PHOTO: Tombs of the Dukes of Burgundy in the Musee des Beaux Arts in Dijon, France

Tombs of the Dukes of Burgundy in the Musee des Beaux Arts Dijon, France

The Musee des Beaux Arts Dijon occupies the historic Palace of the Dukes of Burgundy, parts of which date back to the 14th and 15th centuries. Once the seat of power of the Duchy of Burgundy, today the palace houses an impressive art collection that ranges from Egyptian to 20th century artworks. Of all the … Read more

PHOTO: Place de la Liberation in the Heart of Dijon, France

Place de la Liberation in Dijon, France

Place de la Liberation, literally the “place of the liberation” in English, sits at the historic center of Dijon France. It is designed in a semicircle and anchored on one side by the palace of the Dukes of Burgundy. Down through the centuries, the square has had many names. Upon completion in 1686, it was … Read more

VIDEO: From Farmer to Fruitiere to Affineur – the Making of Comte Cheese

Cheesemaker at Fruitiere of Bouverans performs a clean break test on curd that will become comte cheese

Comte cheese may not be a household word in the United States, but every Frenchman and woman is intimately familiar with this semi-hard cheese from the Franche-Comté region in Eastern France. Comté holds the coveted PDO (Protected Designation of Origin) status in the European Union, which means that only farms, dairies, and aging cellars located … Read more

PHOTO: La Place aux Fleurs, a Serene Little Square in Dole, France

La Place aux Fleurs with bronze Commeres by Jens Boettcher in Dole, France

At first glance, La Place aux Fleurs in Dole, France, seemed a serene little square bordered by trim limestone block houses. But on closer examination, I decided there was more to the story. On one side of the plaza, three naked bronze figures huddled on a bench. The bronze sculpture was created in 1982 by … Read more