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Dijon is the capital of the eastern French region of Burgundy. Dijon is perhaps best known for its mustard (named after the town), which is still produced locally, but it is also one of the most beautiful cities in France, and its historic buildings and byways were not heavily damaged by bombing in World War Two and are largely intact.

La Chouette (The Owl) is the icon of Dijon, sculpted on the side of the Notre-Dame church in 15th century. Story says it can grant you a wish when you touch it with your left hand. Place François Rude is a central place with beautiful traditional houses, a fountain with a sculpture, with an old carousel, and a lot of cafés and bars.

The Ducal Palace is a beautiful building that has a museum containing priceless treasures and wonderful art that was the property of the Dukes of Burgundy. Musée des Beaux-Arts is an art museum that is located in the Palais Ducal and has a permanent exhibition of medieval art from Dijon's heyday as Capital of the Dukes of Burgundy. On the upper floor, there are lots of paintings by local artists and Flemish painters. The museum sometimes hosts temporary exhibitions with works from local artists. The most famous part of the museum is the Guard Room with tombs.

Jardin Darcy is a beautiful park near the station and it's a great place to have a rest and to see how French people enjoy themselves. You can see the famous white bear of François Pompon. Note that this one is a replica made by Henri Martinet. The original is at the Orsay museum in Paris.

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