Hotel des ducs
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Despite the efforts of striking ferry workers and Operation Stack we made it to Dijon on the first leg of our journey down to Provence. We started off at 4.30 to give us extra time and although we got confused with the lack of signage in Ashford we made it to the train with plenty of time to spare.
From Calais we took the péage for most of the …
... totally forgotten about the extra course that my meal came with - cheese! Placed in front of me was a rather hefty wedge of semi-soft cheese with a salty rind upon crushed walnuts and little pieces of toasted 'pain d'épices'.
After eating ALL of that we got on to dessert. I had a massive crème brûlée and Alyssa had some pain d'épices and ice cream.
... to the Musée du Vin, which was one of the only places that was open! We learned all about the history and tradition of wine-making in the Bourgogne region. Not the best museum we have been to this trip, but it was still interesting to learn about how wine making has developed here.
After the wine museum, we decided that we were thirsty for some wine. We didn't have much to choose from, but we did find ...
... Saturday, I woke up to a beautiful sunny day and spent the morning walking around the ville. (See pics -- be sure to click on "comment")
It's now raining, but the weather report for tomorrow, and the start of the bike ride, sunshine with temperatures in the mid 60s. Perfect for riding through the rolling hills, farm lands, and lovely French countryside.
... Followed the brass owls (the symbols used to mark the tourist walking route of the old city) to the fascinating Musee de la Vie Bourguignonne, another free museum, this one depicting Burgundy life in the olden days through dioramas, mannequins, life-size models of shop-fronts and stores and artifacts; an English translation booklet explained what each ...