The Abode of Chaos, an unique museum in Saint-Romain-au-Mont-d’Or

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If you ever find yourself in Saint-Romain-au-Mont-d’Or without having heard of it before, you may at first think it’s just one of those small and beautiful French villages. Its narrow streets, cosy restaurants and fancy old houses made of stones with golden colours will give you this impression.
Eventually you will face the Abode of Chaos (Demeure du Chaos), a museum of contemporary art that includes more than 3500 artworks, and will realize that this little village in the mountains near Lyon is much more than just another regular French village.

Welcome to the Abode of Chaos!

The museum was created by Thierry Ehrmann in his own house back in 1999, according to the museum’s website.

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The Abode of Chaos celebrates 14 years of fight and resistance.

He invited artists to work with him in-loco, so they could share ideas and create art connecting different countries and cultures. Since its creation, the inhabitants of the village together with the town council have been trying to shut Ehrmann’s museum down. His battle with the town council has gone to the European Court of Human Rights, where the case is being analysed.

Are you free?

While I can understand the ones against it, you gotta admit this museum is somehow unique and would be a shame to have it shut down, turning it back to just a regular and boring old house. Its art carried with political messages makes us stop and reflect about the problems of our societies and governments nowadays.

In case you want to understand a bit more about the case, I’d recommend checking this Wall Street Journal’s post. If you’d like to help Ehrmann in his fight against the town council, you can show your support signing up his petition here. I’ve already signed it up.

What’d you think about Ehrmann’s museum? Have you ever found an unique museum around the world?

[Photography] Refuge du Fond d’Aussois, France

On mid-August we had the chance to explore a bit the French Alps and here you’ll find a couple of pictures we took while visiting the Refuge du Fond d’Aussois. More to follow on a full post soon.

No meio de agosto tivemos a chance de explorar um pouco os Alpes Franceses e aqui você encontrará algumas fotos que tiramos durante a nossa visita ao Refuge du Fond d’Aussois. Post completo em breve.

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[Photography] Refuge des Évettes, France

On mid-August we had the chance to explore a bit the French Alps and here you’ll find a couple of pictures we took while hiking up to the Refuge des Évettes in France. More to follow on a full post soon.

No meio de agosto tivemos a chance de explorar um pouco os Alpes Franceses e aqui você encontrará algumas fotos que tiramos subindo a trilha até o Refúgio dos Évettes. Post completo em breve.

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[Photography] Lyon and its wall art

One of the greatest attractions of Lyon is its wall art. All over the city you can find out walls like those in the gallery above. These are just a couple of wall I have stumble across since I moved in here and I keep looking for more.

Uma das principais atrações de Lyon é sua “arte na parede”. Espalhadas pela cidade inteira você pode encontrar pinturas em paredes como essas na galeria abaixo. Essas são apenas algumas que eu “esbarrei” desde que me mudei pra cá e continua na busca de outras.

Find out more about these walls here.

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Les calanques de Marseilles, Cassis and La Ciotat: one of France’s natural wonders

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In the last days of May we went on a road trip down to the south of France. It was the beginning of summer and we wanted to enjoy it.

Marseilles

The beautiful old port of Marseilles.

The beautiful old port of Marseilles.

The second biggest city in France and the capital of Pétanque and Pastis, Marseilles is a beautiful city located a bit more than 300 km south of Lyon. It was historically the most important trade center in the region and functioned as the main trade port of the French Empire. Nowadays it seems to have a bad reputation (that’s what I heard from French people) regarding safety. We spent the day going around there and frankly I saw nothing bad. I guess like in all cities, you just have to be street aware and no need to paranoia. We visited the old port, the MuCEM (an impressive Museum that’s worth checking. Free entrance.), Marseilles’ Cathedral and went up to the beautiful Basilica Notre-Dame of the Garde.

Les calanques

The first open view of calanque de sugiton and its short beach.

The first open view of calanque de sugiton and its short beach.

After a good night sleep we went exploring the beautiful calanques along Marseilles’s coast. Starting in Marseilles its range extends 20 km in length going through Cassis until La Ciotat.

Map of the Calanques between Marseilles and La Ciotat.

Map of the Calanques between Marseilles and La Ciotat.

We started with the calanque de Sugiton that can be reached from Luminy University Campus. It’s a fairly easy hike and it won’t take you more than 1 hour to reach the small beach between the mountains. Parts of the way is paved so you’ll find lots of families hiking with their kids.

Going back to the trail you will find another path heading to the calanque de Morgiou. Hiking along the path you’ll find signs for a belvedere in the top of the mountain. We stopped there to take a look and it’s impressive.

After this belvedere you can go back on the trail and go all the way down to find a little beach. It’s a long walk and as we were a bit tired and still had to go all the way back to where our car was parked (near the University), we decided to skip that. However I think it’s totally worth it if you got time.

We took the road again heading to the calanque de Sormiou. You will reach a parking lot where you can start your hike. It’s a long paved way down to a beach and we decided to stop in a place where we had an amazing view and enjoyed the sunset, rather than go all the way down.

A beautiful view of the calanque de Sormiou.

A beautiful view of the calanque de Sormiou.

La ciotat, Cassis and Route des Crêtes

We had the small village of Ceyreste as our base, as we were staying at the Camping de Ceyreste. Village is pretty small and we were very glad that the only restaurant opened by the time we went back to spend the night was a pizzeria (yes, I love pizza :P).

Some mushroom, ham and cheese. It was delicious!

Some mushroom, ham and cheese. It was delicious!

Next day we took to visit the small cities of La Ciotat and Cassis. They’re both nice cities by the sea. Where we chilled out and relaxed after a busy day going all over the calanques. The best thing about those cities is the road between them. The route des crêtes has some scenic views and passes through the beautiful Parc Naturel Régional des Ballons des Vosges.

Once in Cassis, we skipped the touristy restaurants in front of the old port and walked around some narrow streets away from the port to find the Le Bonapart restaurant, where we had some fresh fish. Delicious meal and least expensive than the touristy restaurants. 

Once in the south of France do as the southern people and have some pastis (an anise-flavored liqueur and apéritif from France, typically containing 40–45% ABV (alcohol by volume)).

Once in the south of France do as the southern people and have some pastis (an anise-flavored liqueur and apéritif from France, typically containing 40–45% ABV (alcohol by volume)).

After lunch we enjoyed the afternoon by The beach of the Cassis’ bay

That’s it. Time to take the road again and go back home.

On our way back to Lyon.

On our way back to Lyon.

Hope it was useful in case you’re planning on spending some time on the south of France.

Click in this picture for more pictures of this area :D

Click in this picture for more pictures of this area 😀

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[Photography] Lyon, France – 07/2014

A couple of pictures we took during the week that we made a special about Lyon on our instagram.

Algumas fotos que tiramos durante a semana que fizemos um special sobre Lyon no nosso instagram. Para fotos com descrição em Português, acesse o instagram da RBBV.

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[Photography] Abbaye Notre-Dame de Sénanque

Last weekend we visited the Sénanque Abbey near Gordes, France. Here are some pictures we’ve taken and we’ll have a full post soon.

Fim de semana passado nós visitamos a Abadia de Senanque próxima a Gordes, França. Aqui estão algumas fotos que tiramos e em breve teremos um post completo.

Enquanto o post completo não sai, vale a pena conferir o ótimo blod do Destino Provence que tem diversos posts sobre a região, inclusive um sobre Gordes, Sénanque e Roussilon.

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Pérouges : one of the most beautiful villages of France

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You might have read our first post where we wrote that what excited us most about travelling is meeting people. However, there are other things that we’re passionate about when it comes about travelling, and one of these things is nature. We love being outdoors and last weekend we had the chance to visit the medieval village of Pérouges, one of the most beautiful villages of France.

Medieval building connect to the church in Perouges' main entrance.

Medieval building connect to the church in Perouges’ main entrance.

Pérouges is located only 30 km northeast of Lyon, where we’re currently living, so we decided to have a look.

Old bulding in Pérouges

The village is small and very charming, and if you are around Lyon, you should definitely consider spending some time there.

Church in Pérouges

Yes, this place is awesome with all these beautiful old buildings, but our objective was to explore a hiking trail around it. There are 4 trails, starting on a 2.3 km long, taking approximately 40 minutes, and the longest one with 9.3 km, taking about 2h30m to finish it.

The trails around Pérouges

We decided to take the longest one, as we arrived early in the morning and had a lot of time to spend there. Needless to say that the trail is amazing and we loved it.
It was pretty easy and I guess even people who aren’t used to hike can do it. It’s more like a long walk rather than hiking. We loved the landscapes and get closer to nature.

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In the end of the trail we went back to the main square to grab some food and try the local beer, which was great.

Local beer made out of corn

Some saucisson and ham.

So whether you take the shortest or the longest one, you should definitely spend some time exploring this trails when in Pérouges.

Corn is Pérouges' main production

You can find more pictures of Pérouges and other regions of France in our Facebook and Pinterest albums.

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