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    Place du Maréchal Lyautey, Lyon

    by gwened Written Sep 18, 2014

    The square or place du Maréchal-Lyautey is in the north side of the cours Franklin-Roosevelt,on the rive gauche or left bank of the river Rhône ,where it joins the quai de Serbie and quai du Général Sarrail, given access to bridge or pont Morand. It has a wonderful view on the Opéra, the tower of the city hall ,and the basilique de Notre-Dame de Fourvière,as well as the hill of the Croix Rouss. Awesome area.

    Its name has changed several times: place the Brotteaux (at its creation), place Louis XVI , place pont Morand (1826), place Bérenger (1848) and place Morand again in 1871. In 1940 it was renamed Place Maginot, and in 1941 it became known as course Pétain, refuse of him for the name, and again in 1944, it was named Place Maréchal Lyautey (1854-1934),as we know it today. However, the bridge Morand is still use today too.

    The statue you see was done in honor of Napoleon III for eliminating the tolls on the river Rhone

    It has a great parking garage here so, used ::)

    Place du Mar��chal Lyautey
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    Pont Lafayette, Lyon

    by gwened Written Sep 18, 2014

    A wonderful site over the rhone and a must to walk it and see.

    The Lafayette bridge is the third oldest bridge over the Rhone. In 1826, is built the first bridge, the Pont Charles X or bridge Concert from 1828. Long 214 m and 13 m wide. It ends on the Cours Lafayette that takes you to the city of Villeurbanne.

    On 5 September 1829 Lafayette made a triumphal entry in Lyon via bridge which was renamed in his honor on September 19, 1830. The Marquis de Lafayette , the hero of the US independance. It is washed away by floods in 1840, then 1856.

    Too old, he was replaced in 1890 by the current bridge, steel structure resting on stone piers from Porcieu-Amblagnieu. The central arch, destroyed in September 1944, was rebuilt and the Bridge reopened in 1946.

    nice indeed, and just emblematic of the many beautiful bridges of Lyon over the Rhône and Sâone rivers.

    Pont Lafayette at Lyon
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    Musée d'art contemporain

    by gwened Written Sep 18, 2014

    This is a nice museum not spend much time on it but for info is another option to see in Lyon.The museum is at 81 Quai Charles de Gaulle, 6éme district or arrondissement of Lyon

    It is in the old building of Palais de la Foire, it is in the cité internationale,near the park or parc de la Tête d'Or . And of course, it is dedicated to contemporary arts. If you like the Beaubourg at Paris you will like this one too.

    It is open from October 3 2014, great timing ::) from Wednesdays to Fridays from 11h to 18h, Saturdays and Sundays from 10h to 19h,closed Mondays, Tuesdays and Jan 1, May 1 ,and Dec 25. Normal tariffs are 8€ adults.

    From the train station Part-Dieu, you take bus direct line C1, stop/arrêt Musée d'art contemporain. From train station Perrache; Métro line until Bellecour, then connect with bus line C5 to stop/arrêt Musée d'art contemporain.
    From the airport Saint-Exupéry ,take the Rhône express until Part-Dieu then bus C1 direct to stop/arrêt Musée d'art contemporain.

    You have arts outside in the garden ,around it and inside. There is a café inside as well as a boutique.open hours same as museum.

    Enjoy it

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    Church of the Redemption, Lyon

    by gwened Written Sep 18, 2014

    A nice church passing by could not hesitate to take a photo, it is at Place Puvis de Chavannes in the 6éme arrondissement of Lyon. église de la redemption;

    The Catholic site of churches in the parrishes is here
    http://lyon.annuaire-eglise.net/index.php?a=lyon&cahier=1654&ocf=0&exp=0&picg=0&picp=0

    It is said built in the 14C, and it has a great organ, many concerts are held here.

    and the city of Lyon page
    http://www.lyon.fr/lieu/culte-et-cimetieres/eglise-catholique-de-la-redemption.html

    a nice architecture to see passing driven by at Lyon.

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    Church of Sainte Madeleine, Balazuc

    by gwened Written Jul 23, 2014

    another passing and a nice uphill Church did went in ! Small town in the Drôme dept. Balazuc.

    The village thrive on the Silk revenue. Around the medieval village, the approaches vary and the (interspersed with narrow alleys of vaults) pathways of the old village are put to wider roads allowing the passage of carts. It is urgent to build a larger church. Church built in 1895 in Romain style. It is reached by a monumental bell tower porch. Inside, the chancel and the nave are illuminated stained glass in lancets. The vaults are in vaulting. small but nice.

    Once inside, one is impressed by the harmony of the volumes and the simplicity of the barrel-vaulted and the fortified apse. The second nave, vaulted edges, is due to expansion in the 17C.

    But it is the bell tower that holds the most attention. Composed of three bays topped originally three small openings which one survives, the access is by a narrow and steep stairs outside. From there, the view is breathtaking on the river and the village.

    The Church is disused and was renovated in 2007. The Church is open from July 12 to August 22, Sundays, Mondays, and Thursdays from 10H to 13H ; Tuesdays, Wednesdays, Fridays,and Saturdays from 16H to 19H. From August 23 to September 18 every day from 15h to 18H. Outside these times you can call for appointment at +33 04 75 37 75 08

    Church of Sainte Madeleine altar of church Chapel of Ste Madeleine Chapel of Saint Joseph
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    Jardin aux herbes, la Garde Adhémar

    by gwened Written Jul 23, 2014

    This is nice herbs, plants and aromatic herbs jardins that passing needed to stop for the other half. Created in 1990.

    You go up by the Church St Michel,on a rustic stairs with an orientation table, and see the garden where are grown and inventory with labels hundreds of plant species of the aromatique or medicinal kinds.
    more pictures of the site gardens of France here
    http://www.jardinez.com/Parks-and-gardens-Garden-Of-Herbs_La-Garde-Adhemar_Drome_Rhone-Alpes_uk_627_la+garde+adh%E9mar.html

    admission is free.

    the alleys of scents and aromas the decoratives alleys at garden
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    Pont Romain at Nyons

    by gwened Written May 21, 2014

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    a wonderful bridge at Nyons dating from Romans times. GReat to go walk over and back.and by car too great!!!

    A bit of history I like
    According to historians of Nyons, construction began in 1341 but for half a century, the work has hardly progressed (in 1361, Nyons Thibaud de Noyx fails in its attempt), only the abutments of hand and side of the river having been built. March 1398, a contract is concluded with Guillaume de Pays, who undertakes to construct "well and appropriately" the bridge of a single arch between the two "battery" already existing, for the sum of 1200 gold florins. In 1400, it reiterates its confidence in the romanais artisan .Completed probably before 1405, bridge was inaugurated with great pomp in 1409 by the Bishop of Vaison. Until the 19C, a toll tower was placed at the centre of the bridge.

    41 meters long and 19 meters high at its final completion. However, times has its cost. For four centuries the bridge remained unchanged except for repairs of damage caused by the flooding of the Eygues. Around 1850, the tower that overcomes it is destroyed and a few years later, its access are changed to make it accessible to cars, but these cannot cross. Until the construction in 1970, of a new bridge downstream ( pont de l'Europe), it remained the only bridge to cross the Eygues river on the territory of the commune of Nyons.

    Always used by automobiles, there is not less by its age, its boldness and its aesthetic qualities, one of the major elements of the Nyonsais architectural . In 2009, its sixth Centennial was celebrated with pomp by the nyonsaise population.

    pont romain or roman bridge at Nyons
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    chapelle de Notre Dame de bon-secours,Nyons

    by gwened Written May 21, 2014

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    One of the nice sights you see driving in France and walking our marvelous towns and cities.

    This is the Tour Randonne built in 1280 by the Baronne de Montauban. It is on a hill looking over Nyons, it served as donjon and prison and finally purchased by the abbot Francou, it was converted into a chapel.

    A statue of the Virgen of e 3,50 meters is on top on a pyramid of 3 levels with four faces. The building was renamed the «Notre-Dame de Bon-Secours», and open in 1863 by the bishop of Valence in front of 15 000 persons.

    Every August 15 the Tour Randonne is to the honor to host an event retracing the history that have marked it and the town.

    nice place really.

    Chapel of Notre Dame de Bon-Secours
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    Hôtel de Ville de Lyon

    by gwened Written May 7, 2014

    one of the most historic buildings in the city and gorgeous architecture. This is city hall/council government building at place des Terreaux and place de la Comédie facing the Opéra.

    A bit of history I like
    By the 17C, Lyon is embellished, the peninsula becomes downtown, the place des Terreaux, which will become the heart of the city will be paved and beautify the Town Hall built between 1645 and 1651 .Following a fire in 1674, City Hall will be restored and modified, including its facade, according to the plans of Jules Hardouin-Mansart and his pupil Robert de Cotte. In 1792 during the French revolution, the semi-relief representing Louis XIV on horseback in the middle of the front panel is removed and will be replaced only during the restoration by the good King Henry in the same posture. This statue is the work of the sculptor Jean-François Legendre-Hariharan and date from 1829.

    At street level you have the lower court, the stairs or escalier d'honneur,and passarelles.

    On the first floor, you have gorgeous sections like Mayor's Office located on the East of the Town Hall facade in the wing to the North, opposite the Opéra. The old archives room: single vaulted room of the 1st floor, it includes Dutch chandeliers made of copper, paintings of the Second Empire.The Conservation fair: there is a work painted ceiling (1668-1669) by Thomas Blanchet.The arms room: formerly covered portraits aldermen of Lyon all unfortunately destroyed by the fire, they were replaced by the arms of these aldermen (executives date from the 18C).The living room of the Consulate: there is an offset stack.The exhibition Henri IV: it features a decoration which dates from 1670 to 1675. A painting on the ceiling shows the glory of the Sun King.The lounge of the Council: one of the most beautiful rooms of the Town Hall served by the grand staircase. With an area of 325 m2 it was destroyed during the fire of 1674. Restoring after 1717 was undertaken by J. Hardoin-Mansart and conducted in carpentry and painting while he had hoped the marble and stone. We also note the presence of a bas-relief in bronze representing the Foundation of Lyon by Lucius Munatius Plancus.The Red shows: there are medallions representing the successive stages of the production of silk and on the fireplace there is a copy of reduced size of the statue of Marie Leczinzska in Junon de Guillaume Coustou the Louvre Museum.

    Then we moved to the 2fl, and views of the towers. Access to the belfry of the Town Hall, which houses one of the largest carillons in Europe.

    H��tel de Ville de Lyon in the Atrium the fountain in Hotel de Ville
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    Mountain tops

    by Kuznetsov_Sergey Updated Feb 13, 2012

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    Snow tops could be seen at the distance.
    Nevertheless I enjoyed mountain landscapes after monotony of beach impressions from Nice and Cannes.

    You can watch my 3 min 08 sec Video Nice-Lion across the Alps out of my Youtube channel.

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    Mountain road

    by Kuznetsov_Sergey Updated Jul 7, 2008

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    Though mountains are not very high, but the road passes through picturesque gorges so the river running below left sometimes on tens meters in a precipice.

    We have been told, that Napoleon lead in due time the army on this road, having caused a panic at Italians and Austrians who thought, that the army would go seacoast. However the march-throw on the shortest way through mountains brought military success to Napoleon.

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    Lake in the mountains

    by Kuznetsov_Sergey Updated Jul 3, 2008

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    We were already a little tired of mountain road when we have been arranged a green parking near picturesque lake. I don't know the name of this lake. Jean-Louis (JLBG) helped me and suggested the following.
    "Lac du Sautet, near Corps, perhaps.
    The three lakes of Laffrey (lac de Petichet, lac de Laffrey, lac Pierre-Chatel)
    are unlikely." Thanks Jean-Louis!

    Surrounded by green mountains, the lake had a very cut up and steep coast. I have taken advantage of the moment, and have quickly left from our group in a deserted place. Here I dived into the water. In spite of the fact that it was a mountain lake, water was warm enough. I have already a little weaned from bathing in fresh water, but felt huge pleasure.

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    Lac du Chevril

    by freya_heaven Updated May 2, 2005

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    Along the road which winds up to the popular ski resorts of Tignes & Val d Isere is a large lake & dam. This was built between 1947 and 1955 to produce hydroelectric power.

    The village of Tignes le lac was abandoned & submerged in the waters, every 10 years the lake is emptied for maintence & you can still see houses & a few cars. This is draws many people to the area to see the unusual sight & even a religous service is held on the lake bed. The next emptying is due in March 2010.

    The web page below has some great old photos of how the valley was before the lake & as it is now.

    A very foggy Lac du Chevril
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    La Fornet

    by freya_heaven Updated May 2, 2005

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    La Fornet is a tiny village just east of Val d Isere, in the Savoy, close to the Italian border. There is nothing very special to see here just lots of peace & quiet surrounded by the snowy mountains. Due to an foot injury from my parachute jump I needed a day break from skiing near the end of the holiday, so I walked from La Daille up to here instead. It looks a very dull day in the photo but I remember it as actually a lovely sunny walk!

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    Take the N212 road from Albertville to Sallanches

    by cissou7 Written Feb 11, 2004

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    Or from Sallanches to Albertville, every side are marvellous! To precise its location, this is a road between Savoie (73) and Haute-Savoie (74). It goes through Megeve (just click to find pictures on that lovely village).

    If you take this road you have to like to drive in the mountain, you will find a wonderful landscape but also incredibles hair-pin curves! You will take the "Gorges de l'Arly" (just click to see my album about it), unless this part of the road is close (which happens often..), therefore you will be redirected through Hery sur Ugine. Enjoy!

    Arriving to Hery sur Ugine
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