Cassis – Calanque d’En-Vau

Calanques- those beautiful mountains, crystal clear sea, Cliffs to dive from, What else one will need to make the weekend exciting.

I recently visited Calanque d’En-Vau located near Cassis, in southern France located on the Mediterranean coast. It’s a port city which commands the view of an old chateau. We started our trek from cassis, in the beginning, it was very smooth, then was a descend into the Calanque de Port Pin. We stopped there for a while and moved on to the greater part of our journey. Then it became challenging and more exciting. In between, we stopped to rest, meanwhile had a great treat for our eyes. All we could see was the Calanques and sea. Then came a steep challenging descend into the Calanque d’En Vau.

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Port of Cassis
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Statue de Calendal
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Midway
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Just before the descend into Calanque d’en Vau
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Calanque d’En-Vau

We had a plan to swim, but we could hardly find people swimming! yes, it was very cold, the water temperature was around 15°C! Then with all the courage we swam and although initially it was bit cold later it was fine.

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Variety

We took a different route back to Cassis although it was tough at some points, we made it soon. And here is the total activity of the day.

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Activity of the day

Travelling tips

  1. An easy way to reach cassis is by the local train- TER. It costs around 6-10 Euro from Marseille. There are also buses to nearby places from Marseille.
  2. It’s a good idea to carry something to eat.
  3. If you are planning for the two-day trek you can opt the youth hostel nearby as wild camping is prohibited. Visit the tourism office at Cassis for information.
  4. Try to take a route by the side of Calanque d’en Vau to go back to Cassis. It’s a bit tough but worth it.

 

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.