Itinerary 4: A volcanic atmosphere

    Itinerary 4: A volcanic atmosphere

     

    From the volcanoes of Auvergne to the foothills of the Alps, prepare to experience some unforgettable destinations. Situated at the foot of volcanoes in a beautiful setting, the bustling city of Clermont-Ferrand boasts the world famous Aventure Michelin museum, organizes a successful annual short film festival, and is a capital of rock music and rugby. Saint-Etienne is another great city filled with culture, design and soccer. Also check out the city of Lyon, and indulge in a one-of-a-kind gastronomic experience at one of their many traditional restaurants called “bouchons."

              

     

     

                  

     

     

    Clermont-Ferrand

     

     

     

    The city has been indisputably marked by Michelin which bequeathed it a remarkable restored industrial heritage site. For adventurous types, you can go up the summit of the Puy de Dôme via a railway that opened in June 2012. Clermont-Ferrand is also defined by its Gothic cathedral and its Romanesque Notre Dame du Port basilica, which are definitely worth a visit.

     

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    Saint-Etienne

     

     

     

    The city of Saint-Etienne has to be discovered by wandering through its streets, and popping in and out of the many designer shops. Try the local chocolate specialities, and see the great collections of the city's three major museums: the Musée d’Art Moderne, the Musée de la Mine, and the Musée d'Art et d’Industrie. Dynamic, innovative and highly cultured, the city is also filled with outstanding architectural creations like the Cité du Design and the Zénith.

     

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    Lyon

     

     

     

    You should begin a trip to Lyon by visiting the old town, or Vieux Lyon, filled with beautiful buildings and interior courtyards. Follow the mural route, in trompe l’œil style, including Le Mur des Ca­nuts, the largest fresco in Europe. After taking a detour via the Parc de la Tête d’Or rose gar­den and visiting the Institut Lumière, a museum dedicated to cinema, stroll along the pedestrian banks of the Rhône and stop into one of the bustling bars for a drink along the barges.

     

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