How 17th Century Lyon History – got me in trouble

Last Friday morning we visited the History of Lyon Museum.

General view of Lyon Airport - courtesy of Lyon Airport

General view of Lyon Airport – courtesy of Lyon Airport

As I worked my way up the museum floors from Roman times to 14th, 15th 16th century, Nuala kept saying we need to leave for the airport. I kept saying there is plenty of time it’s only 20 minutes away. You can guess the rest….

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Visit to Lyon- Very Impressive – We will have to go back

Last week we spent a night and day in Lyon. It’s the third largest city in France. We decided to stop over on our way to the airport for a return trip to Ireland. We got a pleasant surprise! Continue reading

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Mansion in a Cave- Reignac Castle

When we were in the Tourist Office in Sarlat, we were told about a castle built in a rock cliff face, called Maison Forte du Reignac at Tursac. So we decided, as it sounded so unusual and although out of our way, we would visit it on the way back to Chalon. Continue reading

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People we have met at the Marina in Chalon sur Saone

After six weeks in Chalon we have settled in well and have met most of our neighbours French, English and Swiss. There is great community spirit amongst boaters. Continue reading

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A visit to Sarlat

Last week we went to visit Sarlat. The reason for the visit was that a friend owns a holiday home there and he offered us the use of it. In our free and easy Gap Year lifestyle, it was an opportunity for us to try something else, up in the mountains and far away from rivers. So off we went. Continue reading

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Tuesday 11th November was a public holiday in France

We knew it was a bank holiday but did not know why. We were on the boat, when at about 10.30am, I heard the sound of a marching band. I looked up and I could see people with flags marching along the Quay wall in the town. Continue reading

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River Saone in Flood- Water rises two meters!

We left on Monday to visit Sarlat for three days. We were amazed to return to Chalon to find the Saone River in flood and a lot of the ground around the Marina was under water. Continue reading

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Has anyone heard of Prosper Mérimée (1803- 1870) or André Malraux (1901-1976)? Well I for one owe them a deep sense of gratitude.

Nuala and I have had a great time exploring France visiting cities and historic buildings. In various guide books when visiting places , credit for saving a particular building or town has been given to either of these two men. Continue reading

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Chalon sur Saone- The dream took a bit of a battering this week.

We have been delighted with our winter moorings in Chalon but on Friday and Saturday we got a reality check. Continue reading

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Reims – a city of history

Recently on return trip from Ireland we stop at Reims. We always wanted to see it as many boaters had told us it was a beautiful and interesting city. They were right. Continue reading

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