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    Church saint Barthélemy, Genas

    by gwened Written Apr 20, 2015

    This was passing by another nice church in a suburb of Lyon, Genas and the Saint Barthélemy.at Rue de la République – 69 740 Genas.

    parrish of the alliance in French religious info here
    http://www.paroissedes7clochers-lyon.cef.fr/spip.php?article134

    unique here is the calvary cross located on the grassy part, the long of the North wall of the Church of St. Barthélemy. It overlooks the road of Lyon (Extension of the rue de la République). The wrought iron cross is attached to a support in stone consist of three elements: the base in carter, the pedestal with the inscription MISSION of 1878 , and the table double curvature,convex to concave and lower face for the upper side. The cross is made of two irons square encasing diamonds and circles. Two double scrolls, placed crosswise,serve as a console at the base of the cross. The ends of the branches are flowered shape crown of Christ, color bronze, arms raised almost vertically, seems too small in relation to the cross. Above his head is the title (Iesus Nazarenus Rex Iudaeorum) ,meaning Jésus the Nazarene, King of the Jews.

    A nice tranquil square by the church after passing by Lyon seems surreal indeed, and nice looking building church.
    http://genas.fr/vie-pratique/administration-et-services/lieux-de-culte

    Church Saint Barth��lemy at Genas arriving at Saint Barth��lemy side church Saint Barth��lemy
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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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    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.

    Rhone-Alpes - Mountain tops
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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.

    Rhone-Alps - Mountain road
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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.

    Rhone-Alpes - Lake
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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!

    La Fornet
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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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