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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.

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