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    other roman ruins in Lyon

    by GentleSpirit Written Oct 26, 2014

    Beyond the major Roman sites you can see on Fourviere Hill, there are a number of others. Many were discovered quite recently during construction.

    Thermes Romains de Lyon- thought to have been built in 2-3 centuries (after Lyon had already started to decline as a major city in the empire) Located on Fourviere Hill it is on Rue de Farges. Nearest metro station is Vieux Lyon.

    Gallo Roman tombs- three reconstructed burial chambers from the 1st century AD, located on Place Eugene Wernert. Nearest funicular is Saint Just.

    If you are interested in Roman remains the town of Vienne (20 miles away from Lyon) has a number of remains- a threatre, the temple of Augustus and Livia, and the roman pyramid.

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    Notre Dame Saint Vincent

    by GentleSpirit Written Oct 7, 2014

    This church looked wonderful from the outside. Unfortunately, the doors were closed the times that I came by to visit, so i didn't get to see the inside. The facade was quite ornate and stood out. The reality is, however, that this is not at old church at all, dating only from the 1700's. However, fire destroyed the church in 1987 and it was not reopened until 1992. The richly ornate facade was very noticable, and seemed a bit more ornate (and larger figures) than most of the other churches I saw in Lyon.

    It is located in the 1st arrondisement at Quai Saint Vincent. If you are walking in the neighborhood you are less than 5 minutes away from the Lyonais fresco.

    detail of facade of Saint Vincent
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    A Visit To A Vineyard In The Beaujolais

    by hquittner Updated Dec 6, 2010

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    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

    April Showing First Vine Sprouts A Row of Last Years Full Barrels Drinking Owned By Institut Pasteur The Beaujolais
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    Abbey d'Ainay

    by aquatic Written Jan 4, 2009

    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…

    Abbey d'Ainay, Lyon
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    Thiers

    by dejavu2gb Written Jan 27, 2006

    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.

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    Visit the round village of Oncieu

    by Bigjones Updated May 26, 2005

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    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.

    Oncieu
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    Avignon

    by keeweechic Updated Jul 25, 2003

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    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.

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    You absolutely MUST make a...

    by Krystynn Written Aug 24, 2002

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    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).

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  • Whilst at Chamonix, you'll...

    by paul002 Written Aug 24, 2002

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    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.

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  • Thonon Les Bain &...

    by paul002 Written Aug 24, 2002

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    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.


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  • CHAMONIXWell, not quite off...

    by paul002 Written Aug 24, 2002

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    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.

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  • The photo is of my wife...

    by paul002 Written Aug 24, 2002

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    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.

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  • A typical street in Yvoire....

    by paul002 Written Aug 24, 2002

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    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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