Halfway through our week in Dijon we were starting to get the feel of a town that the locals were most proud of. You could tell by the cleanliness of the streets and the helpfulness of people as you walked the streets regardless of the time, especially in the area we were staying.
On our first encounter with our host, Coco - she introduced us to Dijon's owl and "le Parcours de la Chouette" or the Owl's Trail. There are 22 points of interest which are marked with small brass owl plaques. We found several but if you were to do all and spend some time at each point of interest, it would take all day. We took in many of the Owl's recommendations over the days we stayed in Dijon.
The Trail starts outside the Office of Tourism.
|There are 22 spots in Dijon with a brass plaque with the impression of an owl to point out Dijon's major attractions.|
|As you walk the Owl Trail you note the various centuries of architectural change from medieval stonework and half timbered buildings.|
|And if you were foot weary, you could always take a little bus to the various Dijon sights.|
|Another view from inside the gates of the 15th Century Palais des Ducs - a place to watch the passing parade of locals on their way to work or school - or in the evening when they come out to play.|
|As we turned into a small curving back street we were confronted by this structure - I wish I could tell you more of its history.|
|The ornate gates as you enter Palais des Ducs.|
|Coco told us to be bold and if there was a gate or door slightly ajar, then walk in and you might discover a grand home. She was right on many occasions.|
|During our walk we wandered into this wonderful building with the gorgeous staircase. BUT, note the building peeking at you from the left of the picture.|
|Here's a full view - how different is it from it's neighbour?|
|During researching our time in Dijon, I came across this etching from days gone by of the same two buildings. Nothing much has changed when you study the picture very closely.|
Next Wednesday we'll show you the village of Dole, not far from Dijon and then our last full day in Dijon.