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Europe » France » Rhône-Alpes » Lyon August 11th 2020

Bonjour à tous, Tout à une fin et ce soir c'est notre dernier rendez vous, pour cette année sur ce blog. Cette année aura été le voyage le plus court 37 jours, par rapport à 2015, 84 jours, mais aux USA on est dans une autre dimension. Un mot sur la journée d'aujourd'hui. 8h30, Je quitte Verbania (lac Majeure) 13h30 maison. La route enfin 450km d'autoroute impeccable, surtout ne mettez pas le CB trop loin, c'est en permanence qu'il faut la sortir, au total une nuit dans un bel hôtel, mais pas en Roumanie. J'avais fait le choix de passer par le tunnel du Mont Blanc 11,6km, à lui tout seul c'est une nuit de luxe en Roumanie. Je ne l'avais jamais emprunté, mais je ne regrette pas. La montée par le Val d'Aoste, c'est super. ... read more
le glacier des Bossons
le Mont Blanc

Europe » France » Rhône-Alpes » Vonnas August 9th 2020

ce matin on se lève de bon pied.... et pour cause !!! Une grande table nous attend... Nous y sommes déjà venus il y a de nombreuses années... et le souvenir reste" intact" pour nous. C'est le seul grand chef qui ne nous déçoit pas quand on y retourne... Nous y voici donc pour une troisième fois... la première datant de 1986 (?) Si vous avez déjà entendu parler de Vonnas, vous aurez aussi entendu parler de Georges Blanc... Malheureusement aujourd'hui il n'était pas là... cela arrive et il faut faire sans... Nous aurons peut-être l'occasion de le rencontrer demain matin car nous avons laissé au restaurant un de ses livres de recettes que je possède depuis pas mal d'années et que nous n'avions jamais pensé à faire dédicasser... Il est resté là et nous pouvons ... read more
température de ce dimanche... 49°...
Nous nous sommes donné rendez-vous ici ce dimanche midi...

Europe » France » Rhône-Alpes » Bron June 28th 2020

Bonjour à tous Nous allons nous retrouver cette année pour cette nouvelle escapade 2020, mais coronavirus oblige certaines contraintes risquent d’être au programme. C’est avec un peu plus d’un mois de retard, que j’ai prévu le départ, et malgré ce report, j'espère pouvoir faire le parcours envisagé. C'est en fait la continuité de mon itinéraire de 2018, qui était l'Europe du nord, cette année c'est l'Europe Centrale. Mon programme initial est : Suisse, Autriche, liechtenstein, Tchéquie, Slovaquie, Hongrie, Roumanie, Moldavie, Bulgarie, Serbie, Croatie, Slovénie, pour une distance totale (sur le papier) de 5600km. À ce jour, toutes les frontières sont ouvertes. Si les conditions devaient évoluées, je n'hésiterais pas à m'adapter et prendre le chemin le plus court pour Lyon. Comme pour tout le monde, le coronavirus a bien perturbé le quotidien et to... read more
Lyon Hotel Dieu
hiver 20 peche
photo PF

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

November 15, Swiss railroad to Zurich Zipping through the lovely Swiss countryside, wondering who in this rather wealthy country is poor enough that they have to live right beside the railroad tracks. I am, I assure you, immensely relieved to be here at all. Beginning with yesterday: so much rain we decided to call a cab to take us to the museum. Sorry, sir, we have no cabs. Good luck, aura revoir. So we walked through a light but steady onslaught. Okay, not too bad. Except for the glaringly empty and available cabs which kept going by on the wrong side of the street. Having endured, er, enjoyed the delights of the Yves St. Laurent exhibit yesterday, we came out to find that it was pouring rain. We actually knew that from the exhibit because you ... read more

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

November 14, 2019 Lyon, France Anyone care for life’s little ironies? Two days I’m too sick to leave the apartment. Tuesday and Wednesday: bright sunrises, clear skies, brilliant sunshine. Today,? I finally managed to sleep, I’m feelin’ a million times better, I feel NORMAL!. Ready to see more of the town on our last full day! Of course, it’s rainin’ an’ blowin’ and cold. (Not Edmonton last weekend cold, mind you.) Yeah. Shrug. What ya gonna do? (I have read a LOT of books in the last couple of days – thank God that for the lovely Internet and Edmonton Public Library’s digital collection! Susan has read a lot, cleaned the hell out of this place (again) and only really gone out for groceries a few times.) We need a break from all that non-stop literary ... read more

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

A cold has knocked me down for two days. Had to cancel lunch with Franck. Susan has had to take herself out. Just bits from before: - meeting Marley, a gorgeous steel blue Great Dane so big and so friendly that when he leaned against my legs and wagged his tail, the action almost knocked me off my feet. - the two incredibly friendly and helpful clerks at our local grocery store, who always greet us with big smiles. - finding more good restaurants, including a one Michelin star where lunch was worth every penny. - being given "our" table at L'Eau Salee. - sunshine on the Saone through our front windows. That's all I got for now. Feeling better but no energy. Adding some pics for you. The menu is from La Mere Brazier, THE ... read more
A block away, a sunny little park
La Mere Brazier menu

Europe » France » Rhône-Alpes » Lyon November 11th 2019

Remembrance Day, 2019 Lyon, France Sorry about the absence of entry yesterday, those of you who were waiting anxiously for the latest gems to trip off my keyboard. I have been fighting a cold/cough for, geez, most of this vacation. Most days it has gone pretty well, but yesterday was, hm, shall we say, what’s the right word? Crap. Yes, that’s it, crap. Today is much better and, since I have had COFFEE!!!, the world is a significantly cheerier place. So, while Susan is going though her preparations for the day, I have time to write to you. Come to think of it, this is the first time I have been able to work to my customary schedule, blogging in the morning, on this entire trip! (Some mornings, I have had a double espresso and then ... read more
Inside the Long Traboule
La Tour Rose in Vieux Lyon
Celebrating the Croix Rousse in the sun

Europe » France » Rhône-Alpes » Lyon November 9th 2019

NOW I know “bouchon” is French for BLOCKAGE!!! Sheesh. Technically, it can mean either “cork” or “traffic jam”. You get the idea. It is ALSO the name of a traditional Lyonnais restaurant, where huge amounts of pork products are served. Along with huge amounts of pretty much everything else they can possibly cram into a customer, it turns out! Our volunteer guide this morning, the charming Anne, recommended a really good one only steps from our apartment and we thought we would give it a shot as we wandered homeward after the tour since we would walk right by it anyway. The place was empty except for a family party of four. The waiter seated us efficiently at the very far back, at a table for two on a small landing right next to the kitchen. ... read more

Europe » France » Rhône-Alpes » Lyon October 31st 2019

Lyon, Halloween night Sorry there are no pics today but Wifi was down for a while. Now it's too late and I'm too tired to fight with this machine. Tomorrow, I promise to come back and insert them. Happy Halloween! (Has one ever gone by without someone making a “nice mask” crack? On such tiny coincidences are perfectly ridiculous themes built. Keep reading – you’ll see!) Here in FIRST class on the TGV Lyria headed for Basel, Geneva, Mulhouse and Paris. Well, in eight or 10 minutes we’ll be headed there. We are such experienced travellers now! No more do we sit in first class seats waiting for someone to come along and tell us to move, laughing lightheartedly as we helplessly waive vouchers showing that we have actually paid for the space. Not that that ... read more

Europe » France » Rhône-Alpes » Annecy October 7th 2019

As we left Beaune on Friday, October 4, there was a misty rain falling. Our GPS guided us to the motorway and most of our trip was on the beautiful French superhighways. They are beautiful because they are all toll roads and not cheap! Our toll from Beaune to Annecy (250km) was 19.50 E or around 28.00 Cdn. Our trip took us south toward Lyon and then east towards Geneva, Switzerland. The further east we went, the higher the mountains became. We travelled through three long tunnels. The rain intensified and even though the traffic was not heavy, there were a lot of transports on the road which made for a somewhat stressful drive at times. We were relieved when we left the motorway and headed towards Annecy on a two lane highway. The secondary roads, ... read more
One of the 3 tunnels
First Vistas of Annecy
Beautiful Place

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