Sunday, May 30, 2010

Meet the City That Is Hosting the Festival

Dijon! The name evokes delectable cuisine, fabulous architecture, and magnificent art. The city is perhaps most renowned for its culinary delights: jambon persillé, consisting of morsels of ham and chopped parsley set in wine gelatin; poulet Gaston-Gérard, a chicken dish made with wine, Dijon mustard, and Gruyère cheese, named after a mayor of the city; pain d'épices, a spice bread made with rye, honey, and anise; nonnette de Dijon, a spice cake made with honey and orange marmalade; and crème de cassis de Dijon, a sweet, blackcurrent liqueur, which, when mixed with white wine, makes kir, a popular apéritif in France.

As for fabulous architecture, the remarkable Palace of the Dukes and Estates of Burgundy stands in the heart of the city. It contains representative architecture from the 14th, 15th, 17th, and 18th centuries, including the Tower of Philip the Good (15th century), which affords a spectacular view of the city.

The beautiful Musée des Beaux-Arts, one of the largest museums in France, is the pride of the city. Its collections display masterworks of European art from the Middle Ages to the end of the 20th century, as well as Egyptian art from Antiquity and art from the Greco-Roman era.

All of these attractions—plus the three-day 4-14 Festival celebrating food, music, and Franco-American friendship—make Dijon a great place to visit this summer. See you there!

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