Dijon, France

Trip Start May 14, 2006
Trip End Sep 29, 2006

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Saturday, June 10, 2006

The home of good mustards was our next stop. It was an early train ride in from Bern to Dijon and we actually had to pay for it because it was a high speed train and in France they hit you up for a 5-8 Euro reservation fee for any TGV trains. You save a little time but we would rather travel for free. Anyways, we stayed at a budget hotel in Dijon which was pretty nice. We have had lots of people in our room and no privacy the past couple of weeks so having our own room was a nice break. Of course, it wasn't a nice room at 28 Euros a night but the view was good and outside of a bed, what exactly do you need a nice room for? It even had this weird wash basin in place of a toilet in the room, I don't know exactly what it was for but I guarentee you I wasn't washing my face in it.

Our first night we went super cheap and had salami and crackers and cheese for about 5 euros total so our spending that day was in the low 30 dollar range. Europe on 50 dollars a day? We can do it way cheaper than that! That night we wandered around forever looking for this student bar hoping to meet some locals but we couldn't find it and ended up going home frustrated by the lack of street signs. This is a pervasive problem throughout Europe.

The next day we packed in a lot. We started with a great museum in the Palace De Ducs which is considered one of the best museums in France outside of the Louvre. Then, due to the fact that it was a Sunday, we headed where all the locals gathered during the summer, a huge public swimming area. I guess when there is no beach, the locals just make one. It was really nice to sit in the sun and just relax.....especially when you are sitting next to hot topless french women. I didn't relax as much as I had wanted but I did get my sun. After the swimming pools, we headed the 30 minutes back into town and I took the steps up to the top of the highest tower in Dijon for some great pictures and scenery. It was well worth the effort even though my body didn't want to make the trek.

That night we went out in search of a great French meal. We had spent absolutely nothing that day on food or fun(except for the 50 cents it cost us to get into the pool) and we wanted to splurge on a good meal. The hostel gave us directions to a great place they said but due to the fact that it was Sunday, surprisingly after a 30 minute walk on an empty stomach, it was closed. We walked all the way back into town and couldn't find a single place open at 7:30 on a Sunday night. We finally found a good restaurant that was just opening up and realized that they just eat a lot later than we thought. We took and seat and had one of the best meals of our lives. Every restaurant has these pre-set coursed meals that come with a starter, an entree, and a dessert. For the starter I had (which was an accident, I was supposed to get snails and frog legs) a poached egg on a fluffy pastry with smoked salmon and a pesto sauce. It was so good and a very large portion. Eric's meal was equally good and we agreed that for 21 Euros, it was one of the best meals we have ever eaten. We have decided to do the same thing every other night that we are in France. Cheap meals one day and then one great meal the next. It won't even break the bank at only 21-23 Euros.

After dinner, we headed back and had a blissfull night of rest thinking of how great the food was and how good the next night will be in Lyon with the USA World Cup match to look forward to.
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