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France is a country full of history, enriching with its culture, visiting gorgeous towns, countryside, villages, medieval castles, romantic ambiance, classic architecture and incredible culinary.France is divided into 18 administrative regions(13 metropolitan regions and 5 overseas regions). France is not just only about Paris to visit there’s so much more than to discover all the regions of France included popular tourist destinations, and there are considerable differences in culture, character, and climate from one region to another.We will discover the places of Rhone-Alpes-Region where we can explore the beauty of places.Rhones-Alpes is a historical region of southeast France bordering Switzerland and Italy.It’s Massif Central mountains and dramatic canyons carved by the Ardèche River are popular for hiking and rafting. Things that make us go, to see and experience extra different moments.


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  • LYON

     

Is a cultural and culinary hub with a Renaissance and medieval center. Lyon is a popular area for travelers, with the dynamic university, first-class shopping, antique market, vibrant theater, and music festival. Lyon is a major for banking, as well as for the chemical, pharmaceutical, and biotech industries.The city of Lyon draws its renowned excellence from the surrounding region and the expertise of its chefs. And this is no doubt why Curnonsky, the famous culinary critic, called it the “capital of world gastronomy” in 1935. From the silk worker’s màchons to the contents of the cooking pots of the Méres Lyonnais (the Mothers of Lyon). Lyon has earned itself a reputation of a town in which the art of cooking has become a veritable religion.Known for Parc de la Tete d’Or, Basilique Notre Dame de Fourviere, Vieux Lyon, Les Halles de Lyon Paul Bocuse, Musee des Beaux-Arts, Fresque des Lyonnais, Theatres Romains de Fourviere, Institut and Musee Lumiere, Renaissance Saint Jean, Musee des Confluences, La Part-Dieu Shopping Center, Parc Olympique Lyonnais, Place Bellecour, Opera National de Lyon. If you fancy stopping for a drink while visiting the center, bear in mind that prices in Place des Terreaux and Place Bellecour are a lot higher than in some other areas. Bus and metro systems are efficient and easy to use, tickets can be bought in any tobacco shop, as service machines in metro stations, or on buses themselves. A bus and metro ticket is inexpensive valid for one hour. Lyon has 22 museums access to visit. Is a city of two rivers, the Rhone and the Saone such a great place to walk or cycle.

Rhone and Saone River


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  • Parc de la Tete d’Or (Park of the Golden Head) Is a large urban park with an approximately 117 hectares, it features a lake on which boating takes place during the summer months. In the central part of the park, there is a small zoo, with giraffes, elephants, deer, reptiles, primates and other animals. There are also sports facilities, such as a velodrome, boules court, mini-golf, horse riding.  In 1530, the lands constituting the current park were the property of the Lambert family, and the location was already named.The name “Tete d’Or” was found from a legend saying that the treasure with Christ’s head could be buried in the park. A wonderful place for a picnic to enjoy the place and spend the rest for exploring.
  • Basilique Notre Dame de Fourviere it is a joy to explore a quick funicular (cable car)rode up connected from Vieux station and see the picturesque of Lyon city. Nice Basilique built in 150 years ago it located on the top of Fourviere Hill over the city of Lyon. The church is wonderful architecture and has two floors both beautifully and proportioned decorated, I find interesting when I tour on the first floor there is a side Chapel for Nuestra Senora de la Naval “La Naval De Manille”  architect Angelita D. Mangalindan, UAP, Manille Philippines the history is about the thanksgiving  of the Lord for a naval victory. During the Spanish times, the Protestant Dutch tried to conquer Manila. However, the Spanish fleet manned by Spaniards and Filipinos roundly defeated the far-superior naval battle was raging, the people of Manila continually prayed the rosary.This is the origin of the “La Naval de Manila”.
  • Vieux Lyon is the largest Renaissance district in the 5th arrondissement of Lyon. Admiring the architecture, tasting local food at the famous “Bouchon”. Why are they called “Bouchon” dates back to a time when inns that served wine outside meals advertised that fact by hanging a twist of straw on their outdoor sign. A beautiful cathedral on the Place Saint-Jean, the fantastic rue du Boeuf, the spiral staircases in these secret passageways in rue Juiverie. You’ll learn also about the cycle of silkworm and meet silk weavers. Discover the unique traboules or take a stroll of the Croix-Rousse are corridors through buildings and their courtyards, connecting one street directly with another.
  • Les Halles de Lyon Paul Bocuse is the most expensive and the best Lyonnais restaurant, his truffle soup topped with a domed puff pastry is served exactly the way it was served for the French president in 1975. Lyon reputations are the “art of cooking” Paul Bocuse inspired this heritage by adding his own expertise as a top chef of International influence.
  • Musee des Beaux-Arts During your museum visit, you will find that the pictograms will enable you to locate the appropriate places and artworks described. Housing an amazing permanent collection of paintings and sculptures. In 1941, Matisse underwent a medical operation in Lyon. He recovered fully energized, as “resurrected”, as his upcoming oeuvre will show. Very attached to the city, Henri Matisse donates a series of drawings to the museum, from the series Themes et variations, as well as illustrated books. They join two major works of the artist in the collections, The Portrait de L’ Antiquaire Georges Joseph Demotte (1918) and Jeune Femme en blanc, fond rouge (1946). The strong ties of Matisse with Lyon are presented continuing the exhibition, in the modern collection of the museum.
  • Opera National de Lyon Today’s opera house stands on the site of an 18th century by Chenavard and Pollet. The National opera renovated by Jean Nouvel, was inaugurated in 1993. This is your opportunity to discover the extent of the project of the French architect who renovated the 18th century Opera house, preserving its neo-classical facade by surmounting it with an imposing glass dome.
  • Fresque des Lyonnais This seven-story building depicts local life, can really bring the customs traditions of the Lyonnais inhabitants into full color.
  • Musée des Confluences The museum stands 44m (144 ft) high, 150 m (492 ft)  long and 83 m (272 ft) wide. Total area will be 22,000 m2 (238,000 sq ft)  6,500 of which will be devoted to exhibitions, three times greater than the museum exhibition space. Musée des Confluence is a science center and anthropology museums which opened on 20 December 2014, the deconstructivist architectural design resemble a floating crystal cloud of stainless steel and glass was created by the Austrian Firm Coop Himmelb(l)au.
  • La Part-Dieu Shopping Center it adjoins the Part-Dieu transport hub of trams, buses, and Metro across from the TGV train station. This is central Lyon’s one big modern shopping mall. Externally it’s just enclosing the shopping complex and multi-storey car parks but inside is quite spacious and on several levels with escalators and lifts. The basement forms the main entrance to the Part-Dieu Metro Station.
    La Part-Dieu Shopping Center


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    • GRENOBLE

      One of the things to do, when you visit Grenoble France is to ride the “Les Bulles” or cable car, is the easiest way to see the town from above, and experience enjoyable trip in the plastic bubbles is impressive up to the mountain of the “Bastille ” is the name of a fortress culminating at 476 m (1,561 ft) above sea level, located at the south end of the Chartreuse mountain range and overlooking the city of Grenoble France. Enjoyed a drink and some lunch in the panoramic restaurant, tremendous views of the city and the surrounding Alps particularly beautiful for sunrise and sunset views. I haven’t the strength to describe the admirable view, which can experience and enjoy from the Bastille. If you wish to go by car up the steep and narrow road from La Tronche, or on foot by one of the numerous signposted paths(40 minutes) to reach the Bastille paths start from the Fountain lion on the East side, this path is called Montée Chalemont or a park on the West, near the large arch called Jardin des Dauphins. At the top, you can explore the fortifications, have a meal or light refreshment, follow winding paths further up the mountainside or simply enjoy the view.

  • CHAMBERY

 House of Savoy and was the Savoyard capital from 1295 to 1563. During this time, Savoy encompassed a region that stretched from Bourg-en-Bresse in the west, across the Alps to Turin, north to Geneva, and south to Nice. To insulate Savoy from provocations by France, Duke Emmanuel Philibert moved his capital to Turin in 1563 and consequently, Chambéry declined. Together with the other Alpine towns, Chambéry engages in the Alpine of the year awarded 2006.

  • SAINT-ETIENNE

  •  Named after the Saint Stephen, the city first appears in the historical record in the middle ages as Saint-Etienne de Furan. In the 13th century, it was a small borough around the church dedicated to Saint-Etienne. From the 16th century, Saint-Etienne developed an arms manufacturing industry and became a market town.
  • TAIN- l’HERMITAGE

Driving the Rhone Valley an hour from Lyon and visit “La Cite du Chocolat Valrhona” learning about chocolates, there are several tasting areas along with explanations how chocolate is produced. The showroom offers hundreds of different types varieties of chocolate from black and white chocolates of 60% to 86% cacao which is made in this village. Valrhona being the top French chef’s choice of chocolate this place makes one of the best chocolates in France.

  • HAUTERIVES

Is a commune in the Drome region Auvergne-Region-Alps department in southeastern France. It is home to Ferdinand Cheval’s self-made Ideal Palace. Personally when I visited this place with my friend and thanks to her for bringing me and experience a wonderful time. I was inspired emotionally to discover a fairytale palace beyond imagination with only one man building 33 years of existence from the stone unusual. To know about Ferdinand Cheval he was born in Charmes, a small village near Hauterives in 1836. Born into a rural family, he went off to work with his father. He became an apprentice baker and did casual work before returning to Hauterives, where he became a country postman at the age of 31. How did this dream palace arise out of Postman Cheval’s imagination? During his long rounds, when he did over 40 kms per day on foot, this dream started to take shape. One day in April 1879 returning from his daily round, country postman Ferdinand Cheval then aged 43, stumbled upon a stone that it reminded him of a dream sinking slowly into oblivion. Night after night, he spent thirty-three years modeling he built a palace the like of which was to be found nowhere else in the world. Over a period of 33 years he worked on 10,000 days, spending 93,000 hours on building his Palace, on which he engraved “the work of one man”. he completed his Palace at the age of 76.

“In the evening at nightfall when mankind is at rest, I work on my Palace. My pains will be known to no-one”.

He spends another 8 years building his own equally unusual tomb, in the cemetery of the village of Hauterives. He died aged 88 and buried there.

A challenge to the world 1879-1912. 10,000 days, 93,000 hours, 33 years of trials: “Let anyone more stubborn than me set to work”.

Before he died, he had his biography certified as being “true and correct”, attesting that he built his palace alone.

  • VIENNE

The ruins of Vienne's Medieval castle
The ruins of Vienne’s Medieval castle

Is a small town located 20 miles south of Lyon on the Rhone River. It is a second largest city after Grenoble. There are two important Roman monuments still standing in Vienne. One is the Early Imperial temple of Augustus and Livia, a rectangular peripheral building of the Corinthian order erected by emperor Claudius, which owes its survival like the Maison Carrée at Nimes, to being converted to a church soon after the Theodosian decrees and later rededicated as “Notre Dame de Vie.” Today the town is a regional commercial and industrial center specializing in the food industry, there are many important historical monuments that draw the crowds, but the annual jazz festival in July also makes it a popular destination.

 


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Rhone-Alpes is a major European transit hub, linking northern France and Europe to the Mediterranean area. Millions travel along its motorways in summertime from Paris to holidays at the sea. The E15 Euroroute (Britain to Spain) runs through the region. There are International airports at Lyon, Grenoble, and Saint-Etienne and many other minor airports and airfields. The largest airport in the region is Lyon-Saint Exupery Airport. It is located in the heart of the region so that the main regional cities are within 100 km of the airport.The region is also a transport hub for the rail network with the TGV running through Lyon from Paris and the north to the Mediterranean. A trans-national, high-speed rail link is under construction from Lyon to Turin.


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