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