Lyon and the Alps Travel Guide
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North of Lyon along the Saône are the vineyards of Beaujolais, a thrill for any oenophile. In the area around Villefranche, small villages—perhaps comprising a church, a bar, and a boulangerie—pop up here and there out of the rolling vine-covered hillsides. Beaujolais wine is made exclusively from the gamay noir à jus blanc grape. The region's best wines are all labeled "Grands Crus," a more complex version of the otherwise light, fruity Beaujolais. Although the region's wines get better with age, many Beaujolais wines are drunk nearly fresh off the vine; every third Thursday in November marks the arrival of the Beaujolais Nouveau, a bacchanalian festival that also showcases regional cuisine. North of La Dombes region and east of the Beaujolais wine villages is Bourg-en-Bresse, famous for its marvelous church and a breed of poultry that impassions gourmands; it makes a good base after Lyon. South toward the Rhône, the great river of southern France, is the well-preserved medieval village of Pérouges.
Hotels, inns, bed-and-breakfasts, gîtes d'étapes (hikers' way stations), and chambres d'hôte (bed-and-breakfasts) run the... read more
The food you'll find in the Rhône-Alps region is some of France's best, as it's considered the birthplace of the country's... read more
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