Wednesday, November 21, 2018

Big Euro Trip--Night Walk

We arrived at the village of Viviers in the evening.  This set up a night walk, kinda odd, but sometimes how things go on these cruises.  We certainly missed a lot, I could see vague outlines of chateaus and statues on the hillsides, but the dark created a neat effect just the same.  And we had the best tour guide ever!

So here are a few pics, most did not turn out well.  Still, some idea of the village and the ancient construction found therein.




And large murals on a bakery, a reminder of the murals found in Lyon.


Someday I hope to return to this village and see all it has to offer.

Monday, November 19, 2018

Big Euro Trip--Continued

We woke up the next morning in the pretty village of Tournon--Tarascon (depending on which side of the river you are on).  Across the river we could see the oldest vineyards in France, along with the beautiful walking bridge designed an historic architect (whose info I've lost).  There used to be a vehicle bridge here as well, but it was too low for modern boats so had to be removed.



During the walking tour, we saw an old castle overlooking the town.


Our guide pointed out that the eaves on the older buildings in town indicated past wealth.  The more scallop layers on the eaves, the wealthier the former occupants.  One finds this detail in most older villages in France.


After the village, we were bused for a ride on the Tournon steam train for an excursion up one of the beautiful, narrow gorges of the Ardeche region of France.



I got a few pics of the gorge along with an ancient viaduct.






At the top of the gorge was a great old hotel, train stop.


The train itself is maintained to it's historical significance, as illustrated by the engine, and, especially by its toilet!



Ah, the French...  such wonderful detail on most everything in everyday life.

Tuesday, November 13, 2018

I'm Embarrassed

My son's dog, Melon, forced into indentured dog servitude...  all to celebrate (?) the season.  Ugly Xmas sweater indeed...


I'm calling the ASPCA...


Friday, November 9, 2018

Big Euro Triip--Side Trip

One afternoon we rode the tour bus to the medieval village of Perouges.  So much of Europe goes back centuries...  and to see still viable villages from these times is quite exciting.  I didn't take many pictures as the web site for the village does a much better job.  But, of course, I found a few things that amused me.  First, a great old truck.


And a couple structures within the village.



The sun was just right, shinning into the old cathedral through the stain glassed windows.


And an old stairwell hidden in a wall.


It's always a pleasure to visit these old, historical villages in France.  Such a break from our modern, techno world.  More info on Perouges can be found here.

Thursday, November 1, 2018

Big Euro Trip--Vienne Edition


The first stop on our Rhone River cruise was Vienne, just south of Lyon.  Rather than taking the provided tour of the town, I struck out on my own.  I had read that the Gallo-Roman Museum was a must see, and it was even free on the day I visited. 


The museum is on a site with extensive excavation of the Roman occupation of the area (around 1AD).



Inside the museum, I was impressed by the number of restored, nearly complete, mosaics.





Also on display were an excavated oven and relics of the wine trade.  Wine seems to have been a major element of commerce, wealth, and power in the Gallo-Roman days.




From the museum. looking across the river, were some good views of Vienne and a castle overlooking the town.



Common throughout France are war memorials dedicated to the soldiers who fought in WWI, WWII, and the resistance fighters against the Nazi occupation.


I also walked through the town passing the offices of the Socialist Party and eventually found the Roman Ampitheater where the famous Vienne Jazz Festival is held each year.  Then it was back to the boat for lunch and a nap!


Wednesday, October 31, 2018

Big Euro Trip More Musee' Edition

The Musee des Confluences is maybe my favorite building in the world. How did they construct this edifice?  And I can't even begin to describe the interior.  Just fabulous.  Anyway, here are a bunch of pics of the building as we floated by on our river cruise.







Since it's at the confluence of the two rivers forming the central part of Lyon, I thought a pic of the actual point would be fun.


The tracks are from the old rail yards formerly in this part of Lyon.  The grounds surrounding the museum are wonderful and allow views of the city.  Also, the river cruise provided a new perspective.
Here's another shot of the actual confluence, a pic looking back at a bridge crossing the Rhone with Fouviere in the distance, and a final goodbye to the museum and Lyon as we headed down the river to Vienne.






Monday, October 29, 2018

Big Euro Trip Familiy Edition

One of my goals this trip was to meet my son Willis, his wife Nisa, his mom, and Nisa's parents in Lyon.  Since I'd been there a few times, I wanted to show them my favorite places, and Miriam arranged a super dinner at Le Cazanove.

We first ventured to the Basilica Notre Dame de Fouvier, on the bluff overlooking the city of Lyon.  Here's a pic of them in front of a mock up of the city layout.


Wandering through Vieux Lyon, Nisa found a Poo Bear.


Hope wanted to shop in Vieux Lyon for silk, very famous in Lyon.  Paul and I waited patiently...


I was fascinated by the displays...  circular rounds of corrugated cardboard shaped into a torso, simple and very cool.




The next day we toured the incredible Musee des Confluences.  In another post I'll have more pics of this wondrous creation, but first a couple pics of the family with the museum as a backdrop.




The exhibits inside are as fascinating as the building.  Just climbing through the interior is amazing (and tiring! so many stairs!).  From the physical confluence (the Rhone and Saone Rivers)  looking back to the museum...  with Nisa in the foreground...  I like this pic!


Not to forget Miriam, who helped immensely getting everyone around.  Here's the fabulous duo in front of the Celestine Theatre in Lyon.


And Miriam with her friend Barb (resident of Lyon) who hosted us one night for dinner and relaxation.  Thanks, Barb, for your help and kindness.


Willis et Fam were off to Provence.  Miriam and I spent a couple more days in Lyon, then hopped on a boat for a Rhone river cruise.  More on this later.