Lyon (France)

For more informations about the city you can click on the map

For more informations about the city you can click on the map

Lyon also spelled Lyons, is a city in east-central France in the region Rhône-Alpes.

Lyon is a major center of business, situated between Paris and Marseille, and has a reputation as the French capital of gastronomy and having a significant role in the history of cinema with Auguste and Louis Lumière.

Lyon is located at 470 km from Paris, 320 km from Marseille, 160 km from Geneva, 280 km from Torino, 450 km from Milano and 600 km from Barcelona.

The local professional football team, Olympique Lyonnais, has increased the profile of Lyon internationally through participation in European football championships.

The residents of the city are called Lyonnais.

Together with its suburbs and satellite towns, Lyon forms the second-largest metropolitan area in France after that of Paris, with the population of its urban area estimated to be 1,783,400 and that of its metropolitan area 4,415,000 (2007).

Its urban region (Urban Community of Lyon), represents half of the Rhône-Alpes région population with three million inhabitants. Lyon is also a major industrial center specializing in chemical, pharmaceutical, and biotech industries. The city also contains a significant software industry with a particular focus on video games.

Lyon is the préfecture (capital) of the Rhône département, and also the capital of the Rhône-Alpes région. The city is known for its historical and architectural landmarks and is a UNESCO World Heritage Site.

Lyon was historically known as the silk capital of the world.

The city is known as the culinary capital of France. It also hosts numerous international headquarters like Interpol, Euronews, International Agency for Research on Cancer or Cité Scolaire Internationale de Lyon.

Source: Wikipedia

A building with a butcher's shop and charcuterie in Charbonnières-les-Bains

A building with a butcher's shop and charcuterie in Charbonnières-les-Bains

Blocks in Charbonnières-les-Bains

Blocks in Charbonnières-les-Bains

Louis ROUGEAT De MARSONNAT (the greatest man from Charbonnières-les-Bains)

Louis ROUGEAT De MARSONNAT (the greatest man from Charbonnières-les-Bains)

Charbonnières-les-Bains in night...

Charbonnières-les-Bains in night... (it was in december)

Charbonnières-les-Bains is a commune in the Rhône department in eastern France. The commune is near Lyon.

Charbonnières-les-Bains is a commune in the Rhône department in eastern France, near Lyon

The center of the commune

The center of the commune

The meat shop was open :) Bon Appétit  ! :P

The meat shop was open 🙂 Bon Appétit ! 😛

This photo is made near to the Gare de Lyon-Part-Dieu (railway station)

This photo is made near to the Gare de Lyon-Part-Dieu (railway station)

A mall...

A nice shopping center...

A bus which take you to the Lyon-Saint Exupéry Airport

A bus which take you to the Lyon-Saint Exupéry Airport

Near to the Athena Hotel

Near to the Athena Hotel

From here you can take a bicycle for a walk in the city :)

From here you can take a bicycle for a walk in the city 🙂

*Note: These photos are made in December, few years ago.

Buşteni (România)

The city is marked with green line, just between Ploieşti and Braşov

The city is marked with green line, just between Ploieşti and Braşov (click on the picture for bigger size)

Buşteni is a small mountain town in the north of the county Prahova, in the center of Romania. It is located in the Prahova Valley, at the bottom of the Bucegi mountains, that have a maximum altitude of 2505 m.

Its name literally means tree-logs in Romanian.

Buşteni’s average altitude is 900 m. It is one of the most popular mountain resorts, offering spectacular views, with lots of year-round tourism opportunities, ranging from skiing to mountain climbing.

The town and the surrounding mountains were the site of military confrontations in 1916, during World War I.

A large commemorative monument (about 25 m high), Heroes’ Cross (Crucea Eroilor) lies atop nearby Caraiman Peak, at nearly 2,260 m. The monument is lighted at night and is visible from virtually everywhere in Buşteni.

The average population is 15,000 inhabitants, although numbers vary greatly because of tourism. The main local industries are wood industry and tourism. Many holiday houses have been recently built in the town.

Also a new Information Tourism Center was set up near the City Hall.

Source: Wikipedia

A board which confirms that Busteni is similar to a french city, Moissy Cramayel

A board which confirms that Busteni is similar to a french city, Moissy Cramayel

 The Town Hall of Busteni

The Town Hall of Busteni

The cultural club from Busteni,the advertisment announces the beginning of the cultural week (10-18 august 2009)

The cultural club from Busteni,the advertisment announces the beginning of the cultural week (10-18 august 2009)

The main road that takes us to Brasov :-P

The main road that takes us to Brasov 😛

A "small" artistic moment captured in Nature :)

A "small" artistic moment captured in Nature 🙂

 Heroes Cross from Caraiman Peak seen in Busteni

Heroes Cross from Caraiman Peak seen in Busteni

How to protect better the Nature (Do not throw the rubbish in the forest!).Unfortunately, this message is respected by all  the tourists.

How to protect the Nature (Do not throw the garbage in the forest!). Unfortunately, this message is not respected by all tourists.

A mioritic picture caught in a quite,green angle (specific to this region),captured on the road to gondola lift

A mioritic picture caught in a quite,green angle (specific to this region),captured on the road to gondola lift

On the road which goes to gondola lift.Here you can find a lot of arbors with traditional romanian souvenirs,bars and restaurants

On the road which goes to gondola lift.Here you can find a lot of arbors with traditional Romanian souvenirs,bars and restaurants

A view of mountains in front of gondola lift start,near to Silva Hotel

A view of mountains in front of gondola lift point,near to Silva Hotel

First panoramic view at high! We were ready to get out of the gondola lift,at 2205 m high

First panoramic view at high! We were ready to get out of the gondola lift,at 2205 m high

First panoramic view at high! We were ready to get out of the gondola lift,at 2205 m high

Some nice donkeys sitting near the exit from gondola lift.We think they were ready for another road on the mountains 🙂

Such a silent and cold panorama surrounded us during our short excursion.You must take something warm to put on you if you don't want to get frozen ;)

Such a silent and cold panorama surrounded us during our short excursion.You must take something warm to put on you if you don't want to get frozen 😉

Down,to the right, on a band long for one kilometre outspreads an inexplicable positive magnetical field,so you get immediately fresh,no mater how tired you are!

Near to this zone,is an inexplicable positive magnetical field,so you can get immediately fresh,no mater how tired you are!

The pathway that goes to the Sphinx; to the right you see a hotel with a large restaurant down (the prices are not so high)

The pathway that goes to the Sphinx; to the right you see Babele Hut with a large restaurant down and a hotel (the prices are not so high)

Another "high view" at 2205 meters

Another "high view" at 2205 meters

A millennial natural monumental rock climbed by people...

A millennial natural monumental rock climbed by people...

An ancient altar of our ancestors..

An ancient altar of our ancestors..

Another extraordinary panoramic view!

Another extraordinary panoramic view!

A little tusk of frail beauty,between these imposing rocks

A little Viola flower

The Sphinx-an ancient sacred place;even the plate says that climbing on it is forbidden,a lot of people don't pay attention to it.

The Sphinx-an ancient sacred place;even the plate says that climbing on it is forbidden,a lot of people don't pay attention to it.

Circular sanctuary near the Sphinx

Circular sanctuary near the Sphinx

The Sphink,picture taken in a perfect angle!

The Sphink,picture taken in a perfect angle!

Surrounded by all these beauties,feeling the fresh,cold air and the silent settled around,you just can't stop making panoramic photos!

Surrounded by all these beauties,feeling the fresh,cold air and the silent settled around,you just can't stop making panoramic photos!

Another panoramic view...

Another panoramic view...

Babele (meaning old women)-another mystical rocks;some people believe it's an ancient historical monument, others that it's just the resulf of erosion.

Babele (meaning Old Women); another mystical rocks; some people believe it's an ancient historical monument, others that it's just the resulf of erosion.

An interesting cute mushroom noticed near rocks.It looks like a golden egg,doesn't it?

An interesting cute mushroom noticed near rocks.It looks like a golden egg,doesn't it?

 The place from where we take the gondola lift to bring us down (it takes 10 minutes to descend)

The place from where we take the gondola lift to bring us down (it takes 11 minutes to descend)

The "extremity" point of this part of mountains-from here,it starts to lower,to lower, to lower..

The "extremity" point of this part of mountains-from here,it starts to descent quickly...

The next attraction captured in gondola lift

The next attraction captured in gondola lift

The HUGE crowd-all these persons wait the gondola lift to descend,crowd longer than 50 meters (the same treatement expects you down,we waited more than an hour to take gondola lift).The whole ticket costs 54 lei-13 euros

The HUGE crowd-all these persons wait the gondola lift to descend,crowd longer than 50 meters (the same treatement expects you down,we waited more than an hour to take gondola lift).The whole ticket costs 54 lei-13 euros

Silva Hotel,a pretty expensive place to spend your vacations..

Silva Hotel,a pretty expensive place to spend your vacations..

Appartament houses in Busteni

Appartament houses in Busteni

A sweet,living dummy cat sleeping in a shopwindow which takes the glance of everyone who pass through..

A sweet,living dummy cat sleeping in a shopwindow which takes the glance of everyone who pass through..

Costila-the new commercial center opened recently in Busteni

Costila-the new commercial center opened recently in Busteni

Cricova (Moldova)

Cricova is the famous Moldovan winery, located in the city with the same name located at 15 kilometres (9.3 mi) north of Chişinău. Famous wine cellars make it a popular attraction for tourists.

The wine cellars of Cricova is second largest wine cellar in Moldova, after Milestii Mici (largest in the world). It boasts a mere 120 kilometres (75 mi) of labyrinthine roadways, versus MM’s 200 kilometres (120 mi), tunnels have existed under Cricova since the XVth century, when limestone was dug out to help build Chisinau. They were converted into an underground wine emporium in the 1950s.

The territory used to be a mine for limestone, a building material. In some branches excavation is still active, so the cellar is still growing. Other famous wineries in Moldova include Cojuşna and Mileştii Mici.

Source: Wikipedia

Travel Journal

„We decided a long time ago to visit Cricova. It seemed to be a nice destination for the end of this spring.

So the big day came. At nine o’clock in the morning we all were ready to start our trip, so we got up in the bus and took our seats. We must say the price of a trip to Cricova, for a group of 20 persons costs 135 lei (~9 euros). How Cricova is situated only at 11 Km from Chisinau, in over 20 minutes we were there. It was a good idea to start our trip in the morning, because the day was very hot, so we could “get fried” in the minibus! =D

Arriving there, the guide told us a sad little rumor: the electric train that should carry us through the tunnels of Cricova was broken, so we should take the bus, because the distance was pretty big: over 60 km to see!

The gates opened, so the trip began. We saw in front of our eyes a big, wide road, which was dishing too fast. The first impression was that we hit in a little scary story, but this feeling passed quickly.

From the beginning we felt the difference concerning the air: in the tunnels, the temperature never rises up 12-14 C, while the humidity also stays constants-97 %. We can give you an important advice: if you want to visit Cricova, in no matter what season, you have to take some warm clothes, if not; you’ll get a bit frozen ;).

While we were advancing in the subways of Cricova, the guide told us that we are at 40-50 meters under ground. You should know that at the beginning, this place was a mine from where was taking out white rock, used to build edifices in Chisinau-from here it comes the name of “white city”. Totally, the roads of Cricova have a length of 120 Km, but only 60 are intended for wines, other 60 km serve as a mine; in present from there they are extracting white rock.

The roads become streets and boulevards, as they have names: Ariadne’s thread Street, Cabernet Street, Dionysus Street, Champaign’s Boulevard, names chosen by the type of wine placed on that “street”.

Our first stop was on the Cabernet Street. We saw a lot of barrels, smalls (232 litters) and big (453 litters), plenty of this kind of wine. The casks were made of oak wood, so the taste of wine can change if it rests for a long time put in there.

At the second stop, we stepped on the Champaign’s Boulevard, where the guide led us into a chamber where were kept the future Champaign. Here we found out how does this drink is made. The all period while the wine changes into Champaign, ready to be sold, takes 5 years.

The third hall we saw was in that are kept the personal collection of different persons, but also the most important bottles of wine from there. At the beginning of the chamber, we noticed a memorial made for the persons who founded Cricova and the statue of Dionysus.

We saw the Hermann Göring wine’s collection, (Mosel from 1935) brought here by the Bolsheviks after World War II. In the same area, we caught sight on old French wines (1936) and other collections of states from USSR. The personal wine collection of Vladimir Putin is kept at Cricova, the rental of a bottle costs 1$/year.Altogether, the whole cellar comprises over 1.3 million bottles.

After visiting this extraordinary place, we left it for another site: the formal halls from Cricova, avaible only for the officials. We hadn’t the permission to touch the table that has about 60 seats, because we could leave stamps, ha-ha! We saw also the favourite chamber of the ex- president of Moldova, Vladimir Voronin, who comes there to “take a break”.

After a one and half hour our trip finished and we had the vague sensation that we have lost something there. Maybe that was because we rested a bit amazed, but pleased for everything we saw. We didn’t want to leave that place, but we had to.

We advise everyone to visit Cricova, with any occasion, because there you have the possibility to pass a little part of your life in a “forgiven” place, where the Time does nothing more than to dust the bottles and to raise the quality and the price of a good wine.”


An imitation of a stronghold on the territory of Cricova.

An imitation of a stronghold on the territory of Cricova.

First view of the road which leads us to the Cricova's cellar.

First view of the road which leads us to the Cricova's cellar.

A cellar located on Cabernet Street, where is kept the Pinot wine.

A cellar located on Cabernet Street, where is kept the Pinot wine.

In these barrels is kept the Cabernet wine, the white dust on the floor testifies the fact that in the past, this place was a mine of withe rock.

In these barrels is kept the Cabernet wine, the white dust on the floor testifies the fact that in the past, this place was a mine of withe rock.

A common barrel in the subways of Cricova,made of American oak. The wine changes its taste if it's kept in this kind of cask.

A common barrel in the subways of Cricova,made of American oak. The wine changes its taste if it's kept in this kind of cask.

A 453 litters barrel for keeping the Cabernet wine.

A 453 litters barrel for keeping the Cabernet wine.

The same barrel, with a wine inquest on it (Cabernet-Sauvignon, made in 2007).

The same barrel, with a wine inquest on it (Cabernet-Sauvignon, made in 2007).

A shower that attentions the pedestrian crossing.

A shower that attentions the pedestrian crossing.

The name of the chamber where the Campaign is kept.

The name of the chamber where the Campaign is kept.

A schedule which explains the process of Remuage-process used for preparing the Champagne.The improvement of this drink till it can be sold is based on changing the angle of the bottle, for all the uncleanliness set in the cork. After that,the cork is frozen, so the uncleanliness can be taken without damaging the Champagne. The whole procedure takes 5 years.

A schedule which explains the process of Remuage-process used for preparing the Champagne.The improvement of this drink till it can be sold is based on changing the angle of the bottle, for all the uncleanliness set in the cork. After that,the cork is frozen, so the uncleanliness can be taken without damaging the Champagne. The whole procedure takes 5 years.

The "first" Champagne containing uncleanliness, before passing through "Remuage" process.

The "first" Champagne containing uncleanliness, before passing through "Remuage" process.

The cellar where the Champagne is kept, place located on Champagne's Boulevard.

The cellar where the Champagne is kept, place located on Champagne's Boulevard.

A view through the subways of Cricova.

A view through the subways of Cricova.

Old wine from 1995.

Old wine from 1995.

The Hermann Goring wine's collection, Mosel from 1935. Another part of collection is conserved in Ukraine,Crimea.

The Hermann Goring wine's collection, Mosel from 1935. Another part of collection is conserved in Ukraine,Crimea.

Mouldiness and bacterium developed on a wine bottle. As we said, the humidity in the cellars of Cricova is over 97 %.

Mouldiness and bacterium developed on a wine bottle. As we said, the humidity in the cellars of Cricova is over 97 %.

The cellar where is kept the wine collections.

The cellar where is kept the wine collections.

The personal wine collection of Vladimir Putin.

The personal wine collection of Vladimir Putin.

A closer view on the slate information.

A closer view on the slate information.

The oldest bottle of Wine from Cricova, taken from Israel, in 1902.

The oldest bottle of Wine from Cricova, taken from Israel, in 1902.

A Romanian "Grasa de Cotnari" wine bottle, from 1979.

A Romanian "Grasa de Cotnari" wine bottle, from 1979.

An old French wine from 1936. In 2008, a bottle of this kind was sold for 60.000 euros, for a personal collection.

An old French wine from 1936. In 2008, a bottle of this kind was sold for 60.000 euros, for a personal collection.

The guide told us that this small table with small chairs is an imitation of an old Moldavian custom "La botul calului"("At the muzzle's horse").We don't know if we should believe her or not.Anyway, the cart didn't go in the photo :) .

The guide told us that this small table with small chairs is an imitation of an old Moldavian custom "La botul calului"("At the muzzle's horse").We don't know if we should believe her or not.Anyway, the cart didn't go in the photo 🙂 .

A small official chamber from Cricova.

A small official chamber from Cricova.

A picture of "Moldavian wedding" painted on a wall.

A picture of "Moldavian wedding" painted on a wall.

Another official place.

Another official place.

The official chamber from Cricova,with the "untouchable" table. Around it,there are 60 chairs.

The official chamber from Cricova,with the "untouchable" table. Around it,there are 60 chairs.

The favourite relaxing chamber from Cricova of the ex-president of Moldova, Vladimir Voronin.

The favourite relaxing chamber from Cricova of the ex-president of Moldova, Vladimir Voronin.

A modern WC, including a small chamber for the smokers.

A modern WC, including a small chamber for the smokers.