On the afternoon of our first day in Lyon with Viking, we chose to take Viking’s optional excursion, “Timeless Tour of Pérouges” to the nearby tourist destination east of Lyon. This hilltop stone village from the 13th century dwindled into irrelevance as a travel stop on the trading route from Geneva to Lyon once railroads arrived. Its population dwindled until restorations began just over a century ago. Several movies have taken advantage of its period look and used the village as a filming location.
Our tour was easy and relaxing and for this post, we’ll also be taking a relaxed approach, relying mostly on a giant gallery of photographs of this quiet village.
Pérouges is a walled village, and the village church does its part, serving as a portion of the wall:
The interior of the church is modest:
While Pérouges is advertised as a stone village, it seems less like it’s built from quarried stone, and more like it is built from river rocks. Take a look at the details:
In the old village’s square, a linden tree planted at the time of the French Revolution still stands (albeit with lots of support). Apparently it’s much more impressive in the summer when it’s leafed out.
Here’s video of the village square:
At the end of our walk, we took a short break for a drink at one of France’s oldest inns, the cozy Hostellerie du Vieux Pérouges:
The buildings weren’t the only antiques in Pérouges. Our tour guide was very excited about this vintage French vehicle:
Next posting – our time touring the City of Lyon.