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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
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
Lyon
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 » Bron June 10th 2019

Bonjour à tous C'est de nouveau l'heure, de nous retrouver pour ce périple, et ce pour la sixième année consécutive. J'espère que vous allez continué à me suivre, et à prendre du plaisir à partager mes aventures et mésaventures au travers de ce blog. Pour infos, à ce jour, le compteur affiche 22984 visites. Simplement incroyable. Le projet faire le tour de la péninsule Ibérique. J'ai longtemps hésité entre l'Espagne-Portugal, et la suite de mon périple 2018 l'Europe du nord. Dans les grandes lignes République Tchèque, Hongrie, Roumanie, Serbie, Albanie etc etc. 2020 est presque prêt. Cette année ce voyage sera sans doute, pour beaucoup d'entre vous, moins exotique. Mais peut être comme pour moi l'occasion de pèlerinage, de faire remonter en mémoire de vieux souvenirs de jeunesse. Le tracé prévu, Andorre, Saragosse, province de Castellon, ... read more
les Voiles de St Tropez
my car
St Tropez le port (vide)

Europe » France » Rhône-Alpes » Chamonix June 8th 2019

A beautiful last day in Chamonix and we were lucky in that our last day here was the opening day for the Brevent lift system summer season. It is a two-stage system that on a clear day provides great views of the whole region and of Mont Blanc - and today was a crystal clear day. Saw lots of hang gliders and watched them taking off. Got some video action that we can share if anyone is interested (the blog doesn't support video). This adventure is just about wrapped up. Take a bus to Geneva tomorrow morning. Our first time, albeit brief, in Switzerland and then fly to Amsterdam in the afternoon. Monday morning head back to SFO. Take off at noon and land at 2:00 pm - only a 2 hr flight if you forget ... read more
Heading up mountain on the first lift
Steep climb
Le Brevent from below

Europe » France » Rhône-Alpes » Chamonix June 7th 2019

Got the "money shots" today with pictures. Will let the pictures do most if the talking. We did: - Train ride to Montenvers and Mer de Glace (which at one time was the largest glacier in Europe) - Telepherique ride to du Plan de l'Aiguille - that is only mid-point to what should have been our final destination but 60 mph winds would not all us to go to the top - maybe tomorrow. ... read more
Train!
Mer de Glace
Mer de Glace

Europe » France » Rhône-Alpes » Chamonix June 6th 2019

Mother nature took over today and the mountains were hidden in the clouds. There was more mist than rain but it highlighted a different kind of mountain beauty. It also changed some of the outdoor plans. Took a train ride to a town at the Swiss boarder. Didn't go into Switzerland for a number of reasons - but it was a delightful journey that included seeing lots of meat villages, homes, and a mile-long tunnel! In the afternoon took a relatively short hike out of Chamonix to a waterfall nestled in the mist - but left the camera in the flat - sorry! ... read more
Views from our flat - compare with the cloudless pictures

Europe » France » Rhône-Alpes » Chamonix June 5th 2019

Blog took a day off yesterday and so did we. Decided to just rest a bit - and just enjoy the views. The blogs will also be shorter as the internet speed reminds one of a dial-up modem. The pictures will need to be worth "1000" words. Today' hike was upstream along the Arve river that flow down this valley. Once you leave Chamonix you pass through a couple of small towns but most of the time you're in the forest, listening to the river, with beautiful views on both sides. It reminds one of Yosemite - but the mountains are much closer and bigger! OK at this point it took 30 min to upload one photo at low resolution. May try again later if not we'll share Chamomix pics when we get home next week☹️ ... read more
A view
Another view
The Mont Blanc Express

Europe » France » Rhône-Alpes » Chamonix June 3rd 2019

The original objective for this travel adventure was to hike in the French Alps - we checked that off the bucket list today! We hiked from Chamonix to a little "cafe" located in the forest on the hillside overlooking the valley. The hike was a continuous, but never too steep, climb of about 1000ft over 2.5 miles. Going up got our attention but arriving at "la Floria" was the reward. One should note that the only way to get to this cafe is to take a 5 mi, up-hill hike - a rather interesting business model, but one that apparently works - must have something to do with the view. We had crepes and coffee overlooking the valley in the truly remarkable setting. This one we'll never forget. After lunch we took the valley train to ... read more
On our way to the trail
On the trail
Looking down on Chamonix

Europe » France » Rhône-Alpes » Chamonix June 2nd 2019

Another traveling day - and finally we are in the French Alps. Comfortable, quiet bus trip took about 1 1/2 hrs with great views the entire way. Only one stop in a small town. Lush green countryside - very neat and clean with very modern roadways and a number of tolls. The mountains began to surround us as we left Annecy and continued to grow on each side of the valley. Shortly before we reached Chamonix we passed the entrance to the Mont Blanc tunnel (it is about 7 miles long) that takes you under the mountain into Italy! If we continue up the valley passed Chamonix we'd be in Switzerland! We're on the very edge of France. Chamonix looks like it will be a very nice place to spend the week. On first glance you ... read more
On the road to Chamonix
On the road to Chamonix
On the road to Chamonix




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