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

  • Vieux Lyon

    3.5 out of 5 stars

    Lyon Things to Do

    You are immediately struck by the elegant neo-gothic exterior of St Georges. You can tell its a fairly recent construction, but there has been a church on this location since about 550 AD. After being destroyed several times, it was used as a parish church in the Middle Ages. The Commandery of the Knights of Malta was located directly next door....

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  • Aiguille Du Midi

    5 out of 5 stars

    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

    I get the story in Annecy's lake,the are second largest lake in France after Lac du Bourget. The lake is reputed to be the cleanest in Europe due to strict regulations introduced in the 60's. Is look like free huge pool,but i visited at wrong season,we can't swim in cold water,is to bad.

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  • La Bastille

    4.5 out of 5 stars

    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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  • Basilique Notre Dame de Fourvière

    4.5 out of 5 stars

    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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  • Mer de Glace & Montenvers

    4.5 out of 5 stars

    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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  • Palais de L'Isle

    4 out of 5 stars

    Annecy Things to Do

    Probably the building that attracts most photo shootings in Annecy is the Palais de L’isle. Hard to be missed as it’s located in the center of Thiou canal with numerous café around the canal so you can admire it from there or just stop at the small bridge like we did and take some photos of this former palace/prison stone building. It was built 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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  • 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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  • Fourvière Hill

    4.5 out of 5 stars

    Lyon Things to Do

    The original Lyon was founded by the Romans on Fourviere Hill. At its height it was probably the major Roman city outside the Italian peninsula. Julius Caesar conquered Gaul (present day France) between 58 and 53 BC. In 43 BC the Roman Senate ordered the foundation of a settlement at the confluence of the Rhone and Saone rivers. Initially the...

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  • Hiking

    Chamonix-Mont-Blanc Things to Do

    $S4Yes, 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, and fun!

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  • Gorges du Fier

    4.5 out of 5 stars

    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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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

    Glaciers have always sounded too rough for my liking to be explored. Chamonix turned upside-down my preconceptions and presented me with one of the best presents possible - a visit into the lair of Nature. Specially designed cable car lifts thousands of lazy Nature lovers right to the spot. Stairs,) lead to the ice mass (no wheel chair access,...

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  • Chateau d'Annecy

    3.5 out of 5 stars

    Annecy Things to Do

    Annecy Castle (Château d'Annecy) is the main attraction of Annecy situated on a hill overlooking the city that is actually built around the castle. It was built during a long period (from 12th to 16th century) and was the home of the Counts of Geneva from 13th century. It was damaged by fire several times but was abandoned in 17th century. 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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  • Place Bellecour

    3.5 out of 5 stars

    Lyon Things to Do

    I had seen pictures of this square in preparing for this trip but seeing it in person was quite different. Even filled with people it was just amazingly huge, perhaps even more so because it doesn't have any trees. Located on the Presquile, the peninsula between the Rhone and Saone rivers, this piece of land has gone through many uses over the...

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  • Eglise de Notre Dame de Liesse

    Annecy Things to Do

    This another church in the city center that we passed by and didn’t know anything about it but it was so beautifully illuminated with lights that I loved it (pic 1) which although normally looking at a neo-classical style structure in a medieval town like Annecy don’t really make much sense. Notre Dame de Liese is a french catholic church that...

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  • Halle Sainte-Claire

    4.5 out of 5 stars

    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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  • 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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  • Lac d'Annecy

    5 out of 5 stars

    Annecy Things to Do

    I love the towns that are built near lakes, usually the lake itself is the top attraction as you have lots of photo opportunities but also a nice place to walk and relax. The lake of Annecy (le lac d’Annecy) is no exception, a beautiful large lake with clean waters where you can take boat tours or just enjoy lazy walking along the promenade. The...

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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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  • 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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  • Pont des Amoureux

    Annecy Things to Do

    The name of this little iron bridge leaves no doubt why so many couple but actually most tourists and visitors come here for some scenic photos. Pont des Amours (Lovers' bridge) is a lovely spot facing Annecy lake on one side while on the other is the picturesque can du Vasse with the numerous fishing boats. It was originally built in 1845, a...

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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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  • Place des Terreaux

    4 out of 5 stars

    Lyon Things to Do

    This fountain, sculpted by FE Bertholdi in 1889 is located at the middle of the Place des Terraux in Lyon. It shows France,depicted as the female figure in the chariot, controlling the four great rivers of France. Enjoy it while you can, it is supposed to be removed for restoration next year (2015). The name of the sculptor most likely won't ring...

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  • National Opera House

    Lyon Things to Do

    The Opera House was quite eye catching, it doesnt really look like what one would expect most national theatres or opera houses to look like. The present building, located on Place de la Comedie in Lyon's 1st Arondissement was reworked between 1985 and 1993 by Georges Nouvel, for who it is named after today. ps.sorry about the pictures, there...

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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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  • Traboules

    2 out of 5 stars

    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

    4.5 out of 5 stars

    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...

    4.5 out of 5 stars

    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

    4 out of 5 stars

    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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  • Cathédrale Saint Jean de Baptiste, Lyon

    a wonderful building and part of the life of the lyonnaise. I am here briefly during my travels in France , Lyon has so much to offer.The Catholic site of the Cathedral is here in Frenchhttp://cathedrale-lyon.cef.fr/At least I was impressed by the wonderful rosary window on the south transept recounting the story of Adam and Eve..The bishop here...

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  • walk Place Bellecour, Lyon

    the emblematic square of Lyon, a must to walk it see it, smell it and behold of its many side architecture.A better quote from the tourist office ; the largest square in France with a height of 310 meters by 200, approximately 6 hectares. It is also the largest pedestrian square in Europe. At the center of the place Bellecour is a bronze statue of...

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  • Chateau d'Yvoire

    another wonderful small castle in an Idylic location overlook the Lake Geneva. This is Yvoire one of the most beautiful villages of France.You have a wonderful site that describes in English very well this site, see the beautiful garden of the five senses just before the castlehttp://www.jardin5sens.net/en/A bit of history I like on the castleThe...

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  • Basilique Notre Dame de la...

    A masterpiece and a must while in the city,you cannot leave without it. the link in contact tells you uptodate info on hours,pricings how to get there etc in English.You get there by funiculaire cable car. However for now this is itVisit Discovery ,Permanence of the guides from early April to late November, everyday from 9h to 12h30 and 14h to...

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  • Monastére royale de Brou,...

    This is magnificent so much even passing I dare to stop and took a peek inside. the site explains up to date the hours and admission now at 7,50€ adults. So take a look before coming. But coming you must, its wonderful.The royal monastery of Brou is a masterpiece of Flemish flamboyant Gothic art from the beginning of the 16C. It consists of a set...

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  • Museum Castle of Annecy

    a wonderful fortress in the city now a museum, and great for the whole family while in Annecy. This was a fortress where the Counts of Geneva and the House of Savoie came to stays, then it was a police headquarters or caserne, and now is a museum of the borders of the Lake and the Mountains of Savoie. you great views from it overlooking the city...

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  • Lake or Lac d'Annecy

    This is the center of activity the lake at Annecy. It is call the green Venice and for good reason, canals in the city and big lake ,lots of water but green and nice.Some of the towns around the lake with great views of it,and easy use of its services.The North Shore is called the Annecy Agglomeration: common and Annecy Annecy-le-Vieux. The East...

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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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