France

I was born and raised in Villefranche-sur-Saône, a commune in the Rhône department in eastern France. What could make Villefranche so unique? It can't be because of it's Beaujolais wine (that's the past) but the high number of 'cafes' and 'salons de coiffure' (beauty parlors) that you will find along the (la) 'rue Nationale.'  There is probably one 'bistro' and one 'coiffeur' per handle of  residents and their neighbors...  The small city of Villefranche lies 1 mile (1.6 km) west of the Saône River, and is around 25 kilometres (16 mi)north of Lyon. The inhabitants of the town are called Caladois.

Villefranche-sur-Saône was founded in 1212 by Guichard IV, count of Beaujeu, and became in the 14th century the capital of the Beaujolais province. It endured three sieges in the 15th and 16th centuries. The town walls were taken down early in the 19th century. Industries include wine-trading, metallurgy, textiles, and chemicals. Population of 34,626 in 2006.

The Saône (French pronunciation: [son]; Arpitan Sona) is a river of eastern France. It is a right tributary of the River Rhône. Rising at Vioménil in the Vosges department, it joins the Rhône in Lyon. The name Saône derives from that of the Gallic river goddess Souconna. The recorded ancient name of the river was Arar.

A family reunion in July 1993 at Limas, 69400 near Villefranche.A family reunion in July 1993 at Limas, 69400 near Villefranche.The Rhone (French: Rhône; Arpitan: Rôno; Occitan: Ròse; standard German: Rhone; Valais German: Rotten; Italian: Rodano) is one of the major rivers of Europe, originating in Switzerland and running from there through the south-eastern corner of France. At Arles, near its mouth at the Mediterranean Sea, the river divides into two branches, known as the Great Rhone (French: Grand Rhône) and the Little Rhone (Petit Rhône).

Beaujolais is a French Appellation d'Origine Contrôlée (AOC) wine generally made of the Gamay grape which has a thin skin and is low in tannins. Like most AOC wines they are not labeled varietally. Whites from the region, which make up only 1% of its production, are made mostly with Chardonnay grapes though Aligoté is also permitted. Beaujolais tends to be a very light-bodied red wine, with relatively high amounts of acidity. In some vintages, Beaujolais produces more wine than the Burgundy wine regions of Chablis, Côte d'Or, Côte Chalonnaise and Mâconnais put together.

Villefranche's indoor farmer's market - photo by Annick ElziereLyon, often Anglicized as Lyons, is a city in east-central France in the region Rhône-Alpes, situated between Paris and Marseille. Lyon is located at 470 km from Paris, 320 km from Marseille, 160 km from Geneva, 280 km from Turin, 450 km from Milan and 600 km from Barcelona. The residents of the city are called Lyonnais (singular and plural).

Lyon is a major centre of business with a reputation as the French capital of gastronomy and having a significant role in the history of cinema due to Auguste and Louis Lumière. The local professional football team, Olympique Lyonnais, has increased the profile of Lyon internationally through participation in European football championships. The population of the city of Lyon is 472,305.

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 the international headquarters of Interpol, Euronews, International Agency for Research on Cancer. Lyon is a pilot city of the Council of Europe and the European Commission Intercultural cities programme.

Le Beaujolais county, 2006 - Photos by Annick ElziereCatholic church in Villefranche s/Saone: Notre Dame des Marais - photo by Annick Elziere
  
Cafe sur la rue Nationale, Villefranche sur-Saone - Photo by Annick ElziereHotel de Ville, Villefranche sur-Saone - Photo by Annick Elziere
  
Resident of Villefranche sur-Saone, 2007 - Photo by Annick Elziere © Cafe 'Les Arcades", rue Nationale, Villefranche sur-Saone, 2007 - Photo by Annick Elziere ©
  
My parent's home in La Bourlatiere, Lachassagne sur-Anse, 69400 - Photos by Annick Elziere
  

This stamp commemorate the 60th anniversary of the first flight from Israel to France and of the State of Israel's independence. That flight symbolizes the beginning of the ties and cooperation that exist between the two countries in many areas. The stamps depict the airplane as it leaves Haifa bound for Paris and a letter that was sent aboard that flight. Stamp issue date: 6/11/08 - The photograph of Haifa that appears on the stamp is courtesy of Albatross Photography, Ltd.
  
  La Saone, Villefranche sur-Saone - Photo by Annick Elziere ©
Photo by Annick © Les Bords de la Saone near Villefranche sur-Saone, France