July 10th, 2011

drinking bird

Trip to France

I was back home in France recently, about a week in Paris and then a week cruising down the Rhone in a small ship. I am not going to post any pictures of Paris, given everybody has seen some, and to tell the truth, I didn't take any. I have been there many times and have a collection.

We went to Burgundy to start. The ship was waiting in Macon, actually on the Saone river, a tributary of the Rhone. It's a pleasant small city, with a lovely market which I took advantage of. Luscious fruit!

We went to visit Beaune, one of the important wine centers. It is a lovely old town, where we visited the "Hospices". This was a hospital for the poor first opened in 1452. It has a particularly nice roof.

We also went to visit a very attractive village with the unusual name of  Oingt [the g and t are silent].

As seen from a distance

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A little street

Typical Burgundy landscape: rolling hills and vineyards

We sailed down the Rhone the next day and arrived in the evening at Lyon. I took a few pictures at dusk.

A curious modern building on the river bank

Taken from the ship's deck, this is an unusual bridge, with no suspension on the other side.

Lyon is the third largest city in France. It has been an important commercial city for centuries and used to be an important silk weaving center. It is at the meeting of the Saone and the Rhone. Part of the city is on the peninsula between the rivers, and it is the oldest, with many Renaissance buildings. I will do another post with some pictures of it. Au revoir!