Stage 3 : Discover the natural beauty of the regional parks

Stage 3 : Discover the natural beauty of the regional parks.

CENTRAL ROUTE

Stage 3/24 - 279 kms

0 km Lyon

129 kms St Claude

119 kms Chalon-sur-Saône

31 kms Beaune

carte Lyon a Beaune

Lyon : a city, each time a discover

Discover Lyon, a city in east-central France in the Rhône-Alpes region. It is known for its famous Marial devotion which is held every 8 December and lasts for four days. The Virgin Mary saved the city from the plague and to thank her, a statue was built. On the day it was erected, the whole city was lit up with candles that its inhabitants had placed at their windows. The local professional football team, Olympique Lyonnais, is one of the city’s prides. This club flew high the city’s colours during many European championships.

St Claude : an attractive museum, close to one of the regional parks 

SAINT CLAUDE - France

SAINT CLAUDE - France © 357680 ANDRE CUZEL - Fotolia.com

Saint-Claude was founded in 1892 by settlers coming from the region of Jura, and particularly, the town of Saint-Claude. This explains from where the town derives its name. Saint-Claude’s main industry is pipe making. Surrounded by a huge agricultural area, the village is the centre of a bustling dairy industry. It boasts many amenities and attractions, including the Manitoba Dairy Museum, a fascinating new Roman Catholic church, immense town gardens, a Gaol museum and a unique war memorial as well as the pipe.

The Saint-Claude Gaol Museum, the region’s first jail and the only historic structure still standing on Saint-Claude’s original high street. The edifice built by JC Rey, was used exclusively as the local lock-up since its construction until 1930, then extended at the rear to serve as the village fire station from the 1940s until 1975. Recently restored, the jail is presently a museum that attracts hundreds of visitors daily.

High-Jura Regional Park

The High-Jura Regional Natural Park is a French regional reserve located in the southwest of the Jura range of mountains in France, at the French Swiss border. The park was established on 10 February 1986 and had then 37 communes. In 2005, this county town was made up of 113 towns with a total population of 71 000. The park covers an area of 165 000 hectares over three French departments namely, Ain, Doubs and Jura. The important entrances to the park are the following towns: Divonne-les-Bains, Gex, Bellegarde-sur-Valserine, Champagnole, and the Community of Communes of Oyonnax.

Chalon-sur-Saône : come and test its wines

Chalon-sur-Saône - France

Chalon-sur-Saône - France © demarfa - Fotolia.com

Chalon-sur-Saône lies in the south of the Burgundy region in France. It is located on the Saône, and was once a busy port, moreover, in 1792, local wines were sent for distribution along the Saône and the Canal du Centre. Chalon is known in the wine growing field, the Côte Chalonnaise, which lies between the Côte de Nuits and Côte de Beaune to the north and the Mâconnais to the south. Famous wines such as Mercurey, Givry, Montagny and Rully come from this region. Visit the Maison des Vins of the Côte Chalonnaise.

It is a lively town on the Saône River with a market three times a week at the Place St-Vincent. The cathedral square has a coffee factory with Le Moulin à Café and speciality shops such as Légendes Gourmandes. There are fine half-timbered houses overlooking the square. The Rue de Châtelet and the Grande Rue are also worth visiting. The cathedral itself is a good example of Romanesque architecture.

Beaune : The French Wine capital, and the famous “Hospices de Beaune”

BEAUNE - France

BEAUNE - France © Lotharingia - Fotolia.com

Beaune is Bugundy’s wine capital in Côte d'Or in eastern France. It is one of the major wine centres in France and its annual wine auction of the Hospices de Beaune is famous. The town is surrounded by some of the world’s most famous wine-producing villages, while the facilities and cellars of many producers, big and small, are located in Beaune itself. With a rich historical and architectural heritage, Beaune is considered the “Capital of Burgundy wines”.

It is an ancient and historic town on a plain by the hills of the Côte d'Or, with remnants from the pre-Roman and Roman eras, the medieval and Renaissance periods and up to the modern times. Beaune is a fortified town. The ramparts and moats are still visible from certain strategic places of the town. Historically, Beaune is intimately connected with the Dukes of Burgundy. The landmarks in Beaune include the Halles, the Hospices, the Beffroi and Notre-Dame.

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