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Heading for Monts-d’Or…

From Lyon, proceed to Poleymieux-au-Mont-d’Or to enjoy the panoramic views over the Saone Plain, the Dombes and the Alps. From the viewpoint indicator, you can even see as far as Mont Blanc on a good day! The village has preserved numerous old houses made of golden stone (don’t miss the Maison du Barbier) and the square tower or Tour Carrée, a XIIth and XVIIth century church. By the way, it was on this Gallo-Roman site that the Mont-d’Or aqueduct began. Built during the reign of Augustus, it supplied Lugdunum with upto 15,000 m³ of water per day.

The inventions of a genius called Ampère.
It was in Poleymieux that the young André-Marie Ampère (1775-1836) stayed for long periods of time. The country house in which he stayed has been restored and transformed into an electricity museum. You can re-enact the inventor’s experiments here (electrostatics, lighting and electric motors) at your leisure. Your children will love it and so will you. Musée Ampère.
Open every day except Tuesday from 9 a.m. to 12 p.m. and from 2 p.m. to 6 p.m. Tel: 04 78 91 90 77.

Chasselay, amongst family and traditions…
This old, fortified market town which could date as far back as Roman times is the location of the Family Museum devoted to farm and village life and traditions. In this XVIth century house, they have remained faithful to that which has given the Coteaux du Lyonnais area its renown for a very long time: the museum has actually dedicated the first floor to wine-growing. Musée de la Famille. Open on the 1st and 3rd Sunday of every month from 2.30 p.m. to 5.30 p.m. By appointment for groups. Tel: 04 78 47 62 43.

The unusual Senegalese cemetery, Tata Sénégalais
Two kilometres from Chasselay on the Route des Chères road which winds its way through orchards, you are suddenly transported to Africa. In a cemetery called Tata Sénégalais lie 200 Senegalese soldiers killed whilst attempting to hold back the Germans in 1940.

A museum-village in memory of the curé or priest of Ars
When going through Limonest, continue straight on towards Dardilly in search of Jean-Marie Vianney. He who was to become the priest of Ars spent a happy childhood here and everyone is proud that their village was the birthplace of this saintly man. At 2 rue du Curé d’Ars, the address of the farm in which he lived, time has stood still. The house, now a museum, remains intact, its rustic furniture evoking the simple life of a farmer’s family at the beginning of the XIXth century. Look out for the eleven roadside crosses in the vicinity of the Jean-Marie Vianney Church.

 

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