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My Favorite Photos of France – Part 4

Goat cheese factory in Chissey-lès-Mâcon, in the Burgundy region.
Goat cheese factory in Chissey-lès-Mâcon, in the Burgundy region.

In my previous 3 posts, I have shown 48 photos from the first 7 days on the French Waterways vacation that we went on last July. This post will show 23 more photos that were taken over the next 2 ½ days. Because of the large number of photos in this post, I will keep my comments to a minimum.

The opening photo was taken at a goat cheese factory in Chissey-lès-Mâcon, in the Burgundy wine region in eastern France. This was the first day in nearly a week that we were blessed with a clear, blue sky, and everyone’s spirits seemed to lift because of that.

Goat cheese factory in Chissey-lès-Mâcon, in the Burgundy region.
Goat cheese factory in Chissey-lès-Mâcon, in the Burgundy region.

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The goats were very friendly, they loved being petted, and goat cheese was delicious!

Goat cheese factory in Chissey-lès-Mâcon, in the Burgundy region.
Goat cheese factory in Chissey-lès-Mâcon, in the Burgundy region.

After we left the goat farm, we stopped for a short while in the very small village of Chapaize.

Chapaize, in the Burgundy region.
Chapaize, in the Burgundy region.

The blue sky was very welcome to us!

Chapaize, in the Burgundy region.
Chapaize, in the Burgundy region.

After Chapaize, we headed to Cluny.

Cluny, in the Burgundy region.
Cluny, in the Burgundy region.

We spent several hours in Cluny, and we started off by going on a fascinating tour of the remains of the Cluny Abbey.

Cluny Abbey was built in 3 sections, from the 10th to the early 12th centuries
Cluny Abbey was built in 3 sections, from the 10th to the early 12th centuries

The Cluny Abbey was built in the Romanesque style of architecture, with three churches built in succession from the 10th (910 AD) to the early 12th centuries.

Cluny Abbey was built in 3 sections, from the 10th to the early 12th centuries
Cluny Abbey was built in 3 sections, from the 10th to the early 12th centuries

In 1790 during the French Revolution the abbey was sacked and mostly destroyed, with only a small part of the Abbey surviving till today.

We then had about an hour to stroll around the small, but very busy town of Cluny. Barb bought a very nice casual dress, and I entertained myself with all sorts of photographic opportunities.

Found these lovely tomatoes while walking along Rue Lamartine in Cluny
Found these lovely tomatoes while walking along Rue Lamartine in Cluny

After a 30 minute bus ride through the beautiful Burgundy region, we stopped for lunch at a wonderful event facility in Chérizet.

Lunch at Chérizet, in the Burgundy region
Lunch at Chérizet, in the Burgundy region

That evening after dinner, several of our travel group went up to the top deck of the boat while we were docked in Mâcon. This was the 2nd time that I used my travel tripod on this trip.

Sunset view from the top of the boat in Mâcon
Sunset view from the top of the boat in Mâcon

The next morning, I poked my head out of the open window to our cabin on the boat, and took this photo while we cruised north up the Saône River.

Early morning cruising, north of Mâcon in the Burgundy region.
Early morning cruising, north of Mâcon in the Burgundy region.

We docked our boat shortly before noon in the town of Chalon-sur-Saône.

Cruising on the Saone, into the town of Chalon-sur-Saône
Cruising on the Saone, into the town of Chalon-sur-Saône

That afternoon we visited a wine cellar in Beaune.

Visiting a wine cellar in Beaune.
Visiting a wine cellar in Beaune.

In Beaune, we toured the Hôtel-Dieu de Beaune, which was a hospital for the poor and was founded in 1443.

Tour of the Hotel-Dieu, which was a hospital for the poor in Beaune.
Tour of the Hotel-Dieu, which was a hospital for the poor in Beaune.

This building is one of the finest examples of French fifteenth-century architecture, and is very well known for its polychrome roof.

Tour of the Hotel-Dieu, which was a hospital for the poor in Beaune.
Tour of the Hotel-Dieu, which was a hospital for the poor in Beaune.

Within this fabulous building, I took this photo of one of the many stained glass windows.

Tour of the Hotel-Dieu, which was a hospital for the poor in Beaune.
Tour of the Hotel-Dieu, which was a hospital for the poor in Beaune.

Here is a photo that I took from our moving bus, while traveling through the beautiful Burgundy wine region.

Bus ride through the Burgundy wine region.
Bus ride through the Burgundy wine region.

The next morning, we said goodbye to our boat, rode on a bus to Dijon, where we had only a little over one hour to walk around the historic part of this old city before we got back onto our bus and head toward the train station.

Walking tour in historic part of downtown Dijon.
Walking tour in historic part of downtown Dijon.

Dijon has a very long history, which includes the Romans. The part of town that we walked through was built in the late middle ages and into the 18th century.

Walking tour in historic part of downtown Dijon.
Walking tour in historic part of downtown Dijon.

We eventually came into a large open area with fountains.

Walking tour in historic part of downtown Dijon.
Walking tour in historic part of downtown Dijon.

We were also directly across the street from the Dijon City Hall.

Walking tour in historic part of downtown Dijon.
Walking tour in historic part of downtown Dijon.

It took us nearly 30 minutes to get to the high speed train station; the Train à Grande Vitesse (TGV), which would take us to Paris. At times we were moving at close to 200 mph. Somewhere in the middle of farmland, another train appeared outside of the very thick window, and I was very lucky to get this photo of it while both trains were moving at a very high rate of speed.

Riding the Train à Grande Vitesse (TGV) from Dijon to Paris.
Riding the Train à Grande Vitesse (TGV) from Dijon to Paris.

It took us less than 90 minutes to get from Dijon to Paris a distance of 196 miles!

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My Favorite Photos of France – Part 3

Les Halles de Lyon Paul Bocuse food market in Lyon, France.
Les Halles de Lyon Paul Bocuse food market in Lyon, France.

In my previous 2 posts, I have shown 34 photos from the first 5 days on the French Waterways vacation that we went on last July. This post will show 14 more photos that were taken over the next 2 days.

The opening photo was taken at Les Halles de Lyon Paul Bocuse food market in Lyon.

Basilica of Notre-Dame de Fourvière in Lyon
Basilica of Notre-Dame de Fourvière in Lyon

The previous photo and the next photo were both taken hand-held inside of the Basilica of Notre-Dame de Fourvière in Lyon.

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Basilica of Notre-Dame de Fourvière in Lyon
Basilica of Notre-Dame de Fourvière in Lyon

Lyon was a beautiful metropolitan area with more than 2 million people. We spent the night with our boat docked on the Rhône River in Lyon. The next day, we were supposed to go out on our excursions and return to the boat just before supper, we would then begin cruising up The Saône River also flows into Lyon.

Recent heavy rains upstream changed our plans, though. The Saône was rising fast, and our boat would very soon not have enough clearance to make it under some of the bridges over that river in Lyon. Instead, when we left the boat to head out onto our day-long excursions, our boat would immediately leave and try to make it past those low bridges on the Saône, and we would meet our boat somewhere north of Lyon.

In the morning, we went on a tour of the Hameau Duboeuf Winery. Yes, we drank wine before lunch…

Tour of the Hameau Duboeuf Winery
Tour of the Hameau Duboeuf Winery

In the afternoon, we visited the Medieval town of Pérouges.

Tour of the Medieval town of Pérouges.
Tour of the Medieval town of Pérouges.

I don’t think the hanging ears of corn are anything more than mere decorations.

Tour of the Medieval town of Pérouges.
Tour of the Medieval town of Pérouges.

This ivy didn’t seem to crawl up the wall, it seemed to be rooted in the wall.

Friendly server of gallette in Pérouges.
Friendly server of gallette in Pérouges.

That’s not a pizza, it’s a gallette. I *think* that lady understood my request to take her picture. (I asked her in English, and she nodded and posed…)

View from the bus on the ride to meet our boat on The Saone River.
View from the bus on the ride to meet our boat on The Saone River.

After leaving the Medieval town of Pérouges, we jumped onto our busses and headed west to see if we could find our boat on the Saône River.

View from the bus on the ride to meet our boat on The Saone River.
View from the bus on the ride to meet our boat on The Saone River.

These 3 photos were taken out of a bus window. The bus was moving a highway speeds. I jacked up the ISO, opened the aperture all the way, used a very fast shutter, and took LOTS of photos of the beautiful French farmland. I must have taken 90 – 100 photos during that hour long bus ride. I kept about 10 of them.

View from the bus on the ride to meet our boat on The Saone River.
View from the bus on the ride to meet our boat on The Saone River.

Just as our bus arrived in Trévoux, our fabulous boat came cruising up the Saône! We got off of the bus, and had a few minutes to spend while the crew docked our boat.

Bridge over the The Saone River.
Bridge over the The Saone River.

I wandered over to watch the crew dock our boat and prepare the gangplank.

Boarding our boat on The Saone River.
Boarding our boat on The Saone River.

After dinner, a little after 9:00 PM, I went up to the top of the boat to have my first look at the Saône River.

Cruising north of Lyon on The Saone River at twilight.
Cruising north of Lyon on The Saone River at twilight.

The water was smooth, the boat is nearly silent, and the sky was starting to look like something other than the milky white overcast sky that was all that we had seen during the past 5 days now…

Cruising north of Lyon on The Saone River at twilight.
Cruising north of Lyon on The Saone River at twilight.

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My Favorite Photos of France – Part 2

Walking tour of the Medieval town of Viviers.
Walking tour of the Medieval town of Viviers.

In my previous post, I shared 19 photos of our first 3 days on the French Waterways vacation that we went on last July. This post will show 15 more photos that were taken over the next 2 days.

The opening photo and the next two were all taken after we hiked up from the Rhone River to the small walled city of Viviers.

Jana and Barb at scenic overlook in Viviers.
Jana and Barb at scenic overlook in Viviers.

This small town was built during the Medieval Ages. There were only one or two streets that a car could travel short distances on.

Rooftop of the buildings in the Medieval town of Viviers
Rooftop of the buildings in the Medieval town of Viviers

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Chandellier inside Medieval church in Viviers.
Chandellier inside Medieval church in Viviers.

The chandelier above was in the Viviers Cathedral, which construction was started on in the 11th century.

Nuclear power plants on the Rhone River, north of Viviers.
Nuclear power plants on the Rhone River, north of Viviers.

That afternoon, it drizzled and rained on us as we cruised further north up the Rhone River. About noon the next day we arrived in the city of Vienne.

From our docked river boat in Vienne.
From our docked river boat in Vienne.

While we were waiting to waiting to disembark on our walking tour of Vienne, I went up to the top of our boat. While I was there, this French gentleman cruised past us in his houseboat.

A houseboat passes by our docked river boat in Vienne.
A houseboat passes by our docked river boat in Vienne.

Now here is something that you just don’t see in the very often:

A Medieval house on the left, next to some Roman ruins in Vienne.
A Medieval house on the left, next to some Roman ruins in Vienne.

The house with the criss-cross timbers was built in the Medieval Ages, and they built it right next to the arched wall that the Romans had built!

We hiked up to the Chapelle Notre Dame de la Salette in the drizzle and light rain. It was worth the effort, as we were rewarded with this spectacular view of the Rhone River winding into town from the north.

Scenic view from above Vienne, France.
Scenic view from above Vienne, France.

While standing in the same place, but looking straight down, we had a great view of what remains of an ancient Roman amphitheater.

Roman amphitheatre in Vienne.
Roman amphitheatre in Vienne.

Since we had hiked up the hill to the Chapelle Notre Dame de la Salette, we went inside to get out of the rain.

Chapelle Notre Dame de la Salette, a medieval church above Vienne, France.
Chapelle Notre Dame de la Salette, a medieval church above Vienne, France.

If that looks somewhat odd, it is because it is a composite of two different exposures: one for the inside of the church, and one for the stained glass windows.

Jana and Barb on the walking tour of Vienne, France.
Jana and Barb on the walking tour of Vienne, France.

It was a good thing that my camera and lens are pretty much weatherproof, as I didn’t have an umbrella like Jana and Barb did.

When we got back down to the city, we got to see a still-standing Roman temple; the early Imperial temple of Augustus.

Roman temple in Vienne.
Roman temple in Vienne.

We also went inside of the Cathedral of St. Maurice, which was built over a long period of time; between 1052 and 1533.

Medieval church in Vienne.
Medieval church in Vienne.

I should mention that I only took one camera to France; an Olympus OM-D E-M1. Although I did take 5 lenses with me, I only used two of them, and ALL of the photos that I will share in this 5 Part series were taken with one single lens; the Olympus 12-40mm f/2.8 PRO.

In addition, every photo that I have shared up to this point was taken while hand-holding the camera. This next photo is different, as I used my travel tripod and the self-timer on the camera.

Group photo of our travel mates on this trip
Group photo of our travel mates on this trip

This photo of our entire group was taken at 9:20 PM, and since it was getting dark pretty fast, I bumped up the ISO to 400, but even with the aperture wide-open at f/2.8, the shutter was open 1/20th of a second. After all of the wine that we had consumed at dinner, it’s amazing that nobody wobbled into a blurred state….

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