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Sunday, September 16, 2012

Dijon, France - 2012

# Posted by Joel Dixon at 16/09/2012 04:43:33
Updated by Joel Dixon at 03/08/2014 12:27:52 - Typos


Owls have impressed me over the years. Partial to a hilarious pun, the star of cute YouTube videos and helping Ernie play the saxophone are just some examples of the benefits owls bring to mankind. Another item needs to be grafted upon that list, as an owl helpfully showed me the sights during by brief stay in Dijon.

Ground
I managed to take this photo just after a girl walked past wearing a skirt - now I know where the Great Horned Owl gets it's name

Meet la chouette, helpful tour guide owl of Dijon. These plates and arrows form a path that takes you past most of the important sights of Dijon. One of these owl plates was right outside my hotel and it was a delight following Mr. Owl as he showed me his small city. Sometimes I briefly lost sight of the little scallywag, but he would always pop up again with those caring eyes beseeching my patronage. Dijon have employed an owl for their walking tour with reference to a relief sculpture on the Notre Dame church, known to promote good luck after a bit of a rub.

Church
This is an owl. I think I could have been a master sculptor if this is the level of quality they expected back in the day

I was starting to feel a bit peckish, but I had yet to complete the full circuit of the walking tour. I could see a grin of mirth on Mr. Owl's face as he beckoned me to continue with the walking tour and forget about lunch for the time being. Knowing the import I give to meal time - it was not easy to keep walking and try to put hunger out of my mind. After far too many steps and turns I was still hungry and starting to wonder if la chouette was playing the long con - gaining my trust by showing me wonderful sights of Dijon only to then leave me hungry and alone with nary a dejeuner to speak. Just as the clouds were starting to release a light precipitation, I turned a corner and was right in front of a cookie shop. Slightly embarrassed for having doubted a mysterious street owl, I thanked him profusely and enjoyed a delicious meal of baguettes and cookies.

Lunch
The golden arrow at the bottom is a shining beacon towards a brighter future (and some cookies). I would have been displaying the typical excited-Joel-camera-shake had I not been so weak from the lack of food

I left pretty soon after this, so I will take this time to talk about driving in France. Having not yet reached Paris, the majority of my driving has been going between the cities on main highways. The speed limit is 130 km/h, which is appreciated, but I have been most impressed by the French driver's respect for the "keep left unless overtaking" rule. On pretty much every single road I have traveled drivers have steadfastly obeyed this principle, and as a result the right lane is always empty and available for you to overtake in. After overtaking the drivers immediately return to the lane they were in. The left hand lane will have trucks and slower cars going anywhere from 90 km/h to 120 km/h while the middle lane is a pretty consistent 130 km/h. The only time you need the right lane is when a slower car is passing a truck. The only downside to all this passing is the frequency that drivers just leave their left indicator on. It can get a little disconcerting passing a truck at 130 km/h while his indicator suggests he's about to merge into your lane. Oh, and swap left and right in that whole paragraph if you are in Europe.


This is the 18th in the EuroJoel - 2012 series
City 1 - Lisbon, Portugal - 2012City 2 - Porto, Portugal - 2012City 3 - Madrid and Toledo, Spain - 2012City 4 - Valencia, Spain - 2012City 5 - Barcelona, Spain - 2012City 6 - Naples, Italy - 2012City 7 - Rome and Vatican City, Italy - 2012City 8 - Florence and Pisa, Italy - 2012City 9 - Milan and Bologna, Italy - 2012City 10 - Venice, Italy - 2012City 11 - Prague, Czech Republic - 2012City 12 - Dresden, Germany - 2012City 13 - Berlin, Germany - 2012City 14 - Legoland, Denmark, 2012City 15 - Edinburgh, Scotland - 2012City 16 - Nice and Monte Carlo, France - 2012City 17 - Lyon, France - 2012City 18 - Dijon, France - 2012City 19 - Provins, France - 2012City 20 - Paris, France - 2012City 21 - Ireland - 2012City 22 - London, England - 2012City 23 - Killarney - Ireland, 2012City 24 - Amsterdam, Netherlands - 2012City 25 - Brussels and Bruges, Belgium - 2012City 26 - Warsaw, Poland - 2012City 27 - Krakow, Poland - 2012City 28 - Vienna, Austria - 2012City 29 - Budapest, Hungary - 2012City 30 - Bucharest, Romania - 2012City 31 - Nile Cruise, Egypt - 2012City 32 - Cairo, Egypt - 2012
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