The TGV is fast! Lyon to Paris in less than 2 hours!

Excitement and sadness filled the air as our cruise along the Rhone had ended. We would be heading to Paris on the TGV - which translates to very very fast. Our coaches arrived to take us to the Lyon Part-Dieu railway station. Wow such a busy train station.  We had been warned that pick pockets …

Lyon France – just a few more pics

    It was fascinating watching the young children play in the fountains.  We could have watched them for hours. The pools were crowded.  What else does one do on a hot day.  Wander around doing touristy things or going for a swim.  We did the tourist things. Im so glad we did.  You can …

Traboules Of Lyon

  In the 5th district or Vieux Lyon most of the streets run parallel to the river making it difficult to get from one street to the next without making huge detours.  So courtyards and passageway were designed making lots of shortcuts. This also helped the workers who would move their produce through these covered walkways. …

Les Halles de Lyon – Paul Bocuse

Our next stop would be the famous Les Halles de Lyon - the food market. In 1859 Lyon  opened its doors to its first food market in a large metallic structure located at Place Cordeliers in the centre of the city known as the “Presqu’ile”.  100 years later they built a new market to represent their …

The Painted Walls of Lyon – La Fresque Des Lyonnais

After breakfast we boarded our coach to be taken on a tour of Lyon.  Our first point of call was this amazing building. A mural of over 30 of Lyons famous figures past and present. The Roman emperor Claudius, who was born here when Lyon was the fortress of Roman Gaul; the pioneer filmmaking Lumière brothers; silk …

The lights of Lyon on the Saone and the Rhine

  After dinner at Abbaye of Collonges we made our way across the road to our ship to be taken into Lyon.  We were to arrive in Lyon around midnight so quite a few of us with drinks in hand stood on the front deck to watch the lights as we meandered to out stop. …

Abbaye of Collonges – Paul Bocuse

  When I heard the news of the passing of Paul Bocuse  back in January, I was deeply saddened.  We had an amazing night of food, fun, laughter and a very good show at the Abbaye of Collonges in August last year. Paul Bocuse was an amazing French Chef who will always be famous for …

Frogs and Snails and puppy dog tails

Today we would be taking a tour into the Dombes region to visit the picturesque town of Chatillon sur Chalaronne where we will have the opportunity to taste the regional specialty of frog's legs and visit a snail farm. Now I have had snails on many occasions.  I love them especially done in a garlicky …

Vienne France

    We spent an afternoon sailing along the Rhone as we headed to Vienne.  We could eat as much as we liked of the "Calorie Free" Ice Cream after lunch.     Then Muriel, Tania, Peter and I did a tour of the Wheelhouse with Captain Tony and Pierre about river navigation. Captain Tony …

Villers-Bretonneux Military Cemetery in northern France

        On the 25th April  the Australian and New Zealand forces landed on Gallipoli.  This was a bloody campaign with both sides,the Anzacs and the Ottoman Turkish Defenders with heavy casualties.On the 25 April 1915 , 16,000 Anzacs  landed on narrow beach in Turkey.  By the time the sun sets roughly  2,500 …