Feeling much better after yesterdays issues! Headed into Vienne this morning for a look. The town has remnants from both the Gauls and the Roman's. Visited a museum that incorporates the ruins of a roman settlement. I'm not a great museum enthusiast, so whipped through the place at an undignified pace, scarcely listening to the little device they give you that explains everything. Was mighty impressed with their roading, water and sewerage systems though, our district council could learn a thing or two by studying the romans! These shots are from the ruins past the modern museum across the Rhone to the township, you can see more medieval ruins in the distance and a churchy thing
So with my fill of history I hit the road and travelled to Cremieu, a village to the east of Lyon. Was chosen haphazardly and turned out to be delighful! Arrived at lunchtime so immediately searched out a little cafe inside the walled village. Had just got my 1/4 litre pitcher of rose wine when the boys rang me from the golf club at home. No need to say that they'd had a bit to drink 6 hours after golf had finished! Quite surreal sitting in a village in France drinking wine chatting to the boys in NZ! Sat there eating my lunch with a ridiculous smile on my face after that! So here are some photo's of Cremieu, I didn't climb up to see the chateau or the ruins further along.
Decided to check the travel plan that I'd put together in Beaulieu (which has not been well adhered to!). Turns out I'd planned to stay in Autun, which is NW of Lyon and SW of Dijon. So I set the GPS to take me there. What a gorgeous drive! Yay me! Wriggled my way through villages and beautiful rolling farm country.
Quite reminiscent of home except for the villages every few kilometers. Started to see cattle, mostly Charolais, gorgeous white beasts in lovely green pastures. Also drove through an area with lots of 'etangs', small lakes or large ponds depending on your perpective. Plenty of waterbirds and numerous fishermen. After leaving the etangs behind, drove through some lovely oak forests, they reckon there's deer in them, haven't spotted any yet.
So was driving through the last forest, about 5km from Autun when the phone rang....yep, boys still at the golf club, now 3 am their time and barely able to understand them....lots of laughing. Nice to know I'm loved and missed!
Arrived in Autun by a back road, came around the corner and almost lost my breath....beautiful! No photo's yet. Was focussed on finding somewhere to stay. None of the places that I tried in the town centre seemed to be open (doors locked at 5.30pm), so I carried on a little out of town to a good old reliable Ibis hotel. Cheap and cheerful. Sadly the chefs night off, so I'm having 2 cans of beer and a packet of corn snacks for dinner....mmmmm tasty!