Newspaper article Fraser Coast Chronicle (Hervey Bay, Australia)

Savouring the Tastes of France; There Are at Least 10 Great Reasons to Visit Dijon, Writes Dominic O'Grady, and Only One of Them Is Mustard

Newspaper article Fraser Coast Chronicle (Hervey Bay, Australia)

Savouring the Tastes of France; There Are at Least 10 Great Reasons to Visit Dijon, Writes Dominic O'Grady, and Only One of Them Is Mustard

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IT'S perfectly natural to associate Dijon with mustard.

The two go together as easily as Roquefort and cheese, or Burgundy and fine pinot.

And while Dijon's excellent food and wine are reasons in themselves to make the 90-minute train trip from Paris, the city's history and culture add extra dimensions to the experience.

Here are 10 great reasons why Dijon more than cuts the mustard:

1. Dijon was the centre of power for the dukes of Burgundy whose holdings stretched as far north as Belgium and the Netherlands. Nevertheless, the city's historical centre is compact and easy to navigate on foot Co must-sees include the Palace of the Dukes, the church of Notre Dame, and the richly decorated merchant townhouses with their distinctive Burgundian tiled roofs.

2. The best place for mustard tasting is Les Boutiques Maille, at 32 rue de la Liberte. Visitors can taste a mind-blowing range of mustards Co prune and armagnac, dill and lime, celeriac and truffle shavings through to mushroom and fromage frais, garlic and herbs, and the quintessentially French-sounding chanterelles, shallots and chervil, a perfect match for poultry and game.

3. Burgundy produces some of the world's finest pinot noir, thanks to a perfect terroir and centuries of accumulated winemaking skills. So it's unthinkable to come to Dijon without allowing time for a wine tour of the nearby villages that make up the Cote de Nuits. See www.alterandgo.fr

4. Visit the Dijon market at Les Halles in the centre of town. The Les Halles marketplace is itself a thing of beauty, designed by none other than the Dijon-born architect, Gustave Eiffel. Bring your shopping bag and stock up on seasonal fruits, artisanal bread and hand-made cheese. Be sure to stop for a half dozen oysters and a glass of Chablis at the market cafe.

5. Just a block or so away is the magnificent Gothic church of Notre Dame. Do not, however, stand underneath the gargoyles. In the 13th-century, one broke loose and fell on a banker as he entered the church for his wedding. …

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