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Jul 10, 2017 - Day 16: In Lyon

Day 16: In Lyon. Weather: 17-28C but 90% humidity. There was a BIG thunderstorm early evening and it pelted down flooding streets and causing the trams to stop for a short time. Sunny and humid afterwards. Steps: 13 800 (7.5km). After breakfast I decided to use my bus pass to visit the Confluence Shopping Centre which is located on reclaimed land making a peninsula to where the two rivers meet. I walked up to Place Bellecour (FYI – the third largest square in France but the largest pedestrian only square in Europe, as others allow cars but...

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Jul 9, 2017 - Day 15: In Lyon

Day 15: In Lyon all day! Weather: Pleasant in the morning with cloud and a lovely breeze but warmed up in the afternoon with the sun out – maximum reached was 30C. Steps: 21 200 (12.2km) - that's a lot of steps!!! It was a warm night so the a/c was working well, thankfully!! I ate my breakfast here, as it is convenient and the range was good and their ‘cold’ milk was ‘cold’ as it was kept in a refrigerated environment!!!! After my daily chat with Jane (NO BABY NEWS!!) I walked across to the park, Place Carnot, opposite. There is a regular...

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Jul 8, 2017 - Day 14: In Lyon.

Day 14: In Lyon from Annecy. Weather: Very HOT all day – maximum reached was 37C. It was 30C at 10:00pm. Steps: 10 100 (5.6km). Last night was not as hot as the night before, so having the window open was enough. I had checked my route last night and decided I would take an A tollway as it cut the travel time by over 1 hour and I thought it was worth it as I had to had the car returned to Avis by 11:30am. After breakfast, I settled the account, collected my parking discount ticket and head to the car park, luggage in tow. It was just after...

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Apr 25, 2017 - Rainy Day in Lyon

With a 100% prediction of rain for today we preplanned to be inside free of raindrops! Yesterday when visiting the TI (tourist information) we had inquired about a cooking class. We immediately checked one out which is close to the apartment and each paid our 70 euro for the privilege of cooking with a local chef and lunch with wine! After our leisurely late breakfast of cheese omelette, chocolate croissant, cappuccinos, and tea we headed to 'In Cuisine' for our 11 am cooking class! Our chef, Isabel, immediately introduced herself telling...

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Burgundy and Berlin

Apr 24, 2017 - Hop on-Hop off in Lyon

We began the day by searching for a nice place for petit dejeuner ( breakfast) near our apartment. We found a lovely place serving pastries, yogurt and cafe which hit the spot. With perfect weather in store, we proceeded to the tourist office to inquire about sites we were interested in and we bought the tickets for the 'hop on- hop off' bus. While we waited for the bus, we checked out one of the places recommended for taking a cooking class nearby. As we walked in, the aromas were heavenly, which furthered our desire to take a class . We...

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Burgundy and Berlin

Apr 23, 2017 - On Our Way

We started before the sun came up to LAX to catch our 8:30 flight to Philadelphia which landed at the boarding time for our next flight. Fortunately, as we were trekking to our gate, Kay flagged down one of those carts and the driver was nice enough to pick us up and get us to our gate. Which was a good thing as the gate was much farther than we expected. And, of course, they were not boarding yet. At the Paris airport we managed to find the train station and get tickets to Lyon on the TGV train--2 hours and only 2 stops. Very nice. From...

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Burgundy and Berlin

Jul 8, 2016 - Lyon

We are loving our tours in France just as much as we loved our time in Italy. Both countries have so much history here. Little bits of information comes back into the memory from things you reluctantly learnt in History at school. Our tour today was something a little bit different from other tours. It was to the Instutut Paul Bocuse - school of Gourmet Cuisine in Lyon. Paul Bocuse is now approx. 80-90 years old so he was not our instructor. Our head chef was a man called Jean Paul Naquin - he is 53 years old and has worked at many, many...

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Jun 1, 2016 - Lyon

Lyon sits on the banks of the Rhone and Saone rivers. It is known for its cuisine and gastronomy and historical and architectural landmarks and is a UNESCO World Heritage Site. SOFITEL LYON BELLCOUR The Sofitel Lyon is situated perfectly on the banks of the Rhone and is within walking distance of everything you would want to see and all the places you would want to visit. Photo 1 Jacques Bourgugnon, General Manager, and his management team and staff helped make our stay so very enjoyable. Photo 2 We enjoyed our daily gastronomic buffet...

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France 2016

May 18, 2016 - Lyon (still)

HeyHo! Don's turn to spin a yarn or two..... Had a really good dinner last night, we are more or less getting used to the European dinner hour as now we usually do not dine 'til 7:30 or 8:00. Last night we finished at 9:30, however part of it was delayed because just prior to dinner Donna and I tried making a phone call to Kelowna to enquire about purchasing the bikes we used at Myra Canyon last summer. It turns out that we are both in the market for a new bike and we really liked the ones at the Myra Canyon rental. The rental agency only...

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May 17, 2016 - Lyon

Back in Lyon we were just in time for today's protest, that apparently was occurring all over France in opposition of the proposed new labour laws. Our tour guide said she was embarrassed by the display. Police were definitely in tight control of the hundreds of people we passed, with roads and bridges closed off at strategic locations. We were delayed by about 30 minutes due to traffic build-up and closures. Not too bad. Unfortunately we have swapped berth places with the other vessel we were tied up to and our view is their stern lounge....

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May 16, 2016 - Lyon

We had a fantastic dinner on Saturday night at Le Bouedogue restaurant not far from the Notre Dame. It was recommended to us by D&L who have stayed at their Victoria neighbour’s E&A’s apartment in Paris and went there with them. Inquired with the owner (we think) Jean Pierre about E&A and he definitely knew them. Sunday we left the lovely VRBO apartment at about 11:00 am after saying goodbye to Msr. Darbonne, the very debonnaire and gracious owner of the apartment. Took a taxi to our hotel Scribe which is technically the start of our Scenic...

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Apr 7, 2016 - St Maximin la Sainte Baume and Lyon

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...

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