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    by gwened Updated Jul 23, 2014

    Favorite thing: well dig some old photos to share, this is an area we have been going from early on in our travels thru France, and not back for a while. My sons are now going more often to ski but not every year.

    It is a fascinating region of mountains valleys and historical monument with some of the most beautiful towns of France.

    Place de la Halle (or Place du Tilleul) is a quaint pisturesque square in Pérouges due to a tree planted there before the French revolution. There are various historical buildings around it such as the hostellerie du Vieux Pérouges,still open and the house or maison du Petit-Saint-Georges or as well the maison du Cadran Solaire. The tree is planted in the middle of the square and is known as the tilleul de Pérouges.

    The abbey of Saint Antoine l'Abbaye is impressive but can only find one photo of it back from 2009. The story of it goes that the relics of Saint Antoine - the Egyptian were taken from the Holy land by a Lord of the Dauphiné Guigues Disdier accompanied by his brother-in-law Jocelin de Châteauneuf, in 1070AD. They are filed in the village of La Motte - les-Bois who became Saint-Antoine-l'Abbaye, located on the way to Compostela. The Benedictines began the construction of a church and a hospital to treat victims of the evil of the ardent. THe Church was begun in the 12C and finish in the 15C.

    Then you have wonderful buildings like the city hall or mairie of Saint Antoine l'Abbaye,located at Place Ferdinand Gilibert .
    The tourist office for the region is here

    and these towns are all Les Plus Beaux Villages de France or the most beautiful towns of France designation.

    place des jacobins in Lyon is a must.Public place or square since 1514. the fountain was done in 1884. There was before an obelisk but destroyed during the French revolution.

    wonderful passing by most beautiful villages of France, Montbrun-les-Bains on the road D542

    Fondest memory: just walk the beat and you see the beat coming back at you with magical sights. The town of Pérouges is wonderful.

    Place de la Halle (or Place du Tilleul) P��rouges abbey of Saint Antoine l'Abbaye front door tympan mairie or city hall of Saint Antoine l'Abbaye place des Jacobins Lyon passing Montbrun-les-Bains D542
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    Walks in Rhône Alpes

    by gwened Updated May 21, 2014

    Favorite thing: I do a lot of running and sometimes just stop by take a photo and leave, these remain in my vaults or external hard drive or cd rom and forgotten. I am in process of bringing them back alive.

    This is the first of passing by Valence in city center a famous kiosk or kiosque des amoureaux ,located at the esplanade du champ de Mars, directly to the east of the parc Jouvet, by the north the school or lycée Émile Loubet,and at the west by the avenue de la Gare;which at the end you find the train station of Valence. The kiosque of music dates from 1862 but it was not until 1942 that passing the designer Raymond Peynet (1908-1999) gives the actual name of it.

    The porte des jacobins in Bourg-en-Bresse is at the angle of rue de la République and rue Jules Migonney. It the oldest vestiges of the city, last evidence of the existant of the Dominicans here. It was dismantle during the French revolution and sold to different persons. It had been built in 1414 by the Dukes of Savoie and finance by the master textiles Bros Guyot or frères Guyot, where a closet stayed in the backside of one of the niches on the right of the door.

    A Traboule , the typical passegeways of Lyon, this word is only Lyon. The first who uses it was Nizier of Puitspelu, in a newspaper, published in 1894. The expression " driveway that crosses". The word trabouler comes from "tra" (TRANS.) and "rouler" (rouler). Another version has it that the traboule word comes from "trans-ambulare", "trans." (through) "ambulare" (Browse) therefore pass through. In summary a traboule is a pedestrian, often close, starting with an entrance Corridor, crossing one or more buildings to connect a street to another. While an urban passage is a street also pedestrian, covered or not but between buildings (this may be a gallery or an alley).

    Place Bellecour, Lyon, no visit to this city should be without stopping by it, its a must. I do it each time here. The place Bellecour is the largest square in Lyon and the fourth largest square in France with 310 meters by 200 in size. It is also the largest pedestrian square in Europe. She has known several names, place Bellecour, place Louis-le-Grand, Place of the Federation, instead of equality, and finally to place Bonaparte. At the center of the place Bellecour is a bronze statue of Louis XIV.A first statue was created in 1713, but it was destroyed in 1793 to make cannons for the French Revolution. In 1825, a new statue of Louis XIV takes place. It is joined by the presence at his feet by two allegorical statues of the Saône and the Rhône, which had been created by the brothers Nicolas and Guillaume Costou in 1720.

    The chapelle des Récollets was built between 1684 and 1692,under the reign of king Louis XIV. today it remains a focal point of history in the town but is not in use.

    Fondest memory: walking amongst the many beautiful cities of this area.

    kiosque de Peynet, Valence Porte des Jacobins, Bourg-en-Bresse interior of a Traboule in Lyon place Bellecour in Lyon convent of the Recollets at Privas
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    by Kuznetsov_Sergey Written Jul 7, 2008

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    Favorite thing: Lyons is the city with rich history, there is a plenty of different sights.
    The Saint Martin d’Ainay-abbey deserves the special attention. It was established in the X-th century. The Saint Jean Cathedral construction occupied three centuries, the church Saint-Nizier was built in the XV century on a place of more ancient church constructions.

    The building of a town hall dated on XVII century, is the witness of the heroic and tragically past. The Fourviere Basil was constructed in 1870. Being slightly inclined, it allows examining the city from the hill.

    Lyon Lyon Lyons is the city with rich history, there is a pl
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