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Our trip to Lyon, France

I never expected to be on another trip so soon after my last trip to Europe in September 2013, but here I am sitting in my sister's house in New Jersey, trying to complete my travel posts from last year. Well,what can I say... the horizons keep beckoning and I keep following...
Now for a sneak peek of what I've been gazing at over the past month...
Manhattan in the distance and the Hudson in all her serenely swaying beauty...

Now getting back to Lyon, the gastronomic capital of France and one of it's largest cities, which we (me, Nam and Vinod) decided to explore one fine Sunday in October 2013. Lyon is just a two hour train ride away from Geneva, and once we got off the train we decided to head first to, Pérouges, one of the most beautiful villages in France, located near Lyon. After visiting Yvoire, we made it a point to scout out other beautiful villages near any city we visited. So we asked around and surprisingly no one knew how to get to Pérouges, so we pored over o…

And my trip to Gruyères continues...

So in the last post about Gruyères, we had just entered the castle and seen the medieval flooring and the ancient kitchen...  Here are the suits of armour, only the kinghts are mising...  The information given to the side of it: Burgundian Cope, third quarter of the 15th century Part of the booty from the battle of Morat (1476). It bears the great ducal coat of arms of Burgundy (Burgundy Ancient and Modern, Brabant, Limburg, and Flanders) and the coats of arms of Zealand and the Franche-Comtèabove three flints and steels (emblems of  Philip the Good, father of Charles the Bold).  The knights conference room...  With armours like that, chairs like these were probably comfortable enough... 
So after the  medieval ages, a noble guy inherited the castle and his artist cousin, took up residence here... He kinda went overboard with his talents and painted... Lovely whimsical pictures like this on every surface he could find...  Check out the painting behind me... it covers the entire wall..…