Rhône-Alpes Things to Do

  • Annecy, Château
    Annecy, Château
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  • La Bastille
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  • Mont Blanc, view from the terrace
    Mont Blanc, view from the terrace
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Rhône-Alpes Things to Do

  • Basilique Notre Dame de Fourvière

    Lyon Things to Do

    Looming above Lyon from its position on a hilltop on the right bank of the Saône, the Basilica Notre-Dame de Fourvière can be seen from numerous places in the city. So it is certainly a prominent landmark, even for those of us who dislike the building and what it stands for. Like the Basilique du Sacré-Cœur, which has a similarly dominating...

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  • Aiguille Du Midi

    Chamonix-Mont-Blanc Things to Do

    This is the highest peak which can be reached by Areal Tramway. Because of the perpetual snow and the sheer walls, a normal tourist can't reach this point hiking. Take the elevator at the last tramway stop to the view point on top. If it's raining in the valley, you'll be "over the clouds" (litteraly) and in the sun, but in freezing...

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  • The Lake

    Annecy Things to Do

    For those with more energy than is necessary when you take a cruise, there are a number of water sports available. Or maybe you would prefer to sunbake on a deck chair on the pontoon. Water skiiing, kayaking, swimming, paddle boarding etc. They are all available, at a cost of course, but I am sure it would be worth the cost. You may prefer to...

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  • La Bastille

    Grenoble Things to Do

    Most cities have their focal point, whether it be a main square or famous landmark and Grenoble is no exception. The Bastille is, or was, a military fortress overlooking the city, but it won’t be for the history that people really come up here for. It will almost certainly be for the views which are fantastic, so my first tip here is to try and get...

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  • Walk the Streets

    Yvoire Things to Do

    The last invasion of Yvoire is surely by the greenery. When stolling in the streets, you could enjoy many flowers and the famous Garden of the Fives Senses (entrance fee). Since many years Yvoire is elected among the most beautiful bloomed village of France.

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  • Vieux Lyon

    Lyon Things to Do

    This show is a 1 hour fun-filled puppet show (in French). You've never been to Lyon if you've never seen Guignol there. Lyon is the birth place of Guignol, and its a must see for kids and adults alike.

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  • Mer de Glace & Montenvers

    Chamonix-Mont-Blanc Things to Do

    It's quite an experience, using the mechanical means to go up and down the mountain, and to walk several meters inside the glacier (with the advantage of being the shortest of the three rides locally offered). Standing for the family photo is mandatory, and, though in a worry not to get frozen kids, we had time enough to appreciate the effects of...

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  • Gorges du Fier

    Annecy Things to Do

    Fantastic walkway along the inside of the gorge. The walkway is attached to the wall of the gorge, not as scary as it sounds...it's quite secure. You probably need something of a head for heights. It's not suitable for wheelchairs or pushchairs and such. The walkway is mostly fairly flat; just the section at the other end of the gorge up a few...

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  • Halle Sainte-Claire

    Grenoble Things to Do

    The inside of the "Halle Sainte-Claire" is not easy to photograph as the booth built for the various shops have walls that forbid having a general view. You will find every fresh food shop except green grocers who are outside : fish and sea food (the photo), pork, beef, lamb, kid, poultry. There is even one of the last "tripier" (tripe shop) in...

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  • Castle

    Yvoire Things to Do

    The Castle of Yvoire was another interesting building we saw during our visit. It was built on an ancient fortified site between 1306 and 1311 by Amadeus V (count of Savoy) founder of Yvoire town. It was burnt down during 16th century during the conflicts of the local dukes. The castle was protected by a moat, high walls and a drawbridge. Bouviers...

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  • Place Bellecour

    Lyon Things to Do

    This bell tower is all that remains of an old hospital, L'hôpital de la Charité, which was built in 1633 and enlarged in the eighteenth century in order to serve the poorest people of the region. The tower was built in 1804 for use as a baby hatch, where destitute mothers could anonymously leave their newborn babies. The mother was supposed to put...

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  • Hiking

    Chamonix-Mont-Blanc Things to Do

    Yes, I know that Chamonix is a winter station, but Fernanda can't support cold, so, we've been there only in summer. Anyway, plenty of snow everywhere, and the colours of the sunny streets made, even Fernanda, appreciate the visit. Yes, it was warm!

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  • Palais de L'Isle

    Annecy Things to Do

    Annecy is one of the most photographed towns in France - and for good reason. Spend as much time as possible just wandering around the old town or la vieille ville. Do not confuse this with Annecy le Vieux which is on the outskirts of Annecy. You will probably want to start your informal walking tour by seeing the Palais de l'Isle, the centre of...

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  • Eglise Saint Andre

    Grenoble Things to Do

    The Clock tower of the Collégiale Saint André was built in Gothic style in the XIVth century and is 56 meters high. It is surrounded by houses and cannot be seen better than on this photo. The basement is made of bricks while the needle is carved in tuff and was the model for many clock towers in the province

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  • Church of St. Pancras

    Yvoire Things to Do

    One of the landmarks in Yvoire is the church of Saint Pancras. It dates back from eleventh century when it was much smaller but renovated, rebuilt and enlarged many times since then. It has an onion-shaped dome that was built in Savoyard and Piedmontese style that was typical in late 19th century. It was closed late in the evening but we could...

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  • Rhône & Saône Rivers

    Lyon Things to Do

    The cruise takes you through both rivers and the history around. It also helps in gauging you with the distance to places you can by yourself visit. The boat ride comes free with many places and museums you can visit once you purchase a tourist card at the tourist center in Bellacour

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  • Other Activities

    Chamonix-Mont-Blanc Things to Do

    Having never skied i booked a ski lesson through ESF Chamonix the same day that i arrived in Chamonix. Ski lessons in the valley were not cheap however i booked a private instructor for the afternoon for around $200.00. I met the instructor at le Savoy, in the Le Brevent area. The lesson eventually paid off on the last day after a few days...

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  • Chateau d'Annecy

    Annecy Things to Do

    The Castle was four hundred years in the building. The construction started in the 12th century and it was finally completed inthe 16th century. In the 13th century however, it became the residence of the counts of Geneva. It was given over to the town of Annecy in 1953 and after extensive restoration became a museum. The Castle gate and the...

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  • Parc Guy Pape

    Grenoble Things to Do

    You will not be bothered neither by bicycles nor by motorbikes as they are forbidden. No rollers neither : they are not forbidden but the trail is too steep and there are many parts which have stairs, either open or covered. If you have a dog, it must remain on leash. The lowest part of the trail is properly the Parc Guy Pape, which offers a...

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  • Architecture

    Yvoire Things to Do

    Yvoire has an exceptionnal location on the French shoreside of Geneva Lake. During the Middle Age the city was fortified due to its strategical position. In the XVIst century after fierce battle, the castle was burned and the village turn into a more peacefully place by hosting fishermen and farmers. Nowadays you could still admire these past...

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  • National Opera House

    Lyon Things to Do

    One thing I'll say for the Lyon opera house: you can't mistake it for any other building in Lyon, or for any other opera house in the world that I know of. Or do you know of any other building that has a nineteenth century façade topped by a huge black vault shaped like a half barrel? The nineteenth century façade is left over from an older opera...

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  • Lac d'Annecy

    Annecy Things to Do

    Take the 2 hour excursion around Lac Annecy to see some spectacular mountain scenery and some lovely little villages. You can stop along the way and get the next boat. Trips leave from Quai de la Tournette.

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  • Eglise Notre Dame

    Grenoble Things to Do

    Notre-Dame cathedral is complex. Its nave was built in the first half of the XIIIth, the south part in 1470. Renaissance chapels were added at the beginning of the XVIth. Major alterations took place in the XIXth. The clocktower-porch seems to be the oldest part. The two lower levels date from the origin while the third is from the XVIIth. In 1884,...

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  • Fourvière Hill

    Lyon Things to Do

    The high tower - "a pencil" sticks out in the center of the old city in which there is a central office of known the Lyons credit bank. It is better to walk on narrow streets of the old city not hurrying up. It is possible to get acquainted with one more sight of Lyons - covered passes between houses which are named “Traboules Lyonnaises”. These...

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  • Pont des Amoureux

    Annecy Things to Do

    I think this is one of the most picturesque spot of Annecy .....the boats lined in unison, colours blended with the foliage on the fringe of my picture ..creating a soft and warm arch ...a beautiful example of the iron architecture ..simple but blending so nicely with the fairytale landscape...walkaround the lake and you will not miss it ;-)

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  • Roman Wall

    Grenoble Things to Do

    Most of the Roman wall of Gratianopolis still exists but is completely hidden as it is included in houses and forms a wall for the ground level, holding several stories of housing. Several towers still exist but can hardly be seen in the entanglement of old houses in the very city center. When streets have been open, it has disappeared and its...

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  • Museum of Fine Arts

    Lyon Things to Do

    I liked this sign at the entrance to the Fine Arts Museum, listing twenty things you ARE allowed to do in the museum, intermingled with only eight things (crossed out) that you are NOT allowed to do. So over twice as many things are allowed than not allowed. You ARE allowed to: look, discuss, observe, swap opinions, discover, laugh, be amazed,...

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  • Eglise de Notre Dame de Liesse

    Annecy Things to Do

    The Eglise de Notre Dame de Liess in Annecy was built on the site of a former Marist Sancutary which in turn was built in the 13th century. The present church was five years in the making under the direction of one Francois Justin, an engineer employed by the the Sardinian administration. He was renowned to be an expert in neo-classical...

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  • Quartier St Laurent

    Grenoble Things to Do

    This photos shows on the right bank of the Isére, the "quartier Saint Laurent". On the left bank, a square tower is on the back of the "Musée de Grenoble". A little further, the clock-tower of Saint André. In the background the Vercors Massif with the Moucherotte mountain.

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  • Presqu'ile

    Lyon Things to Do

    My limited French suggests "almost island" which i guess is about right, the area between the Rhone and Saone rivers in the centre of town. Many shopping and restaurant opportunities and a good wandering location too, maybe notso on a very wet Sunday afternoon. Anyway the obligatory few photos!

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  • Cathédrale St-Jean

    Lyon Things to Do

    This particular cathedral was one of the most beautiful cathedrals I have seen in my entire life. The stained glass was amazing as were the statues! The rich history of the cathedral definitely made me fall in love with this amazing town. Just down the ally is a small French Cafe that I highly recommend for a great view of the cathedral and a...

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  • Place des Terreaux

    Lyon Things to Do

    Along the north side of the Place des Terreaux is the large set of statues and a lead fountain created by the sculptor Bartholdi. which represent the Saone and Rhone rivers heading to the sea. Along the east side of the square is the Hotel de Ville. The facade is a replacement by Hardouin-Mansart and de Cotte for one destroyed in a fire. There is a...

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  • Traboules

    Lyon Things to Do

    On the Place du Change are two fine buildings. One called the Loge du Change was created by Soufflet between 1747-50 with engaged columns on its upper floor where there also are Ionic capitals. It has been a Protestant church since the beginning of the 19C. Opposite across the square is the 15C Maison Thomassin with a facade partly in 14C style...

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  • Parc de la Téte d'Or

    Lyon Things to Do

    We had time to travel through the zoological quite small one, but at least is of random access and free, and is found inside the park the Trouble d´Or the zoological one groups birds, cute, mammalian. ..Y if the elephants look at a little sad and missing to its African lands, the majority of the animals seems to have adapted well to the climate of...

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  • Musée Civilisation Gallo-Romaine...

    Lyon Things to Do

    Just to the right of the large Amphitheater is the new museum which was built between 1971-75 by the architect Bernard-Henri Zehrfuss. It is in the form of a descending spiral built into the side allowing for a continuous downward set of viewing areas in the hill of successive periods of time up to about 700 AD. It is not intended that you make...

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  • Croix Rousse

    Lyon Things to Do

    Take a hike up the steep streets and walkways lined with distinctly tall, colorful and red-roofed buildings. Or you can cheat and take the metro to the Croix Rousse station. Either way, you?ll be rewarded with a nice view of Fourviere Hill to the south.

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  • Part-Dieu

    Lyon Things to Do

    New Page 1 Go SHOPPING!! - An activity not to be missed by the ladies!!! There is a big shopping mall situated near the train station, Part Dieu, Grand

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  • ski of course ,you are in Savoie ,Alps

    wonderful place to ski with the family, the level a bit higher but it includes all. We like it as it was more a village life and skiing. the boys were thrill of course. I kinda stay by the village ::)

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  • A way to enjoy with the family ski...

    mountains to ski, lakes for fishing and water sports, nature trails to go into the woods and get away from it all.A nice way to break with the family and now share here on VT.If you like outdoors and away from city life , this is perfect for you and the familyAbondance village is situated in the North of the Haute Savoie, 30 km South of Lake...

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  • see the top of the world and more..Mont...

    you can do it with a pack or sack but not carrying luggage around ,you can read in English plenty info herehttp://www.chamonix.net/english/sightseeing/aiguille_du_midi.htmplus all other information on the area.Very nice indeed but I just took the cable car several years back and now my sons are the ones who goes there....hope it helps

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  • The Crocodile Farm

    When I read about this intrieging place I just had to visit. Originally this farm was literally a crocodile farm. They were bred to be killed for their skins. These days it is for conservation & breeding of endangered reptiles, alligators, iguanas, crocodiles giant tortoises etc. There is a high success rate for the breeding program here, they are...

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  • Crocodile fun!

    There are a few interactivities dotted around the farm, Over 60,000 school children alone have educational visits to the farm every year. So it may be best to visit during the weekends & holidays! You can have guided tours or just wander around at your own pace, some beautiful tropical plants are here to be seen too. Open 09.00 - 17:00 later in the...

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  • Belle Ville

    Balazuc sits on the banks of the Ardeche River and has the privilage to be classed as being in the top 100 villages in France ( along with Gerberoy )When we visited In March everything was totally closed up, even the Tabac, but it was a very attractive & typically French Old Worlde with a very middle ages feel to it. There are walking tours on...

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  • procesion for finish war algeria, france

    every year in february for last 48 years is the procesion in the area, conmemoration all death in the war and defence your country.

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  • Consider Visiting Charlieu

    Historically Charlieu is part of the Brionnais district of Burgundy and it is a unity with the adjacent Romanesque churches (11-12C) of the nearby towns. It was itself a border town of Burgundy and received much Cluniac attention. There are remnants of a monastery and a nunnery there. The former has very early 12C tympani that are artistic...

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