and colored tombs and late-14th-century altarpieces. The palace now houses one of France's major art museums, the Musée des Beaux-Arts (Fine Arts Museum). The magnificent tombs sculpted for dukes Philip the Bold and his son John the Fearless are just two highlights of a rich collection of medieval objects, the works of distinguished artists and Renaissance furniture gathered here as testimony to Marguerite of Flanders (Philip the Bold's wife).
Jardin Botanique de l'Arquebuse
Musée d'Art Sacré de Dijon
The Religious Art Museum located in the church of the Bernadine Monastery, has on show works of art, sculptures, paintings, textiles and gold work dating from the 12th to the 20th century. The museum is in the church of the Monastery of the Bernadines, built at the beginning of the 18th century, and opens onto the chapels, choir of the nuns, and the sacristies of both the nuns and priests. The works (sculptures, paintings, textiles, gold work)retrace the development of religious practice over the centuries. The display starts with their iconography and their symbolic meaning, to give meaning to these religious objects that also belong to the cultural heritage. The museum offers guided tours of the workshops and makes use of many educational tools: a booklet about the site, a booklet to help with the tour about the liturgical vestments, linens and colors, and a document about the roots of Christianity.
The Cathedral of Saint Benignus of Dijon, commonly known as Dijon Cathedral, is a Roman Catholic church located in the town of Dijon, Burgundy, France. It is a national monument and is dedicated to Saint Benignus of Dijon. Originating as the church of the Abbey of St. Benignus, it became the seat of the Bishopric of Dijon during the French Revolution and has been the seat of the succeeding Archbishopric of Dijon since the elevation of the former diocese in 2002. The present Gothic cathedral was built between 1280 and 1325, and was dedicated on 9 April 1393. The first church here was a basilica built over the falsely reported sarcophagus of Saint Benignus, which was placed in a crypt constructed for it by Saint Gregory of Langres in 511; the basilica over the crypt was completed in 535. This building became the centre of a monastic community. In 871 Isaac, Bishop of Langres, re-founded it as a Benedictine abbey, and restored the basilica at the same time.
The Arquebuse is a botanical garden, an arboretum and a park. It is a Regional Botanical Conservatory since 2002. It is home to the Natural History Museum - Jardin des Sciences and is an environmental and pedagogical complex of exceptional interest stretching over 13.5 acres. In 1833, the botanical garden was founded by the scientist Bénigne Legouz de Gerland. It is laid out in the great tradition of botanical gardens and consists of four large squares divided into 70 beds fringed by box hedges. Some 3500 indigenous species of national and regional plants are cultivated here. Over 8.5 acres are devoted to the botanic school. A special section is devoted to medicinal plants. In terms of the number of plants, the Arquebuse ranks among the foremost botanical gardens in the world. A variety of remarkable trees are to be found here: cinaberry, American honey locust, Virginia tulip tree and persimmon, bald cypress and an impressive selection of maple trees. A beautiful rose garden has been opened for two years.
The garden Darcy or square Darcy is a public garden, which is 1.5 acres of neo-renaissance style of the place Darcy in the center of Dijon in Côte-d'Or dedicated to the hydraulics engineer, Henry Darcy (1803 - 1858 ). In 1880 the garden Darcy (the first public garden of Dijon) is made in neo-renaissance style on the water tank by the architect Félix Vionnois ( 1841 - 1902 ) with many varieties of trees and flowers, balustraded terraces , basins , fountains , waterfalls , statues , 1 acre of lawn and play areas for children. The polar bear at the entrance to the park is a 1937 reproduction by Henry Martinet of the Pearl of the Orsay Museum of François Pompon ( 1855 - 1933 ). This is the perfect place for a walk with your companion, or a nice place to sit, rest and people watch.
Foods You Must Try in Dijon
Jambon Persillé has been made and eaten in Burgundy for several centuries. Traditionally it was served at Easter, but now you will find it year round. It's a sort of country paté or terrine made with ham and pork, and covered in a layer of parsely-infused gelatin. Some jambon persillé that you'll see in markets will be very bright green while others are more subtle. It's a tasty start to a meal.
Escargots de Bourgogne are snails, traditionally baked in the shell along with a lot of butter, garlic, and parsley. A normal serving is six escargots, and you'll get a special pincer to hold the shell and a small fork to poke out the snail. They're delicious, and be sure to dip your French bread in the buttery sauce.
It was described as 'the king of cheeses' by Brillat-Savarin, the gastronome. The rich and rich-smelling Époisses is made by the Berthaut factory in the village of Époisses from cows’milk, the most traditional version is dipped in Marc de Bourgogne every day for two months. The traditional Époisses is widely available in Burgundy shops. It, of course, features on the cheese boards of restaurants and is delicious as a sauce on steak, in Tarteflette and Croque Monsieur.
Bagatelle can be found in the heart of the Saint François quarter. A chic and stylish bistro, Bagatelle features several different prix-fixe menus along with an a la carte menu. If you’re craving a burger, you’ll find several options including the ‘Force Basque’ version with duck breast, ground beef, a slice of foie gras, smoked pork, tomatoes, pickles, onions, and bleu cheese all on organic bread and served with fries. You’ll also find traditional French dishes.
There are some 150 different varieties of mushrooms in Burgundy, found in the forest of the Morvan and the limestone areas near Vézelay. Truffles too come from the Auxois near Tonnerre and the forest Is-sur-Tille, north of Dijon. You will find a great variety in season in the markets all over the region and the following vegetable shops have particularly good displays: Le Verger de l’Abbaye in Tournus; Au Verger Mâconnais, Macon; Guettard, Auxerre, and Bruno in Dijon.
Boeuf bourguignon (or Burgundy beef) is a hearty delicious meal, with lots of sauce to mop up with your bread. It includes browned beef, pearl onions, lardons (bacon), garlic, sauteed mushrooms, and a bouquet garni (thyme, bay leaf, and parsley). It's cooked in at least a couple of cups of red wine, and the sauce is then thickened with flour, resulting in a delicious meal. It might also include carrots and potatoes.
Coq Au Vin is a popular speciality of the Burgundy region. Real ambassador of the Bresse poultry, this traditional dish is made from a cockerel delicately braised and cooked in a red wine sauce. Free range poultry from the old region of Bresse is definitely the best choice for this typical French recipe. You'll see this dish on many menus in Burgundy, and you'll enjoy this dish with a nice pinot noir.
Eggs in meurette are a traditional dish of Burgundy cuisine based on poached eggs and sauce meurette / sauce Burgundy. The dish is made with poached eggs accompanied by a meurette sauce or a Burgundian sauce (made of wine red burgundy), bacon, onions and shallots in butter and served with grilled toast. The sauce - with onions, bacon, and mushrooms - is virtually the same as you'll find with coq au vin or boeuf bourguignon. It's also a great brunch dish.
Cassis, the blackcurrant, grows abundantly in Burgundy and is used widely in apéritifs, desserts and infusions, this little black pearl not only tastes good, it does you good too. Cassis coulis, mousse and sorbet appear on many Burgundian menus. This versatile fruit goes well with savoury dishes too, marrying with duck in particular. In vinegar it uplifts a simple salad and the jam with goat's cheese is a winning combination.
There are artisans making fine chocolate in most Burgundian towns, but several stand out as being extra special. Bernard Dufoux is one such chef who has been refining his art for over 40 years in the little town of La Clayette in the Brionnais. He was voted best chocolate maker in France. Truffles are one of Monsieur Dufoux’s specialities. Taking the finest cocoa beans from South America, he makes a ganache - a chocolate cream filling made from the best crème fraîche in this dairy-rich region.
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This former commercial port now consists of a marina and a large garden from where you can start multiple walks but also enjoy the cultural life of the neighborhood. The port of the canal is today a marina with a three-hectare river basin and a large pleasure garden. In summer, Dijonnais and visitors come to relax in the beneficent shade of trees and shrubs, overlooking the pleasure boats. There are children's playgrounds, sandboxes, a paddling pool, a mini-football pitch, toilets, a dog pen and a water point. The port of the canal is the point of convergence between river tourism, the promenade and the culture. Cycle tracks allow you to follow the towpath along the Canal de Bourgogne. The esplanade of the port offers a space for strolling and contemplation but also animations on holidays! And culture has its place with the Cancale barge , a figurehead of Dijon life docked at the port since 2009, and nearby, the Minoterie and the future International City of Gastronomy and Wine .
Domaine Denis Mortet Les Champeaux
The texture on this wine is beautifully fine, silky with subtle layers of both savory and dark berry flavors This is among the top ten most highly rated Gevrey-Chambertin Champeaux wines (based on critic scores): the 2010 vintage was given a score of 93 by Wine Spectator. It is also the most sought-after wine from the region (as measured by user searches). The popularity of this wine has increased considerably over the past year. This is among the highest-priced wines from Gevrey-Chambertin Champeaux. The price has been stable over the past year.
Bénédictine is a herbal liqueur beverage developed by Alexandre Le Grand in the 19th century and produced in France. Every bottle of Bénédictine has the initials D.O.M. on the label, which stands for "Deo Optimo Maximo" ("To God, most good, most great"). The manufacturing process involves several distillations which are then blended. The recipe of Bénédictine is a commercial secret, but it is known to contain 27 herbs and spices, of which the following 21 are publicly known: Angelica, hyssop, juniper, myrrh, saffron, mace, fir cones, aloe, arnica, lemon balm, tea, thyme, coriander, clove, lemon, vanilla, orange peel, honey, red berries, cinnamon, and nutmeg - leaving 6 unknown ingredients.
Cidre Pays d’Auge is very balanced with a nice mix of both fruity and earthy notes. The balance and nice complexity make this a very enjoyable and drinkable French Cider and certainly one worth checking out. In the scheme of European family owned alcohol producers, 3 generations is practically a brand new business. The Drouin family has only been at it for 56 years, but have already formed a strong family dynasty with the 3rd generation already involved in the family’s orchards and distillery. Today, the 2nd and 3rd Generation are making world recognized and award-winning Calvados, cidres, and poires. This is their Cidre Pays d’Auge.
Famous Waterways in Dijon
This canal promises a voyage to discovery with some of the most beautiful treasures of cultural Burgundy along its path. From the river Yonne, it threads its way past the Château de Ancy-le-Franc, l’Abbaye de Fontenay, past Châteauneuf-en-Auxois through the picturesque Ouche valley and on to Dijon before joining the river Saône at St-Jean-de-Losne. The images are of vibrant fields of yellow rape, wooded hillsides, verdant pastures, fields of poppies and ripening wheat, lock houses brimming with geraniums and poplar trees lining the banks standing to attention. The canal is 242 km in length with 190 locks along the way running from Migennes to Dijon and on to St-Jean-de-Losne.
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Liqueurs You Must Try In Dijon