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Tournon & Vienne

Two quite different towns but the former being much more compact (Pop 10,000) was easier to get around and see the town centre. There is a beautiful old castle there but as it wasn't open until 10 am and as we sailed again at 10:15 we never got the chance to see it. We wandered around the castle grounds and the town itself for an hour or so and purchased a bottle of the local Syrah to try back on the boat.
We then sailed for Vienne which is a much bigger town (pop 30,000 ) and sits on both sides of the Rhone, with the main town centre on the Eastern bank. There is a number of Roman ruins there and a very well-preserved Temple of Augustus & Livia. Once again we grabbed the bikes and cycled around the town centre. Julie and John managed to assist the local economy by purchasing a couple of pairs of shoes. As with many others places we are visiting they are very quiet - most of France is on holiday too! We were back on the boat for the 6:45 sailing to Lyon and were treated to a performance by a local french singer Dany as we arrived in Lyon, who sung a medley of Edit Piaf and other French songs. Gino the pianist took over on piano and sax and had quite a few of the guests and even staff up dancing. We then took a late night stroll on the nearby portside promenade and admired the amazing Confluence retail and restaurant building which is massive.

Posted by 3kiwisabroad 03:25

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such pretty old villages

by ReneeWgtn

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