The last stop on our barge trip was just a few kilometers outside of Dijon. This was our view from were Rabelo was docked.
Sunflowers in the forefront with beautiful wheat fields int he background...
...And across the street from the vast sunflower field was this field of corn
A hug is in order amidst nature like this.
The farmer's home and out buildings are in the background.
Dijon Cathedral (Cathédrale Saint-Bénigne de Dijon),is a Roman Catholic cathedral dedicated to Saint Benignus of Dijon. The cathedral is a national monument of France. (And yes, it's THAT Dijon. Great mustard and world renowned Burgundy wines...hmmm, these people may be on to something.) Originating as the church of the medieval Abbey of St. Benignus, the house of worship became the seat/cathedral of the Bishopric of Dijon during the French Revolution, and has been the seat of the succeeding Archbishopric of Dijon since the elevation of the former diocese in 2002. The present Gothic cathedral was built between 1280 and 1325, and was dedicated on 9 April 1393.
Another view of Cathédrale Saint-Bénigne de Dijon
The weather was cold and wet, so we decided to treat ourselves to Luncheon (not lunch!) at one of Dijon's fine restaurants. If you've ever wondered what a delectable French meal in a fancy restaurant in France would look like, you will enjoy these next photos. If you ever what wondered what such a meal might taste like...well, all we can say is, "Tres bon!"
The first course: Appetizers. They tasted as good as they looked.
The most delicious warm rosemary/butter brioche in the world, we are convinced.
Another Amazing Dessert
And Yet Another Amazing Dessert
And the last course: a course-of-action, that is, to pay the bill!
After lunch the sun came out. Here is the colorful town of Dijon, complete with another French carousel.
Lots of street sales once the sun allowed it.
Our friend Lisa stops for oil and vinegar tastings outside a sumptuous shoppe. Tom and Jim are already proceeding on.
Dijon and Jim Weiss agree on practically everything! Next stop: the train to the Paris airport, and then back to Home-Sweet-Home, the U.S. We bring home with us more than wonderful memories. We bring, also, a determination to allow ourselves time to slow down sometimes, as on our journey by barge along the French canals, in order to relish the beauty around us.