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Musée des Confluences – An incredible place to visit!

An absolute ‘must’ for all the family!!! The Musée des Confluences is a science centre and anthropology museum which opened on 20 December 2014 in the 2nd arrondissement of Lyon, (Rhône), France. It is located at the southern tip of the Presqu’île at the confluence of the Rhône and the Saône, adjacent to Autoroute A7, and […]



Critérium du Dauphiné – June 2015

The Critérium du Dauphiné (UCI World Tour Stage Race) is being staged during June. (7-14 June 2015.) Luckily it is once again visiting the Roannais region, and our home-base, Perreux. Starting in Roanne and finishing in Montagny. We’ll be watching it as it finishes this 3rd stage of a great precursor race to the Tour de […]



The Louvre-Lens Art Museum – A gem of a place!

The Musèe de Louvre -Lens, less than 2 hours drive from Calais is an amazing architectural building with a continuing rotation of artworks and special themed exhibitions. If you like art and history, this place is most definitely a ‘must visit’. The Louvre-Lens is an art museum located in Lens, Pas-de-Calais, Northern France, approximately 200 […]



Guédelon: History in the Making!

An amazing place to visit in the heart of Burgundy – only a couple of hours drive from the Roannais! In the heart of Puisaye, in Yonne, Burgundy, a team of fifty people have taken on an extraordinary feat: to build a castle using the same techniques and materials used in the Middle Ages. The […]



Marvellous Medieval Celebrations in Lyon.

The traditional, yearly medieval celebrations called the ‘Fête Renaissance’ in Lyon were staged once again around the city of Lyon in the heart of the ‘Old Town’ called Vieux Lyon this April. A brilliant setting for such a colourful event which commemorates the visit of Catherine de Médicis and the young King, Charles IX, to […]



Discover the secret passageways of Lyon.

We should really say, “Discover the traboules of Lyon” Ancient doorways through old, dark alleyways for your discovery and exploration. These alleyways, or traboules, as they are locally known, are one of the most original aspects of the architecture and identity of Lyon. Located in the district of the Old Town or Vieux-Lyon for the […]


Marie Antoinette Guillotine Anniversary – 16th October 1873.

It was the anniversary of Marie Antoinette’s Guillotining at the Place de la Revolution in Paris this Tuesday, 16th October. Marie Antoinette, born Archduchess of Austria, was in line to become Queen of France when she married the future Louis XVI of France in 1774. She’s famous for something she likely never said, “Let them […]