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Europe » France » Rhône-Alpes » Lyon August 16th 2019

We had a beautiful day today in Lyon. Kasie and Sriracha were with Clara and her family at an amusement park outside of Lyon. We planned to take to train to a vineyard outside of Lyon. The concierge at the hotel had given us instructions on the trains we needed to take. Unfortunately it was bad information and we were not at the correct train station. We decided to abandon the idea of the winery and walk back to our area of town as we had not seen this area of town. We had nice walk along the river. We had lunch at a restaurant on rue de Boef. After lunch we went through some of the shopping areas and then over to the art museum. We walked through the art museum. We saw lots of ... read more
Pedro at the Art Museum in Lyon
Doggy at Art Museum in Lyon

Europe » France » Rhône-Alpes » Lyon August 15th 2019

Today we met with Clara and her family. In the morning we walked through old town until noon. We met Clara and her family at Moustache for lunch. We had a great time talking about when Sriracha and Clara were together in both th U.S. and in France in 2016. Clara and Charlise both go to school and have English in school so they both speak it very well. Virginie and Jimmy both speak some English as well so we didn't really have any issues with conversation. After lunch we took the Funiculaire Fourvaire, an uphill tram that is part of the Meto, to see the Basilique Notre Dame de Fourviere. The basilica was very beautiful. The overlook of the city was amazing. We walked down past the Roman Theatres and then through the gardens back ... read more
Pete, Sriracha, Lori, Kasie, Virginie,Charlise,Jimmy and Clara
Theatres Romains in Lyon

Europe » France » Rhône-Alpes » Lyon August 14th 2019

Travel today from Paris to Lyon. Took the subway from near our hotel with one transfer to the train station Gare de Lyon in Paris to Lyon. We got our tickets and waited for our train. It was on time and we had no issues. Once in Lyon it took us a bit to find the Metro station to take the subway to our hotel. There was construction going on and we had difficulty finding the stairs down, but after we figured it out we had no issues on the subway. Our hotel is only a few minutes walk from the subway station Bellecour. Sriracha was again taking pictures all day, but those will have to be added later. We had dinner at a nice restaurant with the creme brulee to finish the meal.... read more
Creme brulee in Lyon
Paris Metro Map
Lyon  Metro Map

Europe » France » Rhône-Alpes » Lyon April 13th 2019

Friday 12th April We had an early start from the hotel to be at Gare Avignon TGV for our train to Lyon. Once again a very fast and smooth trip, but difficult for the 22 of us to board and alight. We delayed the train a few minutes in doing so, and before arrival at Lyon the train screen had a notice of an expected 5 minutes delay at Lyon - they knew we were getting off there. At the station we joined our coach which took us to visit Pérouges - l'un des plus beaux villages de France. It was delightful to walk around and explore, and to have lunch at a small restaurant in its delightful setting. It was sunny but quite cool. After lunch we drove some distance to visit the beaujolais winery ... read more
Lyon - Passerelle St Vincent and the Left bank of the Saône
Basilica de Notre Dame de Fourvière
Pérouges - l'un des plus beaux villages de France

Europe » France » Rhône-Alpes » Lyon October 6th 2018

Lyon is one of those cities that some rate as the best in France. It did deserve more time than we allocated this time through. That wasn't really a slight on Lyon but more an indication that our key priority was to get some laundry done, then have a look around and move on to Marseilles before we had to fly home. Our being able to enter into the discussion of whether it is the best in France will have to wait until we have had a look at the rest. The three km walk carrying and towing luggage to our accommodation in Lyon wasn't the ideal introduction to the city. It wasn't that far but, by the end, we were starting to wonder whether we should have given the idea of getting a bit of ... read more
And who else?
Stories of Lyon's notables in a fresco

Europe » France » Rhône-Alpes » Lyon September 7th 2018

Day 6 This was an unplanned day as we had not signed up for any of the special tours. We discovered that hundreds of years ago Lyon was the center of the silk trade. Catherine found a silk scarf shop yesterday when we were on tour but knew that there is a silk weaving shop in Vieux Lyon that has been there for hundreds of years. These merchants came on board yesterday and gave a silk dying demonstration but we missed it because we were in Perouges. We decided that we would hoof it back to Vieux Lyon and see if we could find the shop among the many twisting and turning streets in the old town. We were able to retrace our steps we took on the tour yesterday to the center of town, then ... read more
Silk pieces
Cord making equipment

Europe » France » Rhône-Alpes » Lyon September 6th 2018

Day 5 We wake on the riverboat and get ready for our first breakfast on board. One of my many guilty pleasures is there's bacon here. It's at the buffet station and you can have as much as you wish and this is where I'll eat that smoky, crispy bacon for seven straight days in a row. We've decided that Adrian will be our waiter for the entire trip. The boat has open seating for every meal so we need to be sure we are not late and go directly to one of Adrian's stations. After breakfast we go downstairs to prepare for the first of many walking tours we will take on this river Cruise. We checked the weather in Lyon today and there's a 40% chance it will rain and the sky has dark ... read more
Lyon - view from Fourviere
Lyon - Fourviere Village
Lyon - Market

Europe » France » Rhône-Alpes » Lyon August 21st 2018

Beautiful Lyon ... But I also got a chance to visit Valrhona's chocolate city (Cite du Chocolat), or museum in Tain-l'Hermitage! This the best organized chocolate museum I've been to (and I've been to Brussels, etc.) with lots of information, interactive tools (smell, look, learn, etc.), but also lots of chocolate to taste, yum! Highly recommend it, if you love chocolate, and the restaurant and the store are great as well.... read more
River walk
Nice buildings

Europe » France » Rhône-Alpes » Lyon August 7th 2018

Well I don't know what to say except.............France continues to pull at our heartstrings and beckons us to return to her charming towns and cities..... On September 1st we begin yet another adventure. On this journey we are traveling with our friends Catherine and Terry and will begin this trip in Paris France, which I am sure comes as no surprise to anyone. We are so excited to show our friends the Paris we know and love and have already planned walking tours of Montmartre, Luxembourg Park and a visit to Musee D'Orsay to name a few. Reservations have also have been made at Chez Andre and La Grande Colbert for two of our three dinners. We will then take a train to Lyon, the gastronomic capital of France where we will explore the wonders of ... read more

Europe » France » Rhône-Alpes » Lyon June 22nd 2018

We decided to take advantage of the masses of local wine regions and after some discussions with Lyon wine shop owners, we settled on Chambery, and then over to the Côte-Rôtie in the afternoon. We also needed to get some more Lunch food, so researched a market in Chambery. After finishing at the market and getting to the desired local winery, we find that the French Lunchtime has stalled our plans again and so the executives (Rose and Clarke) decide to go to Côte-Rôtie and book in at Domaine Geroge Vernay for a tasting. This was exactly what we expected and tried three lovely whites and three awesome reds. It was now 3PM and all of the lunch restaurants have finished and so we found the boulangerie, picked up a couple of baguettes and headed for ... read more

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