|Distinctive rock formation in Beaujolais region|
I'll let a few photos tell the story of the winery and the lovely countryside where we enjoyed strolling at a stop along the way (Viking seems to give careful thought to making the necessary rest stops on longer day tours pleasant).
|Our group at the winery|
The Abbey of Cluny was originally founded in 910 AD and grew until it became the mother house for over 1,000 monasteries in the 12th century. Our local guide was charming and exceptionally well-informed--clearly a true admirer of this remarkable medieval abbey and a devoted student of its history. Some of the majestic buildings still stand and are used for, among other things, an architectural school. Eager students dash here and there, adding life and creativity to the mix of impressive old buildings and ruins.
|13th century food storehouse for abbey and village|
|Inside the abbey's Gothic chapel, built around 1460|
|Courtyard outside the cloisters|
Question of the day: How do you prefer to balance experiencing and taking photos when you travel?