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Jun 17, 2013 - Avignon and Lyon

Let me please begin by saying this had been the best day yet! We packed our bags, ate breakfast, and loaded the bus. During breskfast I went out to the bus before everyone else to check under, above, on, and between every seat on the bus. No purse. After about an hour of driving, the hotel from Nice called Eric's cell phone. The purse was found!!! And guess where it was. Right where we told them to look. How French of them. Well, the good news is they have the purse and passport. The bad news we won't have it until Paris. But Paris is good...

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RHS/ZHS France 2013

Jun 4, 2013 - Lyon Croix-Rousse

I was determined that my expedition today would be more fruitful, as we set out for the Croix-Rousse area of the city. It is on a very steep hill, I even felt like I was sliding out of my seat when we rode the subway to the top. I am certainly glad we started at the top and walked down, instead of the other way around. Besides seeing the city from another viewpoint, my main reason to go to Croix-Rousse was to discover some traboules. These are passageways that led from one street to another. The streets run parallel to the river, so it was...

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Jun 3, 2013 - Lyon-Unexpected turn of events

We rose early (earlier..) and walked back to the Boulangerie du Palais. This time it was well stocked with the recommended praline tart and praline brioche. They were not at all what I was expecting. Praline here in Lyon is a sweet, pink confection that is used in baking. The brioche was good, haven’t tried the piece of tart yet, although I suspect it will be similar. We had big plans today-visit a car park (Lyon has some that are architecturally designed and apparently very beautiful), visit Les Halles de Lyon (a gourmet food place) and...

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Jun 2, 2013 - Lyon

Today we were invited to lunch with the Lefebvres, Michael’s host family when he was in Lyon last summer. We had a wonderful visit. Véronique served a traditional Lyonnaise lunch- salad with egg, croutons and crispy lardons, Lyonnaise sausage and potatoes (much better than my attempt last night), a cheese course, and strawberry dessert. And, of course, a sparkling red wine aperitif and still red wine with lunch. Hervé served Glen a new scotch after lunch. They are lovely people, and certainly worthy of being Michael’s second family (in...

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Jun 1, 2013 - Museum day in Lyon

We seem to be slowing our pace a little, as we near the end of our vacation. Today we had only 2 things on our agenda. We visited the Musée des Beaux Arts de Lyon, which is one of the largest museums in Europe. It is located on a beautiful square (Place des Terreaux) not far from our apartment in Presqu'île. It is Michael’s favorite square in Lyon. Presqu'île is very easy to navigate, as it is a narrow peninsula between the Rhône and the Saône rivers. There are many squares to walk through as you walk south. The largest is Place Bellecour,...

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May 31, 2013 - Fourvière Hill-Lyon

After a big sleep in, Glen and I walked to the market on Quai St Antoine, just a block from the apartment. This market is open every morning except Monday. You can buy everything you need-fruit, vegetables, bread, meat, cheese, flowers and more. It was hard to control our purchasing-we are only here for 6 days. We all enjoyed a big breakfast and then set off to explore Fourvière Hill and the nearby Roman ruins, forgoing a very steep walk for a quick ride up on the funicular. Unfortunately it was an overcast and rainy day, so the views from...

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May 30, 2013 - Back to France

We had a very early morning (0545h) in order to get to the airport to get our flight to Lyon. We bid goodbye to Paula and Graham, who have been our wonderful travelling companions for the last month. They are off to explore Portugal and we look forward to getting to Lyon and meeting Michael. Our apartment here on Rue Merciere is in a delightful 18th century building. Our hosts, Michele and Jean are equally delightful and showed us all around the apartment and gave us many suggestions for enjoying the city. After lunch and a leisurely browse...

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May 18, 2013 - Tour de Lyon (winter)

Hello from wintery rainy Lyon. We have descended into winter here. The weather change was so surprising it led Krista to ask me whether I thought it thundered in France. Turns out this country is indeed not immune to thunder and shockingly it has in fact thundered just a few times. We left Paris in a blaze of excitement as we got to do our first fast train trip on the TGV to Lyon. I was so excited I arrived at the station 90 minutes early and also dumped an entire bottle of coke over my new wife's very fancy new French coat. She took it...

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Europe honeymoon

Nov 13, 2012 - Nice to Lyon

A boring day riding on the bus today. They need to come op with some kind of stop for this day of the trip other than dinner on the motorway. We did see lots of olive treed and vineyards. Plus in Province we saw lavender fields. Unfortunately they were not in bloom. The highlight of today's ride was Murray asking for milk for his tea. You see we are in France and the French only speak French. If you make them speak English they become arrogant. So Murray went up to ask for "milk". With his Australian accent it sounded like he was saying...

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Nov 13, 2012 - Lyon is cold!

So much for Verne's information about it being warmer here, in the 60s. It's in the 30s, although it is not raining the sun is not shiny through the clouds. I had to add another layer and I was still cold. This morning we did a bus tour of Lyon, a 2000 year old city and UNESCO World Heritage Site. We went up the hill to the Basilica Fourviere, built in late 18th century. There were beautiful mosaics on the walls. Reconstruction of the roof and ceiling are taking place as leaking has caused rust damage. Also went to the crypt. The church is...

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Out in Africa

Sep 28, 2012 - Lovely Lyon

We drove across France yesterday. The GPS gave us a choice of toll roads (freeways) or not. We chose "not" and thus ended up driving through a whole lot of small towns. In general this was a pretty cool experience with a new visual treat every few minutes. But it also showed us some more realistic parts of France. In the heartland the towns don't look so good. The main streets are deteriorating and many of the stores are empty. There aren't many new cars and the streets just kind of seem empty. As we got closer to Lyon we ended up in the...

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Sep 8, 2012 - Palais de Popes and Lyon

Ali and I woke up pretty early due to the garbage trucks outside the windows in the alley, and because of the fever which I seemed to be developing. I couldn't get the air conditioner to turn off, so eventually I pulled the plug out of the wall. We were able to leave our bags in the hotel when we woke up, and head out to the Palais des Papes. It was only a few blokes away as I mentioned in the previous journal. We walked back up to the square where we had dinner the night before and got some water to try quench our thirst. We took some...

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