Vienne and Lyons, France

Modern architecture n Lyons

Prior to this trip I’d never heard of Vienne, so I was surprised by how much I liked it. We took a “Toonerville trolley” to a high point above the city that had an expansive view of the city. The Rhone River snaked through a city awash in red-tiled roofs.  Directly below where we stood was the massive, ancient Roman … Read More

Valance, France

Welcome to Valance Sign

Last night we took a short scenic cruise to see Avignon’s famous Pont Bénezet (bridge) lit up. It’s famous due to a song about it.  Most tourists assumed (as I did) that it was destroyed during the second world war.  In fact, it was abandoned long before that. Built in the 12th century, it was washed away several times by … Read More

Marseilles to Arles

Woke up this morning to bright sunshine and a gorgeous view of Marseilles’ old port.  We started the day with the most typical of French breakfasts, a croissant and café au lait. We walked around the area, stopping at the morning fish market. I wish I could have bought some of the fish, it could not have been fresher. From … Read More

Travel Travails

It’s 9:15PM and my friend Sue and I are in Marseilles, France.  We just enjoyed a glass of wine and wonderful Bouillabaisse dinner, in a restaurant with a view of the old port.   But since last evening it has been a crapshoot as to whether we, and our luggage, would make it here. It started with a gate change … Read More