We had changed our plans and arrived in Dijon three days earlier than originally planned, thanks to a happy coincidence: André Juniot, an anesthesiologist in Dijon, had found my Acid-Base Teaching Website and we had started an interesting e-mail exchange. These photographs were taken in Dijon, initially while I waited for Anthea to return from visiting her mother in England. On the first evening on Thursday June 29th, André met me and introduced me to a delightful open-air restaurant in the Place Emile Zola.
This square was only a few yards away from the Hostelerie du Sauvage where I was staying. While dining in the square I met Sami and Laetitia Tighlit who entertained me and who agreed to meet three days later for breakfast. On Friday morning I enjoyed strolling round the Dijon and visiting the main shopping area and the beautiful St. Benigne.
In the afternoon I went on a conducted tour of Dijon escorted by one of Andrés friends, Claude Fleck. She showed me the wonderful buildings around Dijon's Notre Dame and left me time to climb to the top of the Phillippe le Bon Tower for a view of the very distinctive tiled rooves which originated in Dijon.
In the evening André and his daughter Alice took me out to dinner in La Ruelle, the name of both the street and the restaurant - appropriate as the restaurant tables pretty much filled and blocked the tiny street.
Anthea returned from visiting her mother on Saturday night and we enjoyed dinner with André and his wife Elisabeth. It was an exciting evening because, without watching any television, we could follow France's success in the World Soccer championships just be hearing the cheers and the car horns blaring. The next morning we met up with Rob and Janina Cushman, and with Sami and Laetitia. We had a little problem finding "breakfast" but we did enjoy coffee while we watched children playing in the freshly inaugurated fountains playing for the first time in Place de la Liberation.
Then, like good tourists, we explored the city a little morte and found Dijon's Owl and made our wishes before we returned once again to the Place Emile Zola for lunch.
André was also responsible for arranging a delightful tour of his hospital with the hospital's director of historical affairs, Monsieur Choron, acting as our guide. After a happy three days in Dijon we set off on the barge "Hirondelle" with the Cushmans, the Cunninghams, and the Bechers.
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July 9th 2006