Last Stop: Lyon

Our vacation in France was all the way back in November, 2018, but at our usual non-real time pace, it’s taken nearly six months to wrap up the recounting of this trip on our blog. Our last stop was a pleasure. Coming in with little in the way of expectations, we found Lyon full of … Continue reading Last Stop: Lyon

Medieval Pérouges

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 … Continue reading Medieval Pérouges

Return to Arles

Arles was where we first encountered the Yellow Vests earlier on this trip, but we were still game to return to this lovely town on an included guided tour with Viking. Our bus driver deftly avoided the on-going blockades between our docking location in Tarascon and Arles, and soon dropped us off just outside the … Continue reading Return to Arles

Pont du Gard

On the afternoon of our first full day on the Lyon and Provence cruise, we booked an optional tour to the ancient Roman aqueduct bridge at Pont du Gard, a short ride from our docking location in Avignon, even with a brief delay provided by a lingering mid-week Yellow Vest blockade at a nearby rotary. … Continue reading Pont du Gard

Papal Palace

One of the main attractions of Avignon is the Papal Palace, home of the Catholic church’s papacy from 1305 to 1376 (or longer, if you want to include the anti-popes). The palace is more of a castle, constructed to protect the occupants who usually also served as secular rulers. Viking had a walking tour of … Continue reading Papal Palace