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Marvel at the Iconic Monuments of Dijon

Originally from the east coast of the United States, I have been living in France for the past 25 years. As a nationally licensed tour guide-lecturer and English teacher, I divide my professional time between culture activities (tour guiding, giving lectures and cultural English language workshops for children and adults) and teaching English in a continuing education program. In addition to my master’s degree in Classical Archaeology and Art History, I have been fortunate enough to be involved in projects ranging from archaeological excavations, decorative arts (at the Isabella Stewart Gardner museum in Boston), ethnographic art (at the Fowler Museum of Cultural History at UCLA) to architecture and oenology (here in burgundy especially). I love sharing my passion for all these subjects and others like gardens, gastronomy and nature

From Dijon
Online Experience
1 Hour
France
Upto 10 people
English
Highlights
  • Real-time online experience streamed live from the historic town of Dijon
  • Visit popular attractions like Place Francois Rude, Church of Notre Dame of Dijon and Hôtel Particulier
  • Uncover the story behind the world-renowned Dijon Mustard, and many more intriguing anecdotes
Description

We will begin this online experience at the Palace of the Dukes of Burgundy to see the oldest extant parts from the 14th and 15th centuries, and its subsequent alterations. The most important addition was made by Louis the 14th in the 16th century, and by the States of Burgundy in the 18th century, that wing has now been repurposed as the Museum of Fine Arts from the 19th century. The architectural ensemble is still a symbol of power in the city as it is now the City Hall, the Archives and the Museum. 

We will proceed up the main street of Dijon, Rue de la Liberté, evoking the colourful Burgundy roof tiles, to the Place Francois Rude (also called Place du Bareuzet by the Dijonnais - you will get to know why). Then I will show you our 19th century Halles of Steel and Glass (indoor market) and tell you about the wrongful attribution to Gustav Eiffel, who was born in Dijon. 

We will stroll down Rue des Forges to hear stories about Medieval money changers, wet nurses and a (obscure) French poet from Dijon. Our path will lead us to the Church of Notre Dame of Dijon, with its 3 rows of 51 false gargoyles; its bell clock the point of yet another interesting story. At this point, you will learn why the 'chouette' or owl is the emblem of Dijon and how to glean a bit of good luck from it. 

You will be surprised to hear the story of the world-renowned Dijon mustard, admire a 15th-century house of a merchant which is still a shop today, and see the first 'Hôtel Particulier' or town mansion built in Dijon. We will continue our walk through a small park which was part of a ducal park added by the duchess, Margaret of Flanders. Take a peek down a street reminiscent of the Middle Ages with its half-timber houses and cantilevered storeys. The last stop on our itinerary will be one of the courtyards of the Palace, and you will feel like you were really there!

About this experience
Instructions
  • Please have a good internet connection and zoom app installed on your phone or laptop
  • The instructions to join the meeting will be sent via email shortly after the booking
Know before you go
  • This tour involves walking to different places; at times the mobile network may be intermittent, and the picture may not be clear. However, we will attempt to minimise such disruptions
  • You can book this tour for 30 EUR per screen or as a private tour for 100 EUR and invite up to 10 friends and family to join this activity with you from all over the world. You will see the option to book this experience as a private tour on the checkout page if it is available for that time slot
  • Since these are live tours, they may be subject to last minute cancellation due to inclement weather, Internet disruptions or other unforeseen circumstances.
Meet your Host
Kelly Kamborian

Originally from the east coast of the United States, I have been living in France for the past 25 years. As a nationally licensed tour guide-lecturer and English teacher, I divide my professional time between cultural activities (tour guiding, giving lectures and cultural English language workshops for children and adults) and teaching English in a continuing education program. 

In addition to my Master’s degree in Classical Archaeology and Art History, I have been fortunate enough to be involved in projects ranging from archaeological excavations, decorative arts (at the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum in Boston), ethnographic art (at the Fowler Museum of Cultural History at UCLA) to architecture and oenology (here in Burgundy especially). I love sharing my passion for all these subjects and others like gardens, gastronomy and nature...

From USD 38 / Screen
Important Information
  • Fully refundable in case of any cancellation upto 1 day before the tour.