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Europe » France » Burgundy » Dijon August 28th 2019

Had an easy exit out of Lyon as it was Saturday morning...3hrs after stopping off in a small village for a quick bite....baguette of course...they are so yummy! That is something the French do very well...bread meaning baguettes or French sticks. Dijon very nice town and our Hotel Wilson was right on the perimeter of the old town....Hotel Wilson is a very old stone hotel...done up nicely...but no air con had to do with a has been so the 30s most of the time. Of course set off walking to see all the sites...there is a huge plaza in the middle of the old of several in Dijon....the plaza was a great spot for happy hour and people watching and watching kids play in the fountains as it was so hot! Our first ... read more

Europe » France » Burgundy » Dijon August 22nd 2019

.It’s 8.57am and no one is in a hurry here. Dijon Market, circa 1873, was inspired by the Paris Market and still operates from the same shed. This will be our breakfast venue when we get going. Hopefully within the next 30 minutes; I may be too optimistic. Well, we left at 10 but were soon on the tram to the Market, where we bought some cheese and salads for dinner, and some fresh local yoghurt for breakfast. This was eaten on a bench in the walkway separating a row of shops and the Notre-Dame Cathedral. A constant procession of tourists, locals hurrying past, and a conga line of very young children in costume being led by a teacher in a fairy outfit kept my attention, and after a coffee nearby, we followed the Owl Trail ... read more
A Typical Street In Dijon
Interesting Folly Suspended In A Courtyard Archway
Dijon Market

Europe » France » Burgundy » Dijon August 21st 2019

We had a genuine sleep in today. We had packed the night before, had a taxi booked for 10am, so there was time to kill. Breakfast was coffee and croissants at the Friends Cafe nearby, and we were on our way to Gare de Lyon . The trip through mid morning Parisian traffic is a nightmare and the 16€50 for the taxi was worth the cost. There are roadworks and detours everywhere and I wasn’t interested in trying to negotiate the public transport system . Gare de Lyon is a regal stone building perched above the Marais District and one of the best restaurants in Paris is at the station. I had read about it in a Melbourne newspaper and wanted to see it when we were leaving for Dijon. It is like a trip back ... read more
Gare de Lyon Railway Station
The Station
French bees love French Pastries

Europe » France » Burgundy » Dijon July 14th 2018

Zaterdag 14 juli 2018 – Velars-sur-Ouche Korte fietstocht 31km naar Dijon. We kenden Dijon van er voorbij te razen langs de autoroutes naar het zuiden. Het is een stad om eindelijk eens te bezoeken. Hoofdstad van de hertogen van Bourgondië. Historische plaats met prachtige middeleeuwse gebouwen. Levendig centrum met de obligate Aziatische toeristengroepjes die zich vergapen aan al dat moois van achter hun I-pads. Toch effen asociaal geweest om de groep na de lunch te verlaten om op tijd terug te zijn om de Rode Duivels te zien winnen van de Engelsen. 's Avonds verplaatsing naar Pouilly-en-Auxois 32km meer naar het noorden. Met de toelating van Monsieur le Maire staan we met zijn allen op een grote parking midden in het dorp en vlak aan het Canal. Het is hier nog steeds broeiend heet.... read more
Onderweg naar Dijon

Europe » France » Burgundy » Dijon July 13th 2018

Vrijdag 13 juli 2018 – Velars-sur-Ouche Eerste fietstocht 66km langs het Canal de Bourgogne. Dit is geen kanaal zoals bij ons, rechttoe, rechtaan. Het kronkelt tussen heuvels en langs het riviertje de Ouche. Bijna elke km een sluis. Kan ook niet anders met die hoogteverschillen. Mooie fietspaden langs het jaagpad, maar weinig horeca onderweg. Een zeldzaam café dat zei een restaurant te zijn weigerde ons als klant met meegebracht luchpakket, zelfs op hun terras. Dan maar verder in het wild. Niet zo vriendelijk deze Fransen. We hadden ze nochtans de wereldcupfinale gelaten. Wat verder waren we wel welkom in een 'Epishop' met terras en parasols. Commande à l' intérieur. Een dikke madam die Frans sprak met een Engels accent. Alles beschikbaar. Ook 'Chambres pour voyageurs' en locations de vélos. Grapjes werden gemaakt over de regenton en ... read more
langs de Ouche
Een van de 187 sluizen gebouwd eind 18e eeuw
Canal de Bourgogne

Europe » France » Burgundy » Dijon July 12th 2018

Donderdag 12 juli 2018 - Velars-sur-Ouche (568km) Naar het verzamelpunt in een dorpje juist buiten Dijon, aan het Canal de Bourgogne. Heuvelachtige omgeving aan een snelstromend bergriviertje, waar de plaatselijke jeugd een welgekomen verfrissing vindt in deze hoge zomertemperaturen. Met akkoord van de mairie mogen onze 11 motorhomes parkeren en overnachten op de parkings van de gendarmerie bijna in het centrum en op enkele stappen van het Canal. Ik denk dat we hier wel veilig zullen staan. Motards van de gendarmerie rijden hier regelmatig af en aan. Bij een stop onderweg begonnen de controlelichtjes van de frigo in de nieuwe motorhome onheilspellend te flikkeren. De switch van 12V naar gasvoeding werkte dus niet. Paniek want de diepvriezer zit vol, en op de voorziene overnachtingsparkings is geen 230v beschikbaar. Na wat baggeren aan allerlei, veronderstellen we dat ... read more

Europe » France » Burgundy » Dijon June 15th 2018

Today we spent the day in Dijon, after a short trip from Beaune we arrived stressfully at the central markets, there were a number of road blockages that caused the GPS to have issues with us. The market was great and there was a whole different array of items available for sale other than the standard vegetables, meats, fish and deli items. Buys could buy an array on pre-prepared take home dinners and there are specialist shops like one which only does Mushrooms, one that only does Honey. We decided to cook tonight and decided on a menu of Rabbit Ballantines, Cheese Souffle, Rosti and celeriac salad. With a dessert of Gingerbread Cake. After the bustle of the market we went to the Mallie Mustard shop, and while we didn't intend of buying anything we ended ... read more

Europe » France » Burgundy » Dijon August 12th 2017

Our next stops Dijon the city of the Mustard. We had a problem leaving Nimes for at the breakfast the coffee machine did not work so we sat there waiting to get some coffee before we left for a long journey. It was 527 kilometres to Dijon. We left with good weather but that deteriorated later in the day. We even had rain later that slows the traffic down. A few nature stops were necessary as well that gave us the chance to have a coffee or something else. The last stop we had 140 kilometres to go so we were getting close. We arrived at 6.30 p.m. Again we had a problem getting the room we ordered but that was sorted out. To late we ate in the restaurant. Had a good meal there. Than ... read more

Europe » France » Burgundy » Dijon August 8th 2017

Apart from a lot of traffic there are no problems getting back to France. There is no control or checking you just drive from one country to the other. We drive no toll roads you do see more like that but it takes a bit longer to do. We had about 360 kilometer to do that is not to bad. The roads are good and the sun was shinning what else do you want. That else was a toilet. No stations at al we had to go for a long time before we had the chance for relieve. For a male not bad but a woman needs a bit more privacy. We made a stop in a small place with a small café. We saw tables and chairs with people that meant there will be coffee ... read more

Europe » France » Burgundy » Dijon July 30th 2017

Spare of the moment canal boat cruise. My uncle and aunty from Australia were visiting and mentioned how fabulous their trip had been. We had a look and Le boat had a boat available from Tannay, 4 hours 40mins drive from Geneva. Tannay is near Dijon and we decided we would jump at it. The boat was comfortable, a 2 star so I'm told. 3 cabins with 2 beds in each, a large living space and smallish kitchen and 3 bathrooms. It is advertised as a 'no experience' necessary, and seeing as Murray has a lot of boating experience we thought we would be able to manage. Thankfully I didn't think about the trip too much, if I had I would have realised with Murray driving it meant I was walking around the boat and dealing ... read more
Super excited to crew the boat
One of the loch cabins along the way
Haylz at the bow

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