The other characterful aspect of Dijon is the colourful roofs made from different coloured ceramic tiles and laid out in geometric patterns. Take a trip out of Dijon to visit Chaumont, north on the A31. The city is proud of its viaduct that takes the railway across part of the town.
On the A36 east of Dijon is the sublime city of Besancon which is reputed to have one of the best old towns in the whole of France taking up the whole of the land between an oxbow of the River Doubs and watched over by its massive citadel.
North on the A6 is Auxerre where lovers of the deliciously crisp and dry Chablis wine are drawn to sample it in the cellars of the local producers. Auxerre has a fine cathedral too with reputedly the finest stained glass windows in the country. Finally, true connoisseurs of the grape will want to take the E21 south to Beaune, the centre of Burgundy’s wine production and a very attractive city to boot.