Orase de suflet X – Dijon / Soul cities X – Dijon

Astazi m-am hotarat sa va vorbesc despre un oras foarte drag mie, un oras in care m-am simtit minunat, un oras care mi-a fost casa timp de doua luni. Doamnelor si domnilor, este vorba despre Dijon!!!

Today I decided to tell you more about a city that is very dear to me, a city I felt great in, a city that hosted me for two months. Ladies and gentlemen today we’ll present you Dijon!!!

Cand auziti acest cuvant, Dijon, cel mai probabil va ganditi la mustar iar asta nu este gresit, caci Dijon este faimos pentru producerea celui mai bun mustar din lume. Una dintre experientele cele mai memorabile pe care le am din acest oras este vizita la un magazin de prezentare a unui brand de mustar, unde am gustat multe multe feluri de mustar: cu busuioc, dulce, iute, cu fructe de padure, etc.

When you hear this word, Dijon, you probably think about the mustard and this is not wrong because Dijon is famous for producing the best mustard in the world. One of my most memorable experiences in this city was related to our visit in a mustard shop where we had the opportunity to taste many types of mustard: with basil, sweet, spicy, with forest fruit, etc.

Dijon este un oras relativ mare, perfect si din punct de vedere al activitatilor sociale propuse, dar si din punctul de vedere al locurilor unde te poti relaxa in liniste: parcuri, plaja.

Dijon is a pretty big city, perfect from the point of view of the proposed social activities, but also from the point of view of the places where you can relax in calm and peace: parks, the beach.

As putea spune ca m-am plimbat prin tot orasul la picior, caci avand mai mult timp liber la dispozitie am explorat cat am putut de mult. Sistemul de transporturi este foarte bine pus la punct (autobuze, tramvai), doar ca eu prefer mersul pe jos atunci cand am timp.

I could say that I literally walked all around the city because having some more free time, I explored as much as I could. The transport system is very well organized (buses, trams) but I prefer walking when I do have time for it.

Un alt lucru care m-a impresionat in Dijon este faptul ca intrarea la Planetarium, la Muzeul de Stiinte Naturale, dar si la Gradina Botanica este gratuit (sau cel putin asa era vara trecuta). Astfel, toata lumea se poate bucura de o plimbare, inconjurat de flori sau de informatii interesante.

Another think that impressed me is related to the fact that in Dijon you have free entrance for the Planetarium , to the Natural Sciences Museum, but also at the Botanic Garden Botanic Garden (or at least it was free last summer). Everybody can enjoy a walk surrounded by flowers or by interesting information.

Totusi, Muzeul care mi-a placut cel mai mult este Muzeul Vietii din Burgogne. La parter puteti regasi modele vechi de mobila, reprezentari ale caselor din aceasta regiune si costume traditionale. Totusi, etajul 1 este cel mai frumos dupa parerea mea, caci holurile sunt organizate asemenea unor strazi si fiecare camera este de fapt un magazin, cu produse specifice profilului. Cred ca magazinul de dulciuri m-a impresionat cel mai tare!!! Bineinteles ca si acest muzeu avea intrarea gratuita!

Thus, the museum that I loved the most was the Museum of Burgundian Life. At the ground floor you can find old models of furniture, representations of the houses belonging to this region and traditional clothes. Anyways, the first floor is the most beautiful in my opinion, because the halls are organized as they were streets and each room is actually a store, with specific products. I thinks the sweets shop impressed me the most! Of course, this museum also had free entrance!

Cred ca acesta este un lucru remarcabil in Franta. Faptul ca statul incurajeaza oamenii si tinerii in special sa viziteze muzee oferind acces gratuit este minunat si ajuta la informarea cetatenilor si la dobandirea de noi cunostiinte intr-un mod mult mai placut decat cel practicat in scoli. Ceea ce este chiar mai important decat acest lucru, este faptul ca aceasta regula nu se aplica doar cetatenilor francezi, ci si tuturor strainilor, cu o varsta de pana in 25 de ani, in majoritatea zilelor din an, dar si pentru cei mai mari de atat cu ocazia anumitor sarbatori legale sau a altor evenimente prestabilite.

I think this is a remarkable thing in France. The fact that the government encourages people and especially the youth to visit museums by offering them free access is amazing and it helps to inform citizens and to improve knowledge in a way more pleasant style than the one practiced in schools. What is even more important is the fact that this rule does not apply only to French citizens but to all foreigner as well, as long as they are younger than 25 almost everyday of the year, but also for those older than this in special occasions or legal celebrations. 

Daca ajungeti prin Dijon nu uitati sa vizitati turnul Philippe le Bon, caci are o panorama superba asupra orasului si efortul de a urca pana la punctul de belvedere nici macar nu va mai conta. Pretul pentru vizita acestui turn a fost de 3 Euro.

If you ever get to visit Dijon, do not forget to visit the Philippe le Bon Tower, because it has a gorgeous panorama of the city and the effort to climb up the the sightseeing spot won’t matter anymore. The price for visiting this tower is 3 Euro.

In Dijon va puteti bucura de soare si apa pe plaja lacului Kir, peisajul fiind superb si aici. Puteti servi cina tot pe malul acestui lac, inconjurat de lebede sau rate, ori va puteti intrece pe terenul de mini-golf aflat in imediata apropiere, pentru doar 5 euro.

You can enjoy sun and water in Dijon, along the Kir Lake, the landscape here being amazing as well. You cans serve dinner next to the water surrounded by swans and ducks or you can compete on mini-golf, as there is a place for it just beside the restaurant. The price for mini-golf is 5 Euro.

In ceea ce priveste viata de zi cu zi Dijon este de asemenea bine organizat. Piete in fiecare cartier, piscina in fiecare cartier (noi locuiam chiar vis-a-vis asa ca ne-am bucurat din plin de ea), o piata/targ central/a organizata de obicei sambata, locuri suficiente pentru shopping, restaurante dragute, parcuri si o vreme frumoasa!!!

When it comes to daily life, Dijon is very well organized as well. You can find markets in each neighborhood, pools in every neighborhood (we were living just across the street so we fully enjoyed it), a central market organized usually on Saturdays, many places for shopping, cute restaurants and a nice weather!!!

Dijon este orasul preferat al elementului meu si stiu ca s-ar intoarce oricand acolo pentru a locui. A fost locul in care el s-a simtit cel mai realizat si unde a cunoscut succesul si recunoasterea!

Dijon is my element’s favorite city and I know he would always go back there for living. It was the place were he felt accomplished, where he discovered success and acknowledgement. 

Dijon, esti minunat!

Dijon, you are wonderful!

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