We got to the train station in Lyon in good time this morning only to find that many of the trains were on strike as part of a European shut down. We managed to get to our first stop where we were to change trains but they put us on the bus. This turned out to be a blessing in disguise as we had a wonderful trip through the gorges and beautiful camping areas of the Loire River.
After finding and getting ensconced in our comfortable accommodation we ventured into the city of Le Puy, walked the cobbled streets of the old part and enjoyed the tremendous colour of the buildings and windows.
The people who run our accommodation recommended a restaurant which we visited for lunch. It was so small we overlooked it. It's the first time we've had a meal with French knickers and doilies pegged on clotheslines across the ceiling-very quaint indeed! The food was the local specialty and absolutely delicious.
We visited the cathedral, visited and climbed inside the great statue of the Virgin Mary and then climbed The Saint Michaels Church which is pictured above and is a nine century building on top of a volcanic outcrop. It was certainly worth the climb and is a beautiful old church.
In the late afternoon we lingered around the centre of the town which is called Le Plot. We lost the plot several times today.
It is not very warm and many of the locals are wearing heavy coats. We encountered some showers of showers this morning but this afternoon it turned out to be bright and sunny.
It has been more difficult than we thought writing a blog on our phone but especially uploading photos. If you would like to see some of the photos we have taken you can check them out our Facebook pages.
Geoff and Lyn Pound