Rhône-Alpes Off The Beaten Path

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Rhône-Alpes Off The Beaten Path

  • Perouges

    Lyon Off The Beaten Path

    Pérouges is a typical village of the Middle Age located on top of a hill at about 35km of Lyon. A lot of efforts have been made to preserve its medieval character and all the historic buildings have been restored. It's very charming.

  • Chamonix Valley

    Chamonix-Mont-Blanc Off The Beaten Path

    Discover the oldest tramway of the valley! The little rack-train departs from the village of Le Fayet, a few kilometers West of Chamonix, for a journey of over an hour. The panorama is alternating: pine woods, villages with chalets and traditional farms... and then it opes to pastures, before getting rocky. The Nid d'Aigle is the last stop, at...

  • Lyon City

    Lyon Off The Beaten Path

    One of the few museums we could find, the Miniatures museum is in old lyon. For a nominal fee (we don't even remember what it was!), you can walk through various rooms that hold tiny exhibits -- models of room after room made with painstaking detail of everyday life. My wife enjoyed guessing what things were used to make tiny brooms, phones,...

  • Outside Chamonix Valley

    Chamonix-Mont-Blanc Off The Beaten Path

    If you travel in the Alps in the Fall, keep a look-out for signs advertising "Bataille des Reines" (Battle of the Queens). These are cow fights, where naturally agressive and territorial cows (yes, cows - not bulls) are brought together to see who is the 'queen of the fields'. Late September-October is the time to look for these contests...

  • Palais du Facteur Cheval

    Lyon Off The Beaten Path

    The Palais Idéal du Facteur Cheval in Hauterives in the department of Drôme in central France is my kind of palace. It was built by and for a hard working man as opposed to royalty. This palace was built by a mail carrier who, during years of mail delivery, collected stones of all shapes and sizes during his daily route by wheelbarrow of 40 miles...

  • La Dombe

    Lyon Off The Beaten Path

    Take the Dombes Lakes Route Tour (by car). Dombes is about 45 minutes drive north of Lyon. The area has thousands of little ponds used for crop, cattle and fish farming. The local government developed two Dombes Lakes Loop Tours. One is 65-km long and goes from Villars-les-Dombes through Chalamont to Saint-Marcel; the other, 70-km, from...

  • Church saint Barthélemy, Genas

    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 herehttp://www.paroissedes7clochers-lyon.cef.fr/spip.php?article134unique here is the calvary cross located on the grassy part, the long of the North wall of the Church...

  • Church of Sainte Madeleine, Balazuc

    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...

  • Jardin aux herbes, la Garde Adhémar

    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...

  • Pont Romain at Nyons

    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 likeAccording 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...

  • chapelle de Notre Dame de...

    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...

  • Mountain tops

    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.

  • Mountain road

    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...

  • Lake in the mountains

    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...

  • Lac du Chevril

    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...

  • La Fornet

    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...

  • Take the N212 road from Albertville to...

    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...

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