All posts tagged: Lyon

The fast, and expensive, way from Lyon to Nice.

Nice, France Saturday nights are obviously huge in the old town of Lyon as we got bugger all sleep due to the never ending traffic of humans, cars, and bikes down our tiny lane way ALL night! The fact that there is a 24 hour sex shop in the lane probably didn’t help the situation, but please folks….KEEP IT DOWN, ALREADY! Not refreshed, we headed off on the 470 km trip to Nice at 7am. Unlike tight **** toll free travel from Beaune, we hit the toll roads early, and often. The alternative was an additional 120km, and 2 hours plus travel time. A no brainer, really. A few tips for the novice toll user: 1/. Know which queue is for credit card, and which for cash 2/. Make sure credit cards work 3/. Turn on English translation to see if credit cards work 4/. Pray no one is behind you when credit cards DON’T work! Guess you know what happened…..dumb-**** Aussies holding up the toll booth waiting for attendant to take our cash! A …

Up the funiculaire!

Lyon, France Welcome to Lyon, gastronomical capital of France and the second largest city. We are staying in the old city between the rivers Saone and Rhone, a most beautiful part of town, filled with history and colour. After brekky, a wander around looking for French trench coats for Rachael, again without success. To soothe our disappointments, we headed for the funiculaire to take us up the hill to Notre-Dame de Fourviere, which sits proudly on top of the hill overlooking Lyon. There’s a Gilbert and Sullivan song in the Pirates of Penzance which has the word funiculaire mentioned many times, and now I know what one is, and does. A small tram that saves you a long walk up hills, pretty much sums it up! The Notre-Dame is richly decorated with mosaics, stained glass windows and marble. The views from the esplanade is amazing. It’s lucky the hunchback had a good sense of direction or he could have done the regional tour of France. There are Notre-Dame’s everywhere! A lovely walk back down the …

Beaune to Lyon – The Roundabouts Tourist Drive

Lyon, France Our last day in Beaune started with a run around the old town a few times as there were no parks nearby. Even on our last day we were still discovering parts of Beaune on our run that we hadn’t seen yet and it was also sales day for many shops who had their wares out the front on sale for a bargain price of 30 – 50%off, so only €100!!! Before heading to Lyon we grabbed some brekky, our usual coffee creme and some provisions for our drive, which we estimated would take about 3-4 hours. Hugh got us out of Beaune, which in the end took all of 2 minutes, then it was my turn to drive. Whilst I managed to steer clear of the gutter I did take a bit longer to get used to the gears as they were so close together, I kept going from 2nd to 4th or leaving it in 3rd when I thought I was in 1st, otherwise all went well. We stopped for lunch …