Vienne – France

That was my second weekend in Lyon, I heard from my co-worker that there was a city of Roman history near Lyon(Thank you, Mathis). That was Vienne- a city of south-eastern France around 30km from Lyon, situated on Rhone river. It was a former Roman colony and once a center of textile industry.

I left early in the morning. It was 20 minutes by train from Lyon. Soon after I got down at Vienne I headed to the tourist office and got to know about the places to visit and also got a route map. The whole city can be covered by foot. Indeed, there is a specific heritage route with markings on the road which covers all the major places to visit.

1.  Saint-André-le-Bas church

Following the heritage route, I first stopped by a medieval church of Vienne. It is a church built in the 9th century with very fine stone carvings and generally employed for exhibitions in recent days.

2. Saint-Maurice Cathedral

Next was a cathedral of Saint-Maurice built in the 13th century which is a combination of Roman and gothic styles. The interior of the cathedral is breathtaking.

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Saint-Maurice Cathedral

3. Roman Temple

The Roman temple known as the Temple of Augustus and Livia was built in 1BC.

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Roman Temple

4. Museum and site of Saint-Romain-en-Gal Vienne

I then visited the Museum and historical site of Saint-Romain-en-gal situated on the bank of river Rhone. The museum depicts the history of ancient Vienne, economy, crafts, mosaics and daily life in the Roman house. The archeological site depicts the Gallo-Romain civilization.

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5. Belvedere of Pipet and Théâtre Antique

This is the place one shouldn’t miss in Vienne. On climbing to the top of Mount Pipet where there are a chapel and statue of the Virgin mary and there’s a fantastic view of the city, Rhône Valley, and the Antique roman theater.

This Roman theater hosts the Vienne Jazz festival every year in the month of July.

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Panoramic view of City with theater

6. Museum of Fine Art and Archaeology

Museum of Fine Art and Archaeology contains collections of objects of Gallo-Roman, French pottery, and paintings dating from the 14th to the 20th centuries.

Travelling tips

  1. It costs around 5-10 Euro from Lyon to Vienne in the regional train (TER).
  2. In Vienne,  Follow the standard heritage route. Just follow logo incorporated on the road which covers all the heritage sites.
  3. Buy a single ticket which covers all three museums. It’s economical.

Bonjour Lyon

I am back again, but this time signing in from new place! I recently moved to Lyon, a city of East France for one of the most important beginnings of my life.

Lyon is famous for its food and the UNESCO word heritage architectural sites. I spent my first weekend in Lyon and visited few places and of course tried to click some beautiful pictures. Regarding my experience, yes it’s totally different experience for me because I was in more calm and countryside sites before coming here. There are lots of places to visit, spend time and do some photography. I think I won’t be bored living here. In my free time, I was able to go to very few places and there is always a lot more to explore! Here are few pictures.

Lyon Cathedral

A medieval cathedral with an astronomical clock of the 14th century and museum.

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Lyon Cathedral

Basilica of Notre-Dame de Fourvière

Basilica of the 19th century on top of a small mountain – Fourviere. It has four towers around and an art museum.

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View of Basilica of Notre-Dame de Fourvière
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Basilica of Notre-Dame de Fourvière
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Interiors of basilica
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City view from  Fourviere

Theatre Gallo-Romain

It’s an ancient Theatre of Fourviere built around 15 BC. It is also located on the hill of Fourviere. A calm place to sit and enjoy the city view.

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Theatre Gallo-Romain
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Theatre Gallo-Romain

Gallo-Roman Museum

Museum of Gallo-Roman civilization.


Parc de la Tête d’Or

It is one of the largest urban parks in France spreading around 117 acres. It is integrated with a lake and during summer boating is the main attraction in the park.

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Boating at Parc de la Tête d’Or

Rivers of Lyon

Rhône and Saône are the two rivers of Lyon.

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Saône River
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Pont Wilson on Rhone River

Lyon at Night

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Clicked at banks of river Rhône
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Pont Lafayette on the Rhône
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View of the Basilica and tower from Bellecour

Keep waiting. Still, more to come from the beautiful city – Lyon.

Mother Nature

Looking at nature is always a visual treat. It’s a refreshing experience to be in a green surrounding and breathing fresh air.

Here are few clicks of the nature captured during my recent visit to my home country India. The pictures were taken in and around Chikmagalur (Western Ghats), Kundapura and Murdeshwara (Karnataka, India).

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Bhadra Wildlife Sanctuary
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A view from Murdeshwara Temple

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Coffee seeds
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Maravanthe Beach
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View from Highest Peak of Karnataka – Mullayanagiri
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Murdeshwara

 

 

Lake of Reflections!!!

Every day I come to see you.

You look gorgeous. You look different every day.

You capture the beauty of nature and reflect it through your transparent skin.

You are always cool, both literally and by character.

 

I always like to walk around you.

You make me feel relieved when I am stressed.

You aren’t the same daily.

You are calm some days, and you will be rushing some days.

 

You have seen me thinking about so many things.

I express many things looking at you.

You wear different dresses every day which shows your richness.

Your beauty is filled in my eyes.

 

You have seen laughter and tears.

You are the reason for someone’s happiness.

You have witnessed the happiest and the saddest moments.

The mood in which I come to see you will not be the same when I leave.

 

You don’t need me, but still, I need you.

You will always remain special to me.

You can’t remember me but I can’t forget you.

You have cheered me up at my hard times.

 

You never spoke a word to me.

But still, there was a silent communication between us.

You always will stay special to me

You can’t come in search of me, but I can!

 


Here are few clicks of the tranquil and gorgeous lake which is near my residence here in Poitiers, a city of France.

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Entrance
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Evening time
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Panoramic view of Lake and Football ground
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My residence

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Sunset

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Mirror Reflection

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Night Time
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Moon Reflection