Hostellerie des Commandeurs
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... wines accompanied by local specialties for a truly French degustation.
Tonight you'll delight in an onboard theme dinner paying tribute to France. Following dinner, enjoy some scenic night cruising, to reveal the illuminating charms of Lyon from your view upon the water. After your cruise, you'll remain docked in Lyon overnight.
... Discovery Series event, you'll visit a local workshop to learn the secrets of creating delicately painted silk scarves. It was in Lyon that the Jacquard loom (named for its French inventor), the first automatic loom able to weave complex patterns, was invented.
This evening features the Captain’s Welcome Reception and a port talk, followed by the Captain’s Welcome Dinner.
... We liked Avignon. It’s a very pleasant place to walk around with lots of old buildings but also very modern facilities – lots of cafes, bars and restaurants and lovely (and expensive!) shops. The view of the city from the river is very impressive as 4.3 km of the original city wall still exists, with 39 towers and 13 gateways!! Those popes built a massive fortress! After the Popes left, the Palace was unoccupied for ...
Today we took a fast train from Avignon to Lyon which took a little over an hour.
Lyon is directly north of Avignon.
Arrived mid morning and navigated the local metro with no problem even though it was in French and made our way to the hotel .
Lyon is a lovely city way bigger than Avignon and is known for its wonderful food.
We tramped around and saw a silk screen printing little business which is one of ...
... if necessary, we will try to scrounge some boxes from a bike store or wherever. Failing that, we will buy bike boxes (real ones, not disposable). I think we can actually mail the bikes home for a bit less than the airline charges. But we're a little nervous because there is a lot that needs to go right in the next couple of days.
Compared to some of places we have been riding, the Rhône Valley has been a bit prosaic ...