& Upcoming Events in/around Dijon:
you may know, Dijon is the capital city of Burgundy, France's
prestigous wine country. My name is Lisa Hovis, and I am happy
to be your virtual guide through this charming medieval city,
home to almost 150,000 Dijonnais (almost 250,000 including the
greater Dijon area!). Read about the history of Dijon here.
this site because I fell in love with Dijon after living there
two years, from September 1999-August 2001. I have since returned
for two visits: summer 2004, and summer 2009. My goal is to return
every summer, with the dream to retire here one day. Dijon is
an amazing city with inescapable charm, history, beauty and great
Dijon does an amazing
job combining tradition and modernity in one of the best preserved
centre villes in France. Dijon is ranked the second most desirable
town in France in terms of quality of life. And in 2008, Dijon
was awarded a 'Ville d'Art et d'Histoire' label. Wandering through
the streets of Dijon is like a stroll through centuries of history.
From the 12th century to the end of the 15th century, the Dukes
of Burgundy bequeathed artistic and architectural treasures to
the town. The centre ville of Dijon, France's third largest historical
area of national heritage, covers an area of over 250 acres of
churches built between medieval times and present day, town houses
dating from the 16th, 17th and 18th centuries, and medieval half-timbered
I arrived in Dijon in the Fall of 1999, I didn't speak any French,
and the only person I knew was my husband, Jeff. We were in Dijon
so he could do research in the Dijon archives for his dissertation
at Emory University in Atlanta, Georgia. This meant I was left
to my own devices. I enrolled in classes through CIEF to learn
French. And since my legs worked OK, I walked. And walked. And
discovered. Dijon is so inspiring! Coming from a fairly new and
sprawling city like Atlanta, I was in awe of France and the life
the French are able to lead with their customs, their transportation
system, their joie de vivre, their food. Dijon also fed my carnivorous
imagination. I found myself drawing again, writing a 200 page
journal, learning French to an intermediate level, and picking
up my camera again and again. After two years of taking photos,
I still found something new every single day. Now that's a city!
It was this passion that led me to learn how to create a website
to feature this city that came to mean so much to me. Thanks to
J.P. Rhea, another Fulbright scholar in Dijon (my husband was
the other---not me!), I learned the basics of website creation.
And the rest is history!
met the most amazing people in Dijon. Invited into homes to dine
and drink fine Burgundy wine, we learned how warm and inviting
the Dijonnais are. French culture is completely different from
American culture. As it should be. That is what traveling is for:
to expand your horizons. Be a gracious tourist, try to learn some
French. Learn to slow your pace.
Click here & read this. Revel in the joy of long meals
surrounded by friends. Relax. When we were preparing to return
to the U.S. in 2001, I wrote a letter to the Dijonnais that the
Bien Public published. Click
here if you'd like to read it.
free to email me!
I enjoy getting your mail. If you have something you'd like added
to my site, or if you have an update, your emails are always welcome.
Fute Dijon edition is terrific for information
on absolutely everything in Dijon. Even if you don't
read French, you can figure out much of the info regarding
museums, restaurants, etc. Pick it up for 7€
at any "libraire" (that's bookstore to you
and me). Especially handy if you are staying in Dijon
for an extended period of time.
Darcy 21000 DIJON
Phone +33 3 80 44 11 44
Fax.+33 3 80 42 18 83
Website - www.ot-dijon.fr
rue des Forges 21000 DIJON Phone +33 3 80 4411 44
Fax +33 3 80 30 90 02
either tourist office, you'll find a wealth of information
including free maps and brochures. The knowledgeable staff
also speaks English. At Place Darcy, depending on the time
of year and day, you can also rent a Segway! The rue des
Forges office is located in a particularly beautiful courtyard
and the office is stunning as well.