The Canal du Rhône au Rhin: Mulhouse, the Art of the City

Mulhouse is full of art. Like most medium-sized cities in France, Mulhouse has numerous private galleries and a decent musée des beaux-arts or fine arts museum. But city’s artworks are not only contained merely within the walls of its museums … Continue reading

Canal du Rhône au Rhin: Besançon, le musée des Beaux-Arts et d’Archéologie

“Courtisane et vieillard” by Lucas Cranach

It would be easy to assume that the oldest public museum in France is the Louvre. But it isn’t. It’s actually le musée des Beaux-Arts et d’Archéologie in Besançon. Besançon’s museum was established in 1694, nearly a century before the public could see the art in the Louvre. Indeed, Besançon’s public art museum is one of the oldest in the world. Continue reading

Canal de Bourgogne: Dijon, the Palais des Ducs and the Musée des Beaux-Arts

Portrait de Jeanne de Montaigu (Maître de Saint-Jean-de-Luze)

The longer we stayed in Dijon the more it appealed to us. With a little over 150,000 residents, the commune is more happening than the mostly rural villages that we had passed as we traveled along the Canal de Bourgogne. Between the restaurants, the wine, and the tourist attractions, there was motivation to linger past our penciled in departure day.

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