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Dijon - Owl Trail

Just follow the Owls

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It's an early-ish trip to Dijon for 5 of us (Ivan and Diana are staying in Paris for a few more days and will catch back up with us in Lyon). We talked of taking taxi to the train station, but Jerry, Sally and I take 1 metro and a walk across the bridge (nice view). The train to Dijon is very nice (looks a little retro even).

When we get to Dijon the trams seem like they will only go about 1/2 the way to our hotel, so we decide just to hoof it. The town is almost complete paved (very little green even) - reminds me of something that Las Vegas might do - guess this town was renovated more recently (at least streetwise). They have tons of pedrestrian areas - albeit "city" vehicles can raise/lower poles to get in/out. It is a bit unexpected that our hotel is closed from 1pm-3pm, arriving at 1:30pm, but we crash at a nearby restaraunt for a nice lunch (I finally have a Croque).

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As typical, it is hard to finish a lunch in 1.5 hours here, so the hotel is easily open for check-in when we are done. We drop off the bags in the room, along with Kate :) And go out exploring... At the tourist office, Phil gets the offical Owl Trail map for our exploration. Their Notre Dame Cathedral is next store and a good first stop (stop #8 on the trail)...

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The "famous" Owl is on the side of the Notre Dame - touch with the left hand for good luck. The Owl trail is imprinted on the ground once you find it with plate markers when you arrive at most, if not all sites.

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The trail takes you passed churches and residences that are either still active as such or converted (or partially converted) into offices, theaters or art museums and such. Not sure how long the trail really is, but we are pleased that the end of the trail (stop #22) dead ends into an Irish Pub (they must subsidize the trail :)

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It is a very warm (humid) day, but we know that tomorrow will be worse so we forge on after being revived to hit the first 7 stops that we haven't done yet. The first stop on the trail is a nice green park with a large fountain - Phil can't resist getting into local water.

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There are some young men playing in the deeper part of the foundation and on our way out of the park, we see them jump out, the Police talking to them. But the Police have not even made it out of the park when the guys are back in the water - kind of funny. But Phil narrowly escaped any reprimand himself.

The rest of the trail is fairly easy to complete and we enjoy the town, the tiny electric city buses (seeing, not riding) and the uber eats delivery guys (on bicycles). After completing step #7, we found Mr. Mustard (Moustarde Monsieur) and decided to go it. Once inside, we were surprised to find a very trendy bar with a very chic courtyard (but it was still very hot without any breeze).

Kate caught up with us here, our "squirrel" waitress was fun and hunger overcame us so we got some food to go with the crazy Coconut, Lime and Rum special drink of the day. The courtyard had plenty of interesting features - hanging bike, giant bonsai olive tree, retro sitting rooms, etc.

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We wandered some more and found a different Irish pub - the coldest one in all of Europe with some interesting features (see through floor to the kegs, table with pour your own taps, etc.).

The hotel room was hot and the floor wet when we returned. Apparently we turn the tempertature warmer instead of colder on the mini-frig and we had to find the correct combination of buttons to turn on the A/C. But it worked well after that.

Posted by M6-Greg 23:19 Archived in France

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