You’ve probably heard of Dijon in conjunction with mustard, and while there is plenty of moutarde to be found, Dijon is also a quaint gothic city nestled in the east of France in the Burgundy region. The medieval and Renaissance past is all around you in Dijon, but it is without the groups of middle schoolers going on a field trip. You come to Dijon to do one of three things: stroll around the city, drink wine from Burgundy, and gawk at 13th and 14th-century art. For the wine lovers, there are multiple daily local buses which head into the smaller villages and cities nearby Dijon, as well as plentiful private vineyard tours of the Burgundy region. The imposing Palais des Ducs houses the Musée des Beaux-Arts de Dijon which has free admission and is well worth a stop (especially for those with slightly morbid tastes), though it is currently undergoing extensive reconstruction and thus has some closed wings. Don’t forget to look out for the multi-colored roofs of Dijon known as the toits bourguignons.
Culture aficionados: Musée des Beaux-Arts de Dijon
Photo opportunities: Palais des Ducs et des États de Bourgogne
Eat here: Le Bouchon du Palais – delicious and classic French brasserie fare at reasonable prices
Fair warning, a lot of places are closed on both Sundays and Mondays in Dijon, so it isn’t as convenient to find a place to eat at times.