a VirtualTourist member from Fresno
I have the opportunity to return to Dijon for a week this summer. I will have 4 afternoons to myself. I have already spent 3 days seeing the wonderful sites in Dijon and have been to Beaune, Montbard and Auxerre. Can you suggest any good half-day trips by train or bus?
Hi Kathy. I just finished rereading "A Castle in the Backyard" preparing for our trip this month. We've both read it now and thank you. We've made lists. 8^)
The Burgundy Canal goes right through Dijon. Have you thought of taking a canal boat ride for one of your half days? The views going west would be a bit nicer although I'd take any view in Burgundy I could get. LOL You would go right under Chateauneuf en Auxois and get some great photos.
I'm not sure about train or bus routes since we drive, but you might check on Guedelon, perhaps a French tour bus. It really is a fun day although I don't recommend you do it in the rain like we did.
Check with the Dijon Tourist Bureau to see if they recommend or arrange bus tours to some of the Plus Beaux Villages (like Flavigny sur Ozerain) or Bibracte museum and archeological site. You might be the only English speaker on the tour, but you would have fun.
Besancon would be an easy half-day trip by train and lots to do. Have you been to Vezelay? I would assume you could get a bus there and it is an amazing experience for the basilica, the village and the views. Semur-en-Auxois is a pleasant town and I think it's on the train line. Autun is a pleasant visit with a beautiful church, a nice museum across from it and, of course, good restaurants. There is a Priory at La Charite-sur-Loire that is a World Heritage Site although that's pretty far from Dijon unless you get very good connections.
Have fun. Dijon is a great place and the area is a marvel.
Thanks Sally - glad you liked the book - it was a nice read. I will look up some of the places you mention. I have been to Guedelon and it was dry - thankfully. I remember you telling me about how muddy you got. I've also been to Autun and Vezelay. The canal trip sounds like a great idea as does Besancon. I'm sure I'll spend some time just wandering around Dijon as well. I want to see Pompon's White Bear that is in the Musee des Beaux Arts. That part of the museum was closed when I was there because it was extremely hot and the air conditioning went out. I've seen the one in the park in Dijon. I think it is one of my favorite sculptures.
I understand Kathy. If stone can be cuddly, that sculpture is. LOL
Hi Sally - I've seen the White Bear in Paris at the Musee d'Orsay as well. I will be in Brussels for two weeks after Dijon. One week with the University (same as Dijon but with fewer afternoons free) and the other week on my own. I plan to take the train to Antwerp to see another one of Pompon's White Bear statues. I guess I should start a misc forum thread and try to find out where there might be other copies of the statue. It would be fun to go see them all. I don't know if you have ever seen Benny Bufano sculptures, but I grew up in San Francisco and there are several of his around the Bay Area. Pompon's and Bufano's styles are very similar. I think that is why I fell in love with the White Bear. I went back to the d'Orsay last summer just to see it.
Did you know there is a Pompon Museum in Saulieu in Burgundy? It is right beside the church . . . and near the Petite-Casino supermarket where we shopped.
You could make a pilgrimage. 8^)
I heard about the museum and have found that a bus goes there from Dijon. I will need to get info on when it is open and head there. That would make a nice day trip. I might even rent a car if I have to.
If you go to Saulieu, there are two very nice restaurants a couple blocks from the Pompon Museum. One is star-rated (and out of our budget) but supposedly excellent. The one we went to was really good, played classical music (always a plus), had reasonable prices and was on the main market square (as was the other). The two restaurants are nearly right beside each other with a street running between them.
We ate at the Auberge du Relais, RN 6 Saulieu, 03 8064-1316, Fax 03 8064-8033, [email] and I highly recommend the cassis sorbet with cassis for dessert. Sorry I can't remember the name of the rated restaurant but I'm sure it's on the town web site.
Have a great trip. I would be jealous but we're headed to France in a couple weeks anyway so I'll be jealous later. LOL
Probably won't make it to Saulieu as the trains take 2.5 - 4 hours - can't imagine the route they must be taking. One day car rentals are very expensive but I guess I could go that route. Do you know of a web site for busses in Burgundy? I found one for Dijon and the immediate area but not for that region of Burgundy.
Hope you have a great trip too!
Hi Kathy. Go to mobigo-bourgogne.com/mon-voy... to calculate a bus trip from Dijon to Saulieu. It looks like a formidable journey. I believe you can go to the SNCF web site and figure a combination of train and bus to get you there a bit faster although I haven't done it so can't be sure. If you just use the bus, I suspect it's longer than you will want to take.
Have you been to Nuits St. George? There is a bus from Dijon to Nuits and it's a cute little town. They have all kinds of terrific wine tasting and also our favorite, the Cassisium where you tour the SuperCassis factory and then have a tasting . . . of kirs. It's great fun and a much shorter trip.
At any rate, you can check the bus web site and see if you have better luck than I since I didn't know your travel times nor station.
haven't been to Nuits St. George so that is a great idea!