Thursday, February 25, 2010

Les Chouettes a Dijon! Hoot hoot.


For some time now, I have been a semi-collector of owl stuff 
But reading the Harry Potter books while in France (in French!) has really made me want an owl!
And then I went to Dijon for vacation. They have a self-guided tour called le parcours de la chouette (the course of the owl), where they have little arrows (les flèches),
pointing you to the right direction all throughout the city:
And then you arrive at a certain number @ a tourist landmark in the city.

One of the landmarks is this owl encarved in a church building. Poor owl. 
It's face was chopped off in recent years.
But, you are supposed to put your left hand on it and make a wish.
So, le parcours was cute and cheap. Only downside, the weather was horrible! Rainy and cold.
So, we took a breather and got some food @ Caffe Cosi.
One of the best salads I have ever had.

       Unfortunately, the main course wasn't as good. The meat was impossible to chew or cut.
         Also, to hide from the rain, we went to the  Musée des Beaux-Arts de Dijon.
Tomb of John the Fearless and Margaret of Bavaria (above)
"The Rage of the Sabines" by Jean-Claude Naigeon (below)
I adored the modern art collection, especially Jan Meijer.
And surprise, surprise! There were paintings of owls.
by an anonymous German painter from the 17th century:
 Also, a note about owls. Owl in French = La chouette, but this word was also used to say "great" or "cool." It's often taught as that in French class. Yet, as Chloe taught me this weekend, no one says it anymore! It would be like saying, "groovy!" Quite passé, so don't say it! Instead, "Super!" or "Genial!"

  So that's all I have to say about the land of mustard. I will leave you with these photos.
Hoot, hoot. Once a night owl, always a night owl. I'm posting this at 2 a.m.

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