10 years ago we recognized that we were too old to continue independent sightseeing and started taking tours or if possible using mature family members as our baby sitters. When we used tours, we chose detailed ones that were limited in scope and distance. On one of those we spent a week in Lyon and one day was spent in riding around the Beaujolais. Of course we stopped at winery. We like Gamay red wine in part because we like its flavor and it is usually inexpensive. but we think that one industrial visit to a winery in a lifetime is enough and ours occurred over 50 years earlier. Since things are more mechanized now, it was not too hard to take. There was little to see otherwise. There are other places near Lyon that would have been much more interesting to visit like Vienne or even Perouze
This abbey was built in the beginning of the 12th century on the site of the Carolingian abbey of 9th century. The changes were made from 13th to 19th centuries. But it still looks as something historically mysterious.
It is close to the museum of decorative arts. You won’t find much people here. But it worth a visit…
Thiers is about a 2 hour drive from Lyon towards the south, and well worth the visit. Although I have to honestly say that we only stopped for a short while as we were on our way back to Lyon.
When coming from the outskirts you can see the town in the distance, and it makes for very good photo opportunity.
I will definitely return for anoter longer visit.
Its a good place to escape to when you need to get away and have a relaxing weekend in the countryside.
Oncieu is an original village in the form of an ellipse located between Lyon and Geneve in the region called Bugey.
To get there from Lyon, take the motorway A 42 in the direction of Bourg Geneve, exit in Amberieu en Bugey, then follow the N504 (direction Belley) until St Rambert en Bugey, then take the D34 to arrive in Oncieu.
A few hypotheses about its shape have been put forward but up to now, nobody was able to an explanation. One explanation could be that one of the inhabitants didn't want any houses build on his field and thus, the other people started to build around it ...
May be they'll find out one day.
Avignon is now the capital of the department of Vaucluse and was one of the principal cities of the Cavares at the time of the Roman invasion. Central Avignon is enclosed by medieval walls, built by one of the nine popes who based themselves here throughout most of the fourteenth century, away from the anarchic feuding and rival popes of Rome.
You absolutely MUST make a side-trip to ARS to check out this quaint little town.... and to see the impressive Joan of Arc statue (please see pic below).
More details coming up...!!
Whilst at Chamonix, you'll certainly go up to the Mer de Glace - the glacier, and you'll propably vist the ice-cave.Iinside this man-made cave, hewn out of solid ice, you'll see ice sculptures of people, animals and furniture.
Thonon Les Bain & YvoireThese are two pretty little villages on Lake Geneve. Yvoire is certainly the more picturesque. There are flowers everywhere, in the streets, on balconies and the walls of buildings.
CHAMONIXWell, not quite off the beaten track! Chamonix is a delightful touristic place on the side of Mont Blanc. The scenery is out of this world as the next photo suggests.
The photo is of my wife Beatrice near an unusually pretty flower-bed in an open space by the main road of Thonon Les Bain. Lake Geneve is in the background.
A typical street in Yvoire. The photo does not do justice to the beauty of this place. If you're travelling in the vicinity, do not miss to visit Yvoire
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This is the view from my room. While not the best, I could see the Baslica and Fourviere.more
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