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A Glimpse of Dijon

A Glimpse of Dijon

I had four hours in Dijon on a little layover trip on my way back to Paris from Strasbourg. The plan was lunch and a little walk about. Within the first 5 minutes I was trying to convince Francois to take over his boss’s job […]

The French Visa for Americans that You’ve Never Heard Of

The French Visa for Americans that You’ve Never Heard Of

It wasn’t on the consulate website. I couldn’t find any information about it online. What was this elusive visa? The visa Profession Liberale is like the magical unicorn visa the Skills and Talent visa used to be, but it’s much easier to get if you […]

Jet Lag Cures!

Jet Lag Cures!

Traveling back and forth from Texas to France has made me super conscious of how to beat jet lag because let’s face it, it’s probably the worst part of overseas traveling and it can ruin the first couple of days of a vacation. This last […]

TWO Bowl Chocolate Chip Cookies

TWO Bowl Chocolate Chip Cookies

now now now- I know it’s usually “One Bowl” this or that but I think two bowls is pretty darn good. Well actually I should correct that and say one bowl, a small saucepan, a whisk, and a stirring spoon AND no mixer required. I […]

The Fingerprinting Story

The Fingerprinting Story

Or rather how I went all over Paris to complete what I thought would be a rather simple requirement for my visa   If you’ve ever had to get a visa to live in another country, you might relate to this story. If it was […]

Blueberry Alsatian Tart

Blueberry Alsatian Tart

My favorite fruit season is finally here!!! Blueberries and strawberries in the market. 😀 Which means it’s the perfect time for baking with berries. This tart focuses on beautiful fresh blueberries and in a bit of a twist from your typical blueberry pie, a custard […]


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A Glimpse of Dijon

A Glimpse of Dijon

I had four hours in Dijon on a little layover trip on my way back to Paris from Strasbourg. The plan was lunch and a little walk about. Within the first 5 minutes I was trying to convince Francois to take over his boss’s job so we could move there. There’s something about the city. Francois described it as one of those little French villages you remember from classic films. I don’t know if that was it or if it was just the charm or rooftops accented with colorful yellow tiles that got me. So after lunch at l’Impressioniste, which I’m not sure if it was really the best place to go but it was good, I walked and walked and took pictures and walked some more. No map. No particular direction. Just an amble with my jaw gaping open at every turn. Around one bend was a gorgeous façade made from expertly placed bricks and crisscrossed with wood beams. And at the end of a street- a church with architecture I’d never seen before- round columns peppered with statues reaching toward the sky. A huge surprise was the enormous square I just happened upon- bordered on one side by a palace, and on the other cute restaurants with terraces and white umbrellas. Another place was so jumbled with a huge fountain, statue, and merry-go-round that I bet the crowds would be insane in the summer months- but it was Monday and the city was super quiet and most things closed.

I wish I’d planned my trip to the train station a little earlier because juste á côte was a botanical garden that I went to while slightly frantically trying to find the entrance to the train station- which I saw through a rose garden.

In conclusion (I never end things like that but it just felt right), I don’t really have any recommendations for the city besides just GO! And maybe make it a day other than Monday or Sunday so things will be open.