Monday, October 27, 2008

Dijon and our longest driving day

9-27-08 Avignon to Dijon

Got ready this morning and opted for the corner patisserie for bread, croissants, and milk for breakfast. The hotel breakfast didn’t look like it was worth the E8 each, for basically the same darn thing. We ate and left Avignon early, on Saturday so we lucked out with no traffic and it was pretty easy. The 4 hour drive to Dijon was all on the Autoroute, France’s toll system, and boy is it expensive. To drive 4 hours cost us E30, our only other alternative would have been about an 8 hour drive on tiny village, farm roads . . . um, let’s see . . . no.

We stopped at an Autoroute, Supergrill rest stop, bought chicken baguette sandwiches and had a picnic for lunch. Back on the road, and we arrive in Dijon around, 2pm. Dijon is the capital of the Burgundy wine region and home to mustards . . . grainy, dark, spicy, mustards.

Unload the bags and check in, and walk into the old medieval town, not far away. The first road we walk was the high end shopping district where everyone hangs out, we turn off to see the historic areas, stopping in the Ti for a town walk map. We really enjoyed the walk lasting all afternoon, seeing the churches, old wood timber buildings, cobbled streets, and palace from the outside. We even stopped in the ole mustard shop to sample the local mustards. They were so spicy and hot there is no way I would even consider putting that on a sandwich because that is all you would taste. Although, I suppose it would flavor sauces wonderfully.

A street in Dijon downtown

Dijon photos

It is now 6pm and we ponder how hungry we are, and decide to check out the pizzeria by our hotel. On the way we see a “Flunch” restaurant, a chain which we had been seeing along the roads the whole trip. We popped in to check it out and it was a fast food type order/pay system but they had reasonably priced hot meals, salad bar, and desserts. Terry got the loaded, large salad bar, baguette and chocolate mouse. I got the chicken leg dinner, with choice of veggies from a veggie bar. We were pleasantly surprised how good it was, we would definitely eat there again. Plus we didn’t have to wait until 7pm for a resto to open. Back to the hotel to rest.

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