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TWO-WHEELED TOURING Give your feet a rest and go by pedal power. This cycle-friendly city offers marked biking circuits around the town centre. Venture by bike into the enchanting countryside, and spin through the vineyards or freewheel along the Burgundy Canal. Or discover Dijon on a Segway, an original and fun way to travel, either alone or with your group, led by one of our guides.

BE DIJONNAIS FOR A DAY – OR A NIGHT Throughout the year, the local tourist office (www.visitdijon.com/en) arranges wonderful themed tours – from flavours and spices to Dijon’s medieval and market attractions. The tourist office also offers great value package deals, from one and two-night esSampling mustard at the town’s flagship Maille store and factory (photo: Michel Joly).

A BOOST FOR FINE ARTS The Musée des Beaux-Arts (www.mba.dijon. fr) is among the oldest in France and occupies one of the most imposing buildings. The former ducal palace is itself a work of art. Recent renovations provide a sumptuous backdrop to the exceptional collections, dating from Egyptian to contemporary times. The Salle des Gardes (Guards’ Room) is the pièce de résistance. This monumental room contains the tombs of two dukes and two intricate carved Gothic altarpieces. Masterpieces of medieval sculpture, the alabaster mourners, were temporarily removed for the renovations and have once again regained their rightful places by the sepulchres.

Just outside Dijon lies a rich patchwork of vineyards, which produce some 100 appellation-controlled wines (photo: Atelier Démoulin).

The museum possesses important collections of 15th-century Burgundian and 18th-century art. It has a fine selection of works by Flemish, Swiss and German Primitives. You’ll also find naturalistic sculptures by Dijon-born artist François Rude. The modern and contemporary galleries boast works by Manet and Monet, and sculptures by Matisse and Rodin. Statues by local sculptor François Rude, of Arc de Triomphe fame, also feature. Don’t miss the Pompon Room, which houses delightful stylised animal sculptures by Burgundy artist François Pompon.

MAKE YOUR SHOPPING LIST For gifts or fine foods to take home, Dijon is second to none. The city is world-famous for its

capes to more leisurely stays. Each package includes a 60€ voucher per person off TGV express train travel (offer valid 6 September 2013 to 6 September 2014).

mustard, gingerbread, Crème de Cassis (blackcurrant cordial) and fine cheeses – not to mention its wines. So it’s no surprise that the shop fronts read like a gourmet shopping list. A visit to the mustard factory-shop Maille (www.maille. fr) in the rue de la Liberté is a must. The rue du Bossuet and rue du Bourg also offer tastebudtickling gourmet food shops and eye-catching fashion boutiques.

›› BOOKINGS AND INFORMATION Dijon Tourist Office www.visitdijon.com/en/

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Rendezvous en France 2013  

The official magazine of the French Tourist Bureau in Australia. From the grit and excitement of the Tour de France to the glamour of its ma...