S: Rotary Group Exchange Study in France
BC: Our final stop in France was to the region around St. Etienne. More to come.....
FC: Rotary Group Study Exchange to France: ROANNE May 2010
1: M. Roux, with whom Danielle and I stayed, took all of us on a tour of Roanne in his vintage bus!
3: Musée Déchelette: Fine arts and archaeology
4: Other views of Roanne | This is Roux, the donkey pet of my host family who lived in the hills outside of Roanne
5: So many things to eat!! | Clockwise: 1st course for lunch in Charlieu, market day in Marcigny, a great selection of cheese for lunch in Charlieu, and raclette for dinner at our home outside of Roanne.
6: Charlieu Abbey dedicated to St. Fortunatus
7: Secret passageway up the tower
9: In Charlieu, we also toured the remains of the Couvent Cordeliers, the 14-15th century home of Franciscan friars | The columns above feature symbols of vices and virtues
10: M u s e e D e | L a S o i e r i e
11: "Water of Life" | One side of the museum was the hospital museum
12: We had seen a painting of this Chateau at the museum and took a quick stop for photos of the real thing | Le Chateau de Gatellier:
13: Iguerande countryside
14: Colline du Colombier: a restaurant of the Troisgrois family
15: "...little surrey with the fringe on the top"! | Le Musee de la Voiture a Cheval in Marcigny
16: We traveled around the "Brionnais region" which has a number of Romanesque Churches that have been protected including this one, Anzy-le-Duc
17: This Church was built in the 11th century and finished at the beginning of the 12th. It was first a monastery and pilgrims came to visit the tomb of one of the first priors, Hugues de Poitiers, so a bigger Church was constructed to protect his relics. | Isn't it amazing that even some of the paint has lasted this long!
19: I'm in the vines! | Cote Roannaise wine tasting on our last day in Roanne
20: Quick visit to the beach on the artificial lake created from one of the major dams on the Loire River, le Barrage de Villerest
21: Then we traveled to the Forez region and ate lunch outside, overlooking the beautiful forested foothills
22: Getting spic and span for our tour--don't we look official?
23: Cotton candy yogurt! | Our last stop on the Roanne portion of the trip was to a milk factory. What better way to learn about French foods than to visit a laiterie! This modern factory had only been opened about a year and specialized in fromage blanc and yogurt.