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June 19, 2009

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Hello,

I just read your blog about Paray-le-Monial. Hopefully, with the gracious help of God, I would love to go there this coming February 2010.

Do you have any idea of places to stay in this city?

Thank you.

jerry

Jerry,

Paray-le-Monial is a town in a rural area. There is a map online in .pdf: http://www3.lejsl.com/dossiers/cybercom/paray/plan.pdf

There are hotels mentioned on a local website for the area, but I do not know anything about them since I stayed in Lyon: http://www.bourgogne.cybercommunes.com/71/PARAY_LE_MONIAL/decouvrir_paray_le_monial/hebergement/hotels/index_hotels.php

There is an English language page for the Shrine, but it is not as extensive as the French language site: http://www.sanctuaires-paray.com/index.php?lang=en

The French language site has more information about retreats and pilgrimages at the Shrine. If most of your trip will be elsewhere in France, you may be interested in train information and a map showing the proximity of Paray-le-Monial to Paris and Lyon: http://www.sanctuaires-paray.com/spip.php?article9

If you want to spend much of your time in Lyon, as I did, and make day trips from Lyon to Ars and Paray-le-Monial, then I would recommend choosing a hotel in Lyon and then either taking the train or driving to Paray-le-Monial. Aside from one morning of bad weather, where driving anywhere can be difficult, I did not find it to be a difficult place to drive as compared to the California. However, a train ride through the French countryside might be very enjoyable.

In Lyon, places of interest include the Old Lyon area and Fouriere Hill, where you will find the cathedral, the basilica, a Gallo-Roman Museum, ruins of a Roman theatre, a church that once held the relics of St. Irenaeus, and other old churches. For hotels in Lyon, I would recommend the Accor Hotel chain, which has a number of hotels to choose from that are walking distance from the cathedral and the tram up to Fourviere Hill. Those in or near Old Lyon include the Mercure Lyon Beaux-Arts and Mercure Lyon Centre Grand Hotel Perrache. Neither of those are terribly expensive, and both are within walking distance to some of the better restaurants and stores. A little more luxurious, and near the same neighborhood, would be the M Gallery Hotel le Royal Lyon. The best Accor in that area is the Sofitel. The chain's website is at http://www.accorhotels.com.

Another option, at least if you will have a car, is an inexpensive business hotel called the Valpré Lyon Hotel in nearby Ecully. The Valpré's website is at http://www.valpre-lyon-hotel.com. That small hotel has very inexpensive rates and is convenient to reach the highway that goes to Ars and Paray-le-Monial, but it is not actually in Lyon.

Really enjoyed your blog and sounds like you had a wonderful trip. I would love to visit Arrs this summer and Paray le Monia. Do you know if it is difficut to get to Arrs from Lyon and if there is budget accommodation there.
Many thanks and best wishes for 2010. Catherine

I think the best way to get from Lyon to Ars is probably to drive. There is a train to Paray-le-Monial, and you would need to take a taxi from the train station there. If you can get a good deal on a rental car, you could do what I did and rent a car for the time you will spend in Ars and Paray-le-Monial. I don't know how inexpensive you need the accommodations to be.

The Valpré Lyon Hotel in Ecully is fairly inexpensive, and it is somewhat on the way from Lyon to Ars. Ars is a small rural town, just a short distance from Lyon, and it would be better to stay in Lyon or Ecully rather than Ars. However, you may need a car if you stay in Ecully as I am not sure whether there is convenient public transportation from Ecully to either Lyon or Ars. The Valpré's website is at http://www.valpre-lyon-hotel.com.

My hotel was in Lyon. It would be best to stay in Old Lyon if you can, so that you can walk to the cathedral and have access to the metro to get to the basilica and other places you might want to visit. Ars is a small rural town, and it would be best to stay in Lyon or Ecully instead of looking for accommodations actually in Ars. There are several hotels in the Accor hotel chain in or near Old Lyon. Try a search for Lyon on its website to see if there is one available in your price range. http://www.accorhotels.com/gb/usa/index.shtml I do not know if there are youth hostels or other less expensive options.

Enjoy your trip.

Hi, I was wondering how I'll get along in the area of Lyon since my understanding of the French language ends at Merci. Thanks!

You won't have a problem in the Lyon area. It is actually the culinary capitol of the world, in preference even over Paris. There were quite a few tourists there even in the middle of winter. Almost everyone speaks English, so it won't be a problem that you don't speak French.

This place is worth visiting. Even though it's a bit hard to get there but it worth it.

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