A JOURNEY ALONG THE RHONE
An important route connecting northern and southern Europe.. the
Here You Will Find Peaceful Lands...
Bresse with its blue cheese and delicious chickens, la Dombes
with its ponds favorable for hunting, the medieval city of Perouges
is a fine place to stop for good food! Tiny villages, houses with
facades of golden stone, vineyards, Beaujolais.. Beaujolais
Villages, Brouilly, Morgon, Julienas.. come along on the 15th
November to celebrate its arrival!
Lyon, A Major Stopping Place !
Refined.. There at the confluence of the Saone and the Rhone,
28 bridges span the rivers. Things go out of fashion, but Lyon,
a unique town, thrives, marrying the old with the new. Capital
city of the Gauls, it already enchanted Caesar..The Roman amphitheatre
of Fourviere where the funiculaire takes you down to the largest
Renaissance development in France.. The vast place Bellecour with
its three "villages"; Saint-George and Saint Paul bordering
the Saone, and Saint Jean around the cathedral. Its culture...
27 museums, that of the Fine Arts with its Veronese, Tintoret,
Rubens. The Museum of Textiles with its great collection of 2000
rolls of old textiles and works of the silk merchants. The chateau
Lumiere reminds us that it was here that the cinema was invented.
Lyon is an essential stopping place for lovers of good food. Go
into the "bouchons" typical local bistros, where you
will be able to savour the sausages of Lyon, Jesus, tripe, streaky
From Vienne to the Gorges of the Ardeche
Vienne has numerous examples of its ancient grandeur; the temple,
the theatre, the Corinthian sanctuary; and, to remind us of its
medieval glory - the wealth of museums. Set off in the direction
of Valence. Here you will find the Cotes du Rhone fortresses lining
the river banks. Stop at Tain l'Hermitage for the wine and good
food. Valence with its roman tiles signals your arrival in the
south.. The Ardeche offers you its gorges, some of the finest
in France. Canoeing here is a must! .The pont d'Arc, a magnificent
arch which nature has thrown from one bank to the other.
The road follows the curves of the river. The view points and
the Haute Corniche offer panoramic views to take your breath away.
You must visit the fantastic abysses where the walls seem to
be draped in color or crystal.. stalactite and stalagmites have
formed some strange sculptures.
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