Visiting a Friend in Dijon

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Arriving from the train station

Knowing very little about Dijon, I was somewhat reluctant to actually go there and visit but since I had promised a friend that I would come visit, I decided to keep my word so I took the train the paris and from there I took the train to Dijon at the Gare de Lyon (I think?). It took about 3 hours to get there on a tgv train (I still have my SNCF train ticket stub too). I was visiting from my study abroad program in Nantes, France.

Louch (a friend I was traveling with from Nantes) and I didn’t really pack anything for the trip, we just decided to go at the last minute. I had my usual light backpack and he had his oversized bag.

Walking around town
We both had a friend from school waiting for us so we split and decided to meet later during the day.

First thing 1st, it was off to the hostel to drop of my bag and then do so sightseeing of course. We took a trolley which is apparently pretty common in small towns in France and Dijon is by account pretty small (about 140,000 or so)

To this day I still find the whole transportation system in France to be a little weird. First you buy a ticket and when you get on the bus, trolley, train or whatever, it’s up to you to stamp the ticket when you’re on board. So of course often enough I never stamp my ticket until I see the tranpo guys checking for stamps. Actually, I think I still have that unused ticket from Dijon somewhere in my wallet. Well got to the hostel only to realize it was quite nice.
The gargoyles
I almost could not find a place to stay since it was the only hostel that was remotely close the the city center. It took us about 20-25 minutes to get there and then we quickly headed back to town. I found Dijon to be somewhat of an uneventful town really. People did not party as much as I have seen elsewhere and the locals seemed pretty close. Nightclubs were substituted by small gathering at the local pub but it was a nice change of scenario for me.

Although this was a small, rural area, I kind of liked the calmness of this city and spend most of my time hoping from bars to bars and talking to my friend about some of the great experiences I had in Europe. Another thing that I found really funny is that I never really knew that Dijon was famous for its mustard (mostly because I never liked mustard). At the end of the day, Dijon seems to be a town where you can go and chillax and enjoy not doing anything stressful. I’m not sure if I’d go back because this level of calm and peace would probably drive me crazy if I had stayed for more than 2 days.

               

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Arriving from the train station
Arriving from the train station
Walking around town
Walking around town
The gargoyles
The gargoyles
I like the houses...
I like the houses...
...and colorful roofs
...and colorful roofs
Street maps of Dijonville
Street maps of Dijonville
Dijon Hostels review
Overall great place (**** Stars)
When I went there it was called: The Centre de Rencontres Internationales et de Séjour de Dijon. This was actually one of the best hostel that I had … read entire review
Dijon
photo by: Mun