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Location: Genève

Day 1 - 18 Nov 2021

Hôtel Kipling Manotel

Genève, Hôtel Kipling Manotel

Content: Drove to Geneva from Zurich and checked into our hotel for the night, the Hotel Kipling. It’s a cute small boutique hotel.

Location: Geneva

Day 1 - 18 Nov 2021

Restaurant Hôtel-de-Ville

Geneva, Restaurant Hôtel-de-Ville

Content: Walked around Geneva old town. Lots of pretty buildings. Geneva is a very walkable city with clean wide sidewalks, lots of pedestrian crossings, and attentive drivers.

Restaurant Hôtel-de-Ville

Geneva, Restaurant Hôtel-de-Ville

Content: The city hall has some cannons outside. Probably from the last conflict Geneva was involved in. 😄

Pont du Mont-Blanc

Geneva, Pont du Mont-Blanc

Content: It is a really nice walk from the old town across one of the bridges and then along the lake. Views of the Alps in the distance.

Four Seasons Hotel des Bergues Geneva

Geneva, Four Seasons Hotel des Bergues Geneva
Geneva, Four Seasons Hotel des Bergues Geneva

Content: We had dinner at the Four Seasons. It’s a beautiful hotel and of course the food and wine were both excellent.

Ladurée

Geneva, Ladurée

Content: Walked back to our hotel enjoying the evening lights of the city.

Location: Ampuis

Day 2 - 19 Nov 2021

Ampuis

Ampuis, Ampuis

Content: In the morning we drove to Vienne, France, in the heart of the Côte du Rhône wine region. We arranged a private tasting by email at Domaine G&J Bott. It was interesting to learn both about wines of the region and the winemaker family.

Le Caveau Du Château

Ampuis, Le Caveau Du Château
Ampuis, Le Caveau Du Château
Ampuis, Le Caveau Du Château
Ampuis, Le Caveau Du Château

Content: We did a second tour and tasting at Le Caveau Du Château winery. They have a very nice wine museum also. Visiting the museum is free.

Location: Vienne

Day 2 - 19 Nov 2021

Temple d'Auguste et de Livie

Vienne, Temple d'Auguste et de Livie
Vienne, Temple d'Auguste et de Livie

Content: In the evening we had dinner in Vienne and walked around the city center. The Temple of Augustus and Livia is a highlight of any visit to Vienne.

Location: Lyon

Day 2 - 19 Nov 2021

ibis Lyon Gerland Musée des Confluences

Lyon, ibis Lyon Gerland Musée des Confluences

Content: This was our hotel in Lyon for two nights. It is located where the Rhône and Saône rivers flow together. It has parking and very reasonable prices.

Location: Lyon

Day 3 - 20 Nov 2021

Marché de Monplaisir

Lyon, Marché de Monplaisir

Content: In the morning we first checked out a market. Visiting (and shopping at) food markets is a must do when in France.

Institut Lumière

Lyon, Institut Lumière
Lyon, Institut Lumière

Content: This museum which is housed in the building the Lumière brothers grew up in and ran their business from is a wonderful collection of the early beaus of cinematography.

Institut Lumière

Lyon, Institut Lumière
Lyon, Institut Lumière

Content: Housed in a beautiful Art Deco villa, the museum was a highlight of our visit to Lyon.

Rue Saint-Jean

Lyon, Rue Saint-Jean
Lyon, Rue Saint-Jean
Lyon, Rue Saint-Jean

Content: Next stop was Vieux Lyon. The center of town is busy, picturesque, and is full of great restaurants and bakeries. It is a UNESCO World Heritage Site.

Vieux Lyon

Lyon, Vieux Lyon

Content: We found parking by the Sâone river, and wondered the streets of Old Lyon.

Parc des Hauteurs

Lyon, Parc des Hauteurs
Lyon, Parc des Hauteurs

Content: From old town you can take the stairs and path up through this garden to the hilltop basilica that was our next stop.

Basilica of Notre-Dame de Fourvière (Basilique Notre-Dame de Fourvière)

Lyon, Basilica of Notre-Dame de Fourvière (Basilique Notre-Dame de Fourvière)
Lyon, Basilica of Notre-Dame de Fourvière (Basilique Notre-Dame de Fourvière)

Content: This basilica is breathtakingly beautiful! It is not as old as some other French churches, as it was built in the 19th century. Competed in 1884, It is only slightly older than the Sacre Coeur Basilica in Paris. Both the architecture and the art inside is gorgeous. A must see!

Théâtre Antique de Fourvière (Théâtre antique de Fourvière)

Lyon, Théâtre Antique de Fourvière (Théâtre antique de Fourvière)

Content: A short walk from the basilica is a the Ancient Theatre of Fourvière, the site of not one but two Roman amphitheaters built side by side around 15 BC.

Vieux Lyon

Lyon, Vieux Lyon

Content: From the ruins we walked the winding streets back to the center of Vieux Lyon.

L'illustre

Lyon, L'illustre

Content: After a very late lunch at a cute food mall, (Excellent food! Sadly I can’t remember the name. It was recommended to us.) we wandered back to the car and drive over to the neighborhood on hill on the other side of the Sâone.

Place de l'Esplanade

Lyon, Place de l'Esplanade

Content: The late November sun was setting over Lyon and we found a park with a lookout over the city.

Mur des Canuts

Lyon, Mur des Canuts

Content: Next up we went to see two murals that Lyon is famous for. They are both so life like, on a photo they look as if they were real.

Fresque des Lyonnais

Lyon, Fresque des Lyonnais
Lyon, Fresque des Lyonnais

Content: This second one was near the Rhône and we took a short a walk along the river.

Tour Métallique de Fourvière

Lyon, Tour Métallique de Fourvière

Content: As a last stop we drove back up the hill we climbed in the early afternoon, parked near the Basilica and went to check out this tower which looks like a small version of the Eiffel Tower.

Location: Lyon

Day 4 - 21 Nov 2021

Musée des Confluences

Lyon, Musée des Confluences

Content: The next morning after breakfast we walked across the river to the Musee des Confluences. The building is a superb example of modern architecture. Inside is a natural history museum which we did not visit, as our interest mostly lay with the exterior of this stunning building.

Brasserie des Confluences

Lyon, Brasserie des Confluences
Lyon, Brasserie des Confluences

Content: We walked around the building and admired it from every angle.

ONLY LYON

Lyon, ONLY LYON

Content: At the confluence of the two rivers is this large sign that’s great for photo ops, even on a foggy November day.

Location: Pérouges

Day 4 - 21 Nov 2021

Cité médiévale de Pérouges

Pérouges, Cité médiévale de Pérouges
Pérouges, Cité médiévale de Pérouges
Pérouges, Cité médiévale de Pérouges
Pérouges, Cité médiévale de Pérouges
Pérouges, Cité médiévale de Pérouges
Pérouges, Cité médiévale de Pérouges
Pérouges, Cité médiévale de Pérouges

Content: We said goodby to Lyon and headed back towards Switzerland. On our way we stopped at this charming medieval town, called Pérouges.

Hostellerie Du Vieux Perouges

Pérouges, Hostellerie Du Vieux Perouges
Pérouges, Hostellerie Du Vieux Perouges

Content: For lunch we had some galette de Pèrpuges - a local specialty. This small town has been preserved so well that numerous films used it as their setting.