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Dijon


Dijon is a city in the Bourgogne region in France. As of 2005, the city had an estimated population of 150,800, and the metropolitan area of Greater Dijon had an estimated population of 236,953.

Dijon is, of course, internationally famous for Dijon mustard (French: moutarde de Dijon), although nowadays almost all mustard seeds are imported (mainly from Canada) rather than grown locally. Additionally, most "Dijon mustard" is now produced on an industrial scale, and not necessarily in the vicinity of the city. However, if you do visit Dijon, you will find that there are mustard shops in the city, and they offer a range of mustard varieties, including varieties with unusual flavorings (for example: fruit flavorings), and often sell this mustard in decorative hand-painted china pots.


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Here are some facts about Dijon:
  1. Dijon is a city in the Bourgogne region in France.

  2. As of 2005, Dijon had an estimated population of 150,800, and the metropolitan area of Greater Dijon had an estimated population of 236,953.

  3. Dijon was originally founded as a Roman settlement called Divio.

  4. Dijon was the home of the Dukes of Burgundy from the early 11th century until late in the 15th century.

  5. Dijon is famous as being the source of Dijon mustard (French: moutarde de Dijon). Today however, almost the mustard seeds used in making are imported, rather than grown locally. Nevertheless, if you visit Dijon, you will find numerous shops selling Dijon mustard, including unusually flavored varieties, and mustard sold in decorative containers.

  6. Crème de cassis, a type of blackcurrant liqueur originates from Dijon. Crème de cassis is most frequently drank in the form of a cocktail named "Kir" (named after a former mayor of Dijon, canon Félix Kir), which is made from a mixture of white wine and the liqueur. Readers will be interested to know that Kir is the favourite drink of Agatha Christie's fictional detective, Hercule Poirot.

  7. Each year, an International and Gastronomic fair is held in Dijon. This fair, which is one of the top ten fairs in France, has around 500 exhibitors, and attracts around 200,000 visitors each year.

  8. Approximately every three years (although there are sometimes variations), an international flower show ("Florissimo") is held in Dijon. Exhibitors include French and international cities, botanical gardens, agricultural schools, and corporations.



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Dijon and the Valois Dukes of Burgundy (Centers of Civilization)

By William R. Tyler

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Dijon and the Valois Dukes of Burgundy (Centers of Civilization)
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Pomp and pageantry, extravagant entertainments, incredible riches and abject poverty -- all these were fifteenth-century Burgundy, and Dijon was its capital. By the end of the reign of the four Valois dukes, this younger branch of the royal French house had maneuvered, married, and fought its way into a position of power and prestige among European courts which rivaled that of the king of France himself; their lands extended from the duchy of Burgundy as far as The Netherlands. . . .

Long Ago In France: The Years In Dijon (Destinations)

By M.F.K. Fisher

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Released: 1992-02-15
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Long Ago In France: The Years In Dijon (Destinations)
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In 1929, Mary Frances Kennedy Fisher arrived in Dijon, the provincial capital of Burgundy and the gastronomical capital of France, there to be initiated into the ways of love and life. Long Ago In France is Fisher's exquisitely evocative, deliciously candid memoir of her three-year stay in Dijon. It is a delightful journey backward - in the grandest of company - into a voluptuous, genteel world that has vanished forever.

Dijon City Plan 1:12.5K IGN (French Edition)

By Institut Geographique National

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City Maps Dijon France

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City Maps Dijon France is an easy to use small pocket book filled with all you need for your stay in the big city. Attractions, pubs, bars, restaurants, museums, convenience stores, clothing stores, shopping centers, marketplaces, police, emergency facilities are only some of the places you will find in this map. This collection of maps is up to date with the latest developments of the city as of 2017. We hope you let this map be part of yet another fun Dijon adventure :)

Michelin Dijon/Besancon/Mulhouse, France Map No. 66 (Michelin Maps & Atlases)

By Michelin Travel Publications

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Michelin Dijon/Besancon/Mulhouse, France Map No. 66 (Michelin Maps & Atlases)
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An annually updated, detailed map of Dijon, Besancon, and Mulhouse, showing primary and secondary road networks across the region, local services and many tourist attractions. Scale: 1/200,000 - 1cm=2km Legend/Key in French

Dijon (France) 1:12,000 Street Map

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Reliable street map of Dijon at 1:12,500 made by IGN - government mapping agency.

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