Dijon Wins Out!

Thanks Weekend in Paris readers for weighing in on my dilemma about which city to branch out to on my next gal pal trip to Paris.  Dijon was hands down the winner!  Being winter, we will not have quite the same experience as the rest of the year, but knowing this group of hilarious chicks we will shop, eat, drink & laugh our way through any climate.

We plan to stay within walking distance of the train station in Dijon and have booked a small hotel recommended to me by Margo who is a world traveler and fellow lover of all things French.  She tells me the hotel is no frills (read no standup shower), but boasts a good restaurant and the location can’t be beat.  If it’s recommended by her then it’s a “sure thing” for me!  Elizabeth and I have not decided if we will rent a car (think Lucy & Ethel) or take the train since we will be tired from our 9 hour flight over.  Ricky and Fred back home are going to suggest the train for us I am sure!

Back to Paris we will head for the annual mecca to the 6th arr for long nights of laughter spent outdoors sitting at local cafés.   Staying true to my mission to introduce new experiences to the group, we will begin with lunch at O Chateau.   It is here in their 17th century cellar that King Louis XV made into the Royal Cellars where we will take a class on wine (including champagne) and cheese tasting.  Julie Gilley who guest blogged for me (Girl Trippin’ in Paris) recommended this place so it must be interesting.

L’Epi Dupin has been contacted for a booking and I should be hearing from François Pasteau the chef/owner shortly.  There is no way I can go to Paris without having a meal in this charming friendly restaurant where diners are treated like family.  The food matches its eclectic atmosphere with staple comfort foods mixed with unexpected elegant twists and the most amazing sauces.  Read my full review (including menu) of L’Epi Dupin here.

So, the gal pals are off to a good start.  Left on my To Do’s is booking a restaurant new to our group that has a fun, interesting atmosphere free from tourists but traveler friendly.  We also need to pick a museum/church we have not been to yet and decide if we will Segway given the cold temps that time of year.  If anyone has done a City Segway Tour in winter please chime in!

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