Thursday, October 22, 2009

Beaujolais Vineyard Outing

I apologize for not updating in over a month, but honestly nothing super exciting has happened.  I go to class and that's about it.  But this Sunday a group called Lyon International organized an international student outing to a vineyard int he beaujolais region!  So we all piled into buses and drove about half an hour outside Lyon into the beautiful French countryside to walk through the vineyard and taste the wine.

This was a chateau that an elderly woman owned, and when she died she donated the house and the fields to the Pasteur foundation for science.

Just in case you wanted proof I was there :)

Origins of Brouillette, perhaps?  We make a pretty good wine...

Awesome art gallery where we had our wine tasting.

We have a mount!

And now a bunch of pretty landscapes:

That's all for now! I'm leaving for Norway tomorrow for a week, so I'll have a bunch more pictures to post soon!  Love and miss you all!

Monday, September 7, 2009


     On Sunday, Lyon 2 organized a trip to Annecy for the foreign students.  It was about an hour and a half bus ride from Lyon.  I don't have a lot to say about Annecy except that it's a really old city kind of near Geneva and it's ABSOLUTELY GORGEOUS!!!!  I think the pictures speak for themselves.
Annecy sits right by one of the cleanest lakes in the world.  Some of my friends swam in it, but it was much too cold out for me.  Look at how clear the water is, though!  It looked like the ocean.
 The city itself is like a fairy tale.  I loved all of the old streets and buildings.  Some of the buildings date from the 16th century.  Coming from the US, it's almost hard to fathom a human structure that old.
And what do you buy at French markets?  Cheese and bread, of course.
The swans on the lake were pretty hillarious.  They would wade in the shallow areas and dive to eat the plants on the bottom, and when they dove their butts went completely vertical.  Needless to say, we were fascinated and continuously amused.
There was kind of a fake beach near the lake where a lot of people were sunbathing in swimsuits, even though it was like 60 degrees.  
These are the two friends I was walking around with for most of the trip, Lisa and Jill.
We got really excited because we thought this little guy was a humminbird, but it turns out he was a moth.  He was still really cool to watch, though.
This is the interior of the Church I posted above.  This painting is from the sixteenth century.