On our way to the city of Lyon, we stopped in a very sleepy provincial village called St. Maximin la Sainte Baume. For such a small village, this was quite a big name.
The main item to view is the basilica built in the late 13th century. It is said to be the lost burial site of Mary Magdalene and they even claim to have her skull in the basilica. Interesting but strange.
The basilica was beautiful, especially the organ. Definitely interesting.
On the way to Lyon, we saw vineyards, lavender fields, canola fields and small towns. It was a beautiful drive. When we arrived we found a fairly large port on the Rhone River and a very modern city on one side of the river and the older city on the other side. River boat cruises stop here, so there were boats in the dock, but they couldn’t leave as the water level was too high….they couldn’t get under the bridges. Hmmm… interesting.
We took a tour of the old town, where the faces of old residents were on the front of buildings to guide people to their homes. Because so many people could not read, this was the way addresses were identified.
And then there were passage ways running through apartment buildings that lead to the next street. A very interesting city, for sure.
After seeing the sights of the city, we had a wonderful dinner in a local restaurant.
This is Jay’s favorite city, although Paris and Nice are tied for my favorites.
Tomorrow, we keep heading north toward Paris with a stop in the town of Beaune on the way.