I (and you) may refresh our memory about Dijon even without leaving Moscow. We should go to the Main Building of the Pushkin State Museum of Fine Arts and see a plaster replica of “The Well of Moses” by Klaus Sluter (1395-1406).
Every time I visited this museum since my childhood I admired by this masterpiece… Never knew that I would be able to watch the original in Dijon…
12 Volkhonka St., Moscow
(tel.: +7 495 609-95-20, +7 495 697-95-78, +7 495 697-74-12),
Metro station: "Kropotkinskaya".
Ticket price for foreign visitors 400 rubles (10 euro) for adults,
200 rubles for schoolchildren, students and pensioners.
Attention! Ticket prices for exhibitions might differ from those for permanent collections.
Visitors are offered audio guides in Russian, English, German, French and Italian.
Many exciting tours are on offer!
Open daily from 10 am to 7 pm
Thursdays from 10 am to 9 pm
The Chartreuse is in the Northwest suburbs of Dijon, easily reached by car. Here one encounters two sculptural creations of the end of the 14C that are arguably the finest European works of Art up until that time. The figures are those of the prophets of the Old Testament who "predicted" the coming of Jesus. They stand on a large base that was part of a Calvary with scenes of the crucifixion above. The rest has been destroyed except for the head of Jesus which is in the Archeology Museum in Dijon. The figures are life size and realistic. The six prophets are Moses, Daniel, David, Isaiah, Jeremiah and Zachariah. They are protected by a glassed-in preserving cover and railings which make it difficult to photograph. (I really could not photograph Isaiah who is bald and somewhat bent). Look at the "knobs" on Moses forehead. This is the first protrayal of his glistening countenaance after his experience, which became misinterpreted in various religious plays from this (and perhaps other illustrations), and later even by Michelangelo as horns! Also note the fine angels at the level of the statue heads
The Chartreuse (Charterhouse) of Champmol, or more precisely what is left of it, stands about 1 km west of the Pl. Darcy on the grounds of a psychiatric hospital. It is said that permission needs to be requested from the concierge to view the sites but nobody was around when we visited. What remains of Philippe le Hardi's early 15C mausoleum is the complete portal with the devotional statues of Philipe le Hardi (left) and his wife Marguerite de Flanders (right) both kneeling and praying to the Virgin and Child on the trumeau between the double doors. Behind the Duke stands John the Baptist and behind his wife stands St. Catherine (their patron saints). This is one of the two Claus Sluter masterpieces here; the other is the so called "Well of Moses" which stands in the adjacent courtyard. Sluter was a supreme realist and the figures in both works could step off there pedestals and talk to you. The protagonists in this work show their none topleasant personalities on their faces (no biography is needed). The Chartreuse was destroyed during the Revolution (1793), but luckily these works and more (seen in the Musee de Beaux Arts in the Palais in Dijon-see our Tips) were spared because the men with hammers coild not bring themselves to destroy their heritage, no matter what their feelings about the monarchy and church. Note also the carvings of the consoles below the large figures. It is said that Sluter worked from live models in the Jewish community for these and the prophets on the Calvary (Well). A short distance further west is the artificial Lac Kir (described in Tips by others).
The main sight of the city, is the Medieval center, and also museums. The museum of fine arts located in the Palace of dukes Burgundian, one of the best in France, there are tombs of dukes Burgundian.
Museum Magnin is located in a fine private residence of XVII century. Francois Rjuda museum is located in the church of Saint-Etienne. The museum of natural history and history of architecture is in ancient the abbey Sen-Benint.
I know, I know. Why would you go to school when you don't have to? Simple. Because it's French school, and it is much cooler than American school! Just go in and visit. The buildings are amazing and usually have beautiful courtyards and gardens as well. The atmosphere is so laid back and comfortable.
To get to the wineries you must exit off of the main road. Just take a turn on one of the side roads and Viola! You have just bumped into Veronique, a sweet French woman who will help you taste and select wine.
Ride over the mountains to Geneva....NOT FOR THE FAINT HEARTED ....scarey roads with lots of hairpin bends.
Had to really concentrate to stay on the road as the rain just fell out of the sky.
Water was running down the mountain sides and was like raging rivers across the roads.
As was customary, the consoles under portal statuary were also carved. There are statements that all of the statues, even these consolw figures, were taken from real life models.
This city is small and silent, it is first of all the city of wonderful architecture and art.
There are beautiful and old buildings all over. The best way to see them is on foot. The town is level and the old town is quite compact so it is easy to get around on foot
Close to the city centre, there were some very nice walks. This picture was taken at Place Wilson, and afterwards we walked along the Avenue Charles De Gaulle towards the outskirts of town.
The scenery is breathtaking - beautiful little stone cottages, fields and fields of mustard growing. It's like something out of a glossary travel magazine.